Marriage, Ring, Heart

JUNE 2011 – A ring throws a heart-shaped shadow as it rests in a dictionary next to the entry for marriage. Photo © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Wedding photography enables you to shoot all kinds of fascinating images as you will be typically joining the couple prior to the wedding and follow them through one of the most important days in their lives – with countless photo opportunities.

Here’s an attractive way to capture a single ring in a wedding context: Put the ring into the fold of a book. This could be, for example, the Bible, the wedding register, or a dictionary. Then place a remotely triggered flash slightly behind and above the ring (following the line of the fold) and select an aperture that works in terms of the blur. A value of f/2.8 may be too much, but f/5.6 to f/8 will probably give good results, and – voilá – here’s a super nice image of that ring as it throws a heart-shaped shadow. Also works with two rings, but this requires more testing and adjustment of the flash.

Love it.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time23-JUN-2011, 17:11
LocationMunich, Germany
CameraCanon EOS-1Ds Mark III
LensCanon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Exposure1/125 sec at f/8 (with flash)
Digital Image Source FormatCanon Camera RAW (CR2)
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions5042 x 3360 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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