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  • Canon 5D Mark III
  • 1/50
  • EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
  • 1600
  • 100/1
  • Off
  • f/6.3

This shot was taken at a wedding reception at the Rostertail in Detroit, Michigan. I was second shooting with my mentor, Mishelle Lamarand. When second shooting, I usually do not have the ability to meet with the client prior to the wedding day. Not knowing what details or locations may look like the day of a wedding, I have to think on my feet and get creative. At the reception, the couple had cigars and matchbooks available for the guests and thats when I got the idea for this ring shot. I ran up to my mentor and asked if she was ok with me taking a shot that was potentially dangerous. She jokingly and reluctantly gave me the ok. "Just don't burn down the place!". I set up my tripod (Manfrotto 190XPROB), Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 100mm f/2.8 L Macro, and a Canon 600EX-RT attached on camera and bounced the light to take the shot. I knew I had one chance to take it so I set the drive mode to high speed continuous mode. A burst of flames, smoke, and 6 frames per second of flashes was enough for the mother of the bride and the venue management to come rushing over with excitement and concern. "Oh boy, im in trouble now" I thought to myself. The mother was not happy with me at all for almost burning down the place and then nearly flooding the place if the fire sprinklers went off. However, it was the shot of the night and the bride and groom were ecstatic about the picture! A moment and photograph I'll never forget!