Happy Anniversary

My Anniversary Dinner

Today is a special day. For everyone else it’s Thursday, July 18th. For my wife and I, it’s our 5 year wedding anniversary…

And that’s about as special as it gets. πŸ™‚ Today was like any other day for us…. wake up, work, come home, eat, bathe, sleep…rinse and repeat.

So today, my big sister sends me an email:

Big sis:

Hope you get out and do something special today!
Love you!


Thanks :-)
nothing but work for the both of us today. we get off at 5, pick
up Liem, gome home, cook dinner, give him a bath, and go to sleep.
no time for anything else lol.

Big sis:

Pizza and a bottle of wine!!!


So I chatted up my wife and we decided pizza sounded like a great idea.

Of course an extravagant dinner such as this needs to be photographed. How often does a 5 year wedding anniversary dinner come around? πŸ™‚

I setup the shot on our dining room table, which is two feet away from a very large window. I didn’t want any ambient light. I wanted to kill it all off, with nothing illuminating the plate except my flash.

Here is a setup diagram of what I did.

Our dining room table is in….well, the dining room. It sits next to a large window. I didn’t want to take any chances of ambient spilling over into the shot, so I used a piece of black foam core to block it out.

I setup a boom with my 580 EX II (set to 1/128th power), with a 45 degree Grid Light Modifier attached to it.

My 5D II, with my trusty 50L was set to f/11, 1/200s shutter speed to kill ambient, and ISO 400 (I forgot to change my ISO settings from a previous shoot…normally I would have done ISO 100….live and learn).

In any case, here is the finished shot. We had a Pizza Hut Dinner Box. My wife’s favorite is pepperoni. My favorite is a some-what veggie pizza…well…it has red onions and green peppers, and tomatoes. Some cheese breadsticks and buffalo wings to top it off….and of course we couldn’t forget the wine. πŸ˜‰

My wife helped me arrange the food items (ok she did it all on her own because I just kind of threw them on the plate and said “tada”.

If you look carefully at her expertly crafted paper towel “napkin”, the napkin ring is actually our wedding bands. We decided to “upgrade” our wedding bands with Tungsten Carbide bands with inlaid wood (wood is the traditional 5th anniversary gift after all).

The white plate did a pretty good job at bouncing a bit of light back up and illuminating the wine glasses.

I didn’t care about the hard, dark shadows because hey,…it’s our anniversary…and we deserve to be in the spotlight. πŸ˜‰

I would, at this time, like to tell my wife “Happy Anniversary” to 5 happy years of marriage. I couldn’t have done it without you (Because then I would just be single…and celebrating my singleness? How sad….). I love you sweetheart.

And a big thank you to my big sis. I wouldn’t have had this dinner without you. πŸ˜‰ Love you sis.

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