Cutting the Cake » January 7, 2008
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I feel a need to explain the background to this one a little. First, there may be more of these going up soon (photos from job shoots, that is). Second, this was my first actual "professional" job. It was located on the second floor of Becco NYC, which was not only a beautiful restaurant, but it also had some of the best food that I have ever tasted (not that I've had much experience tasting fine culinary dishes).

I got the gig through my girlfriend's mother who worked with the groom of the wedding party. I wasn't the only photographer and I wasn't getting paid, but I needed to do something so I could pad my portfolio. Of course, especially when you are getting started with something, you'll do almost anything for free if it will help get you somewhere. Although, after meeting the hosts, I think even if I were getting paid I wouldn't have taken it. They were certainly some of the nicest people that I've ever met and the whole atmosphere seemed to be at ease. It was certainly a nice experience to say the least. Anyway, I'm not even sure how I got this shot to begin with. I was definitely in the right place at the right time. I mean there were what felt like at least 10 of us (this situation certainly could have induced a sense of claustrophobia to some) huddled around them while they were cutting the cake. My positioning was just spot-on. To me, any other angle would not have been as effective as this has been. The whole night I was just shooting away and having not been in that position before, I was certainly getting more and more fatigued as the evening progressed, which caused me to lose what could have been a few good shots (my girlfriend and her family went as well, so I would sit with them every one in a while). Although I would have to say, if this were the only photo that I had taken, it would have certainly been worth it.

In my opinion, this is possibly the best photograph I have ever taken, even up to this point.

I hope you enjoy.
Exif Data

Date Taken: March 17, 2007
Flash: Fired
Lens: 45 mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter: 1/60 sec
ISO: 400
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