Derek Snee, UK
Marks & Spencer Food Adventures (British Food Festivals)
Tapas Upon tyne
On a chilly winter evening in Newcastle-upon-Tyne’s Christmas market, an enthusiastic chef prepares warming Catalan tapas. ‘Its a great place for street photography,’ enthuses Derek. ‘I went there looking for potential entries to the competition. This Catalan tapas stall had a great combination of ingredients: a busy chef hard at work on a rustic wooden stall, a foreground of steaming tapas pans, and a backdrop of vibrant and contrasting colours that I felt would convert well to black & white. The natural light had gone, so I set my ISO to 2000 and aperture to f/4, to give just enough depth of field. With my exposure metering set to spot, I quickly focused on and metered off the brightly lit right side of the chef’s face. This gave a shutter speed of 150sec and produced strong contrast.
I found an empty space in the crowd in front of the tapas pans and took a couple of shots while the chef was busy. Then she looked up, turned in my direction and beamed a terrific smile. Click.’ Fujifilm X100F, 1/150sec at f/4, ISO 2000