Derek Snee, UK

Marks & Spencer Food Ad­ven­tures (Bri­tish Food Fes­ti­vals)

Amateur Photographer - - Food Photography -

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

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