Texture Restaurant London

Agnar Sverrisson – CCS

We have been so busy that time has escaped us in keeping up with our blog, but now we have a few golden nuggets of news in store for you!

As part of a behind the scenes series being produced of our photography partners in action during our food photography commissions we have finally finished our last one of 2012 shot by Craig Fraser. Agnar Sverrisson creates table art for CCS at the Texture Restaurant in London, also on the shoot we see the Chaud Devant team shooting on location for their chef uniforms to be exhibited in the 2013 brochure.

We shot the behind the scenes film using a compact kit as time was of the essence and we wanted footage form a lot of areas and mobility was key. We shot using the Canon 5D Mk3 with a basic redrockmicro rig in-conjunction with the Manfrotto Monopod 561BHDV and for onboard sound we used the RODE Video Mic Pro and double up for interviews with the Zoom H4n.

Food photography shoots are alway difficult as we have to shoot in low light so not to interfere with the photography taking place which the 5D Mk3 is incredibly proficient at doing. With this film we wanted to change things up slightly from the normal shoot so some carefully planned clips which were thought out for time ramping in post, we also had an alternative music style for the production. As always the chef was at the top of his game and produced some exciting and imaginative food combinations.

Photography point of view from Craig Fraser – Frasershot studios.

Here at Frasershot we were delighted to be working with such an amazing talked about chef in his London restaurant. This is an insight into this outstanding Icelandic chef formerly of Le Manoir Quatâ Saisons, producing dishes which are simply stunning.

We set up this studio the day prior to the shoot to ensure we were all set as we were attempting to have everything finished and shot before service, we did admittedly run over but all worked well and seamlessly. The main shots were for an advertorial piece for our client so we decided early on that the main photography would be shot on the Hasselblad mainly using the 120mm lens which I have fell in love with, the clarity is second to none. This shoot was all about Texture and I wanted the sharpness and colour to jump out of the page. We also discussed keeping the shoot simple, these dishes needed a good quality of light and a simple textured surface to not interfere with the food and crockery.

We set the shoot using Profoto D4 power packs and 3 heads. Main backlight was used with a bare head shooting through a diffuser which works beautifully as I can just tweak the head posistion to light the particular dishes without changing the whole rig. We also had a small softbox to fill the main shadow and create the subtle lighting mix which would enhance the colour and depth with in the food.

If you missed any of our other BTS videos you can view them here

Hope you enjoy this blog post and look forward to bringing you more in 2013.

We have shown one of the finished pictures for the shoot above…

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