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Dar Roumana, Fez, Hotel downstairs room

Dar Roumana, a Gem Hidden in a Labyrinth

Dar Roumana, Fez, Hotel downstairs roomDar Roumana is within the Medina of Fez.

I had been to Morocco one time before, also for work. That was in Casablanca, working for Harvard, you can read about it here.

I wouldn’t say I am a fan of Casablanca, my disappointment compounded because I loved the film. The reality is that it’s very noisy, dirty and for the most part kind of charmless.

Fez on the other hand was is more captivating, disorienting too, the world’s biggest maze.

The first night I got a whirlwind tour through the labyrinth of the Medina, popping into a beautiful and mysterious riad owned by French friends of the client.

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Agata Restaurant Barcelona

Agata Restaurant, Barcelona

Agata Restaurant BarcelonaThese pictures were for a restaurant that was creating a new website.

I got a call from a girl I know called Freddie, who is a designer and also runs a Meetup group for such people, I sometimes go along as it is a very relaxed social night out, rather than the typical networking events, which always feel a bit false and not unlike how I imagine  speed dating nights might be!

I basically had to get shots of the restaurant and also a party they were hosting.

Shooting a place like this is always going to be a tad awkward if its busy and of course the day I arrived this was the case; I wanted to do HDR postproduction, so ideally needed to use a tripod…

My favourite shot is the one I did when no people had arrived, I think the HDR is not excessive and brings a light touch to the image. The second part of the job meant coming back in the evening for the event, this was primarily about food shots so I had to work on the fly before people arrived getting what I could with an agile set up, this in the end involved a flash with a either bare head or basic diffuser and a ring flash for fill, I  was up very close with a lens that has macro capabilities so did not need to shoot wide open to get some decent shallow depth of field (a lot of people talk a lot of crap about how DoF is only really possible on full frame cameras; most of these were shot around f8 on a 4/3 sensor).

The lighting set up worked quite well and like I said was flexible enough to work quickly, as anyone who has ever worked in a restaurant knows things can get very stressful. luckily Lorien, the chef, was a great help.

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Bars in Barcelona: Quimet i Quimet, Poble Sec

This is a great place. Small, intimate with a friendly bunch of people and accommodating owners. It got busy very quickly, I had a strobe right in the corner to add some fill to balance outside light, but the main shots were the food.

I basically took photos of the food before it was devoured by the customers, i would get permission and grab quick shots, everyone there though was relaxed and gracious. The bar is situated in Poble Sec which is an area I would quite like to live in, it has a buzz about it without being at pretentious.

A few days later I took my friend Yeesan from NYC there along with some others and the owner comped us 2 bottles of cava so I guess he liked the shots as well.

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Casa Jose, Barcelona

Casa José, Barcelona

Casa Jose, BarcelonaThe email I got regarding this place was that the speciality prawn dish cooked on a bed of salt was the shoot needed.

The space was very cramped, it was impossible to use a brolly on the flash fully open, there were all sorts of hot spots with the stainless steel panelling.

Even with a fish eye lens the camera was right up against the back plate and my hand was touching the grill that was getting steadily hotter, this shot was possible because my camera has a flip out LCD screen, otherwise it would have all been guess work, and I would of found it impossible to frame it as accurately as this, which is an uncropped shot.

Normally one tries to get a variety of shots but the place was still closed, without customers and I had to do some other shots that evening, seeing this shot on the LCD though I knew it perfect for what they wanted.