I spent this afternoon at The Hearth of the Ram. I was not tucking into the scrumptious food that is served there for a change. Nor did I sit at the bar to sample their excellent beer collection. I was there to only photograph the food and drinks this time. The Hearth of the Ram website is getting a thorough makeover, adding new functionality in the shape of a table booking system, and I was asked to provide the photography. I enjoyed the work very much, but at times I was tempted to eat the beautifully prepared and plated dishes even before I had taken a photograph of it. Trying to get across on two dimensions how good this food is was a difficult task. The smells and flavours were absolutely gorgeous (yes I did get to eat some of it!) I just hope my pictures can do justice to the skills of the chef, Nassem Abdullah, and his staff.
Doing this work also gave me an insight in the skills required to produce good food images. Attention to detail is certainly required, and fortunately the restaurant owner, Euan Watkins, acted as my assistant for the day. He removed the fingerprints and minute spills of sauce that I had not spotted. During the day he also became very competent at handling the reflector.