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Outstanding in the Field – Pemberton

North Arm Farm Outstanding in the Field Long Table Series Pemberton
I spent Sunday even photographing the Outstanding in the Field dinner at the North Arm Farm for Insight Photography. It was a fun job, despite the harsh sun and bugs at the farm.

Outstanding in the Field is a company that travels around North America and Europe staging dinners at farms, working with a local restaurant to cater the dinner, and using ingredients from the farm and surrounding area for the meal. The North Arm Farm in Pemberton is a premiere location on the tour.

The famous Whistler restaurant Araxi handled the catering and did a superb job.

North Arm Farm Outstanding in the Field Long Table Series Pemberton
Farmer Jordan Sturdy takes the guests for a tour around the farm before dinner.

North Arm Farm Outstanding in the Field Long Table Series Pemberton
The first course dinner menu.


An Araxi cook stirs a pot of beets and carrots.

North Arm Farm Outstanding in the Field Long Table Series Pemberton
Beef tenderloin on the grill.

North Arm Farm Outstanding in the Field Long Table Series Pemberton
Araxi Executive Chef James Walt plates the main course. Despite the stereotypical image of the volcanic Gordon Ramsay-ish chef, I never heard Chef Walt even raise his voice, although he kept complete control of his kitchen and cooks, despite the whole thing being moved into a farmer’s field. The kitchen and wait staff also showed great patience with the big photographer generally getting in the way of everything. A really classy show all the way around.

North Arm Farm Outstanding in the Field Long Table Series Pemberton
Pemberton raised beef tenderloin with horseradish, beets, and carrots from the farm.

North Arm Farm Outstanding in the Field Long Table Series Pemberton
A waiter tops up the wine

North Arm Farm Outstanding in the Field Long Table Series Pemberton
A toast between courses

North Arm Farm Outstanding in the Field Long Table Series Pemberton
Fruit dessert.

Tech Stuff
It was a fairly straight forward shoot. The big issues where colour correction, especially as I was moving from the shaded kitchen area, where the light has a strong bluish cast, so the full sun of the dinning area. Rather than do custom colour balances, I have preset balances programmed into my copy of Apple Aperture that I can easily apply in post production.

I tried to avoid using flash, as it generally ruins the really nice evening light you get in Pemberton.

Camera: Nikon D700
Lenses: Nikon AF-S 17-35mm f/2.8 (Scenics), Nikon AF-S 28-70mm f/2.8 (Food and Kitchen), Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8 (Waiter)



Outstanding in the Field – Pemberton – North Arm Farm