I was in Vancouver this week for a Vancouver food shoot at the new Japanese Barbecue House Yakiniku Ya with my buddy, Vancouver designer Jung Shin. It’s a pretty cool place, with the barbecues set right into the tables.
One of the waitresses stood in as a hand model.
It took three attempts to get the beef to sit right on the plate.
This was a full on technical lighting exercise, with three Alien Bee studio strobes, a softbox on a boom arm as a back light, which was at +1 stop, another strobe with a 22″ dish and diffuser to fill in the shadows, and the third one mounted with a grid spot to give the highlights on the food, and to light up the smoke coming off the barbecued meat.
Jung wanted the barbecue shots to have a really shallow depth of field, so I shot them with a 70-200m lens, racked all the way out. I had to get so far back I was almost at the far side of the restaurant.
Lenses: Nikon AF-S 28-70mm f/2.8 and Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8
Lighting: Alien Bee B-1600 x 3