I just finished a big shoot at the Vancouver Korean restaurant Red Chicken: Kang Nam (on Bute street, just off Robson, if you want to check it out) with my friend, Vancouver graphic designer Jung Shin. We photographed the entire menu over three sessions, including one that ran from midnight to 8:00 AM! I never thought I would be photographing so many Vancouver restaurants, but it’s been a lot of fun.
Jung wanted a really large egg yolk for this photo, so the guys in the kitchen went through all the eggs and found the largest one in the restaurant.
The client wanted a high key look to the photos, and the black tables were just too dark for that. For the first day’s shoot, we took the chalk board they used to write up the daily daily specials, knocked the frame off it, and used the back of it for a table top. The next day, I went down to Chinatown and picked up a selection of bamboo mats and table settings, which worked pretty well. Jung went to Dressew and got this faux Martha Steward table cloth. The client went to the high end Vancouver fabric store Chintz and Co. and picked up this beautiful piece of red velour. It was over $50 for a 1.5 meter section, but did it ever make for a lush background for the photos.
Camera: Nikon D3
Lenses: Nikon AF-S 28-70mm f/2.8
Lighting: Alien Bee B-1600 studio strobe lights X 3