Blind Swine | York

Blind Swine | York, originally uploaded by bang*.

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An evening at the Swine

Managed to get down to shooting service at The Blind Swine last night.
Food shot with 5Dii 50mm. Service shot with Leica M8.2 CV 50mm f/1.1.

Blind Swine | York

Blind Swine | York

Blind Swine | York

Blind Swine | York

Blind Swine | York

Blind Swine | York

Blind Swine | York

Blind Swine | York

Blind Swine | York

Blind Swine | York

Blind Swine | York

Blind Swine | York

Get yourselves booked in now before the wait list gets too long.

Triptychs | Blind Swine #7

Triptychs | Blind Swine #7, originally uploaded by bang*.

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See the rest of the series here –
Second set of Triptychs for the Blind Swine.

THE place to hang your hat whilst indulging in the finest of eating and drinking pleasure in York.

Told you I’d have more on the way.
So last night was opening night and good golly it was seriously good. I have to say I’ve appreciated food before but last night I finally saw it as art in its own right. It isn’t just the food though, the paired cocktails lift it to a new level. Then if that isn’t enough throw in the whole theatre of the experience.
If this place doesn’t take off then there is something very very wrong with food culture in the North.

More triptychs coming, plus I still have the actual venue and food service to photograph.

Kitchen Garden Lighting Set-up

Kitchen Garden Lighting Set-up, originally uploaded by bang*.

Day 260 / 365

Time for a little something different again.
Here’s one from todays final set of shots for the N.T. editorial piece, only this time with an added educational aspect.

Strobistamatic info –
As photo;
1 x Speedlight gridded high and camera right, to provide a little pop to the food.
1 x Speedlight (on top of wall) high behind food to give backlighting / rim (replicate the sun which was over the wall).

White big reflector hand held just out of frame (left) to kick a little of the spill back in.

Could I not have just shot this available light, yeah but it looked a little dead without some modelling and to be honest where’s the fun in that.

Rf – 603 triggers.

Canon 1Dmkiii, Sigma 50mm f1.4


Out-take, originally uploaded by bang*.

Day 257 / 365

One that didn’t quite make the cut from todays shoot for a gardening magazine.

1Dmkiii, 50mm

Wow I’ve just realised how close to being under 100 days left on this project, time flies when your struggling for ideas eh?

This was a fun little commission for a gardening magazine on behalf of the National Trust. I got to pretty much have full freedom over what and how I shot this lovely garden which is used to grow ingredients for their tea rooms and restaurant in York.


Macaroons, originally uploaded by bang*.

Day 92 / 365

Yum yum.
Another very good reason to live in York. Or a very dangerous place when within walking distance after ones evening meal.
The formidable Betty’s Tea Rooms. Fine handmade cakes for even the most discerning aficionados. It’s very worth a trip for those visiting the area, elegant design, music from the Grand Piano and a good old fashioned English high tea. Here’s a little something from the Betty’s PR –

In 1936 the founder of Bettys, Frederick Belmont, travelled on the maiden voyage of the Queen Mary. He was so enthralled by the splendour of the ship that he commissioned the Queen Mary’s designers and craftsmen to turn a dilapidated furniture store into his most sophisticated branch yet – an elegant café in the land-locked location of St Helen’s Square. Today, as you sit in Bettys surrounded by huge curved windows, elegant wood panelling and ornate mirrors, you can almost imagine yourself aboard a luxury liner.


It’s an experience.
I had some fun photographing these little Macaroons, so figured I’d put a collection together. I purchased them this morning for a family meal tomorrow, my little bring along. Strawberry/Raspberry, Lemon, Pistacio & Chocolate. So very deserving of todays shot I felt.

Canon 5D/50mm f1.4
E-PL2/20mm f1.7

Yup so much fun it took two cameras. Two shots from each.

This could be the start of foodie week for the project, I’ll see how it plays out.

50 days of project365

Brunch, originally uploaded by bang*.

50 / 365 – Brunch

50 days of 365 goodness deserves a tasty snack. Yum yum chilli scrambled eggs on baby spinach over brown toast, finished with a glorious helping of HP sauce. To think I was going to go to Coffee Culture for a bacon sandwich instead.
Enjoyed with fresh coffee and a little musical inspiration by Head like a Kite.
It’s been a frantic week around here, mostly not involving me but the energy and dash has been hard not to get sucked into. I figured before finishing up my (now well overdue) January review I’d take some time out and have a relaxing Saturday brunch. Made all the more cozy by the fact I sat in the window and looked out through the snow.
Time out over now, so without any further procrastination the Jan 365 review shall follow this post.