Food Photography For Fire Lake, Radisson Blu Leeds

New Season – New Food Photography

With summer arriving, the menus at Radisson in Leeds change – so they needed new Food Photography to promote it. I was invited down to work with the new chef and Tom, the mixologist, to create a whole set.

The Food

The Fire Lake vibe is on the rustic edge, so we use some old wood and an old table for the Food Photography presentation. It gives that darker look too – so the bright, summer colours stand out.

The light setup is pretty intense – 4 flashes all around the table, makes for interesting viewing for the hotel guests as they walk past! It’s quite a performance!

I loved this blue/green plate – really made the fish dish appear delicious.

This tomato and cheese dish showcases several different tomatoes – using that black plate really makes them sing from the photo

Another angle on the first dish – to make the asparagus really stand out I got down to table level.

A delicious pork dish

On to a cocktail – we carried on using the wood background for a few. Love these little glasses of ice – you pick up the “cone” to sip the rum, the ice keeps it cold for you.

The brownies were amazing by the way

The colours were so intense on this desert.

It’s not a cigar, but a piece of cinnamon stick smouldering after Tom had set it alight. The top light catches it perfectly to make the plume stand out.

I always make these ultra close-up shots if the drink has decoration – like the lemon skin here.

For this we removed the back panel of wood – the background is now the open hotel bar. You can see that the ambient light doesn’t affect the photos – it’s all created with flash.

Tom uses patterned ice cubes – that’s attention to detail!

They really do present this cocktail on that piece of wood, with the glass closh on top of it! And it’s full of smoke too…. The lights in the background are above the bar

Ultra close up detail of a rum cocktail – I loved the detail on the orange slice.

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Trinity Leeds – The New Shopping Centre Goes LIVE!

TRINITY LEEDS goes live!

It’s been a few years in the creation – at last, the Trinity Leeds centre is open, so here are a few shots of the place for those who’ve not been yet.

It’s full of well-known brands, so no huge surprises to shoppers and the architecture of the huge glass roof is remarkable and well worth a look if you’re into impressive structures.

The name comes from the adjacent Trinity Church, an impressive building around which the shopping centre was built. The tall tower can be seen through the impressive glass roof, creating a huge monolithic shadow in the sky.

Trinity Leeds on 3 Levels

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Trinity Leeds – before it was the trinity

If you want to see what the centre looked like BEFORE it was complete, there’s a great blog by JOHN HOWE on it at My Life in Leeds -> Click Here


According to the Wikipedia entry….

"Trinity Leeds is a shopping and leisure centre in Leeds, England, named after the adjacent 18th-century Holy Trinity Church. It opened on 21 March 2013, with over 130,000 recorded visitors on opening day.[1] The development is in two parts: Trinity East, a new build development on the site of the former Trinity and Burton Arcades, and Trinity West, the redeveloped Leeds Shopping Plaza. The development has a catchment of 5.5 million people offering a spend of £1.93 billion annually.[2] It will lift Leeds from seventh to fourth in the CACI UK retail rankings[3] and create over 3000 jobs.
The combined scheme has 93,000 m2 (1,000,000 sq ft) of retail floor space for 120 stores anchored by the flagship Marks & Spencer and Topshop/Topman stores. These units exist as standalone stores and are being expanded and remodelled into Trinity Leeds. Other retailers signed up are H&M, River Island, Next and new names to the city such as Apple, Hollister, Cult and Mango.
The shopping centre has a food court in Trinity West. In Trinity East, YO! Sushi, Carluccio's, Giraffe and Handmade Burger Co. opened. D&D London opened two restaurants, their first in the UK outside London. Everyman Cinemas opened its first premises outside London, a 3,700 m2 (40,000 sq ft) four screen art-house cinema.
Trinity has attracted ten international retailers new to the UK market whose names are yet to be released. A 9,900 m2 (107,000 sq ft) Primark will open in Trinity West in Summer 2013. Costing Land Securities £350m,[5] the development was 66% let a year before opening. It is the only major retail development under construction in the United Kingdom and the only new retail development to be completed in 2013. The Lead Architect for Trinity Leeds is Chapman Taylor."