One Show appearance for Hertfordshire snapper

PUBLISHED: 12:45 03 August 2012

The 'cherry pie and ice cream'

The 'cherry pie and ice cream'

Copyright: Darrin Jenkins

FAKE ice cream, next to a pastry crust filled with tissue paper, beneath a bed of tinned cherries.

Hardly sounds like a classic Jamie Oliver or Gordon Ramsay dish.

But this is what it takes to sometimes get the best in food photography – something Darrin Jenkins knows all about.

The above ‘recipe’ for a reconstructed cherry pie was used by the Codicote snapper when he appeared on The One Show last week.

Darrin, who has been a photographer for 20 years, was picked out by the producers of the BBC One show for his expertise in capturing food as part of their series on various aspects of photography.

The Redbourn resident, who runs D Jenkins Photography on Codicote’s High Street, told the WHT he was asked to make a shop-bought cherry pie look immaculate as part of the four-and-a-half minute feature, in which he also showed a three part composite shot featuring steak with pink peppercorns and tomatoes on a vine.

“It was an enjoyable experience,” said Darrin, who once starred on Ready Steady Cook.

“My choice of food to photograph was, to some extent, dictated by the producer’s requirements; we had to do lots of ‘tricks’ and one shot had to be a composite.

“This was much harder than it may seem as most shots don’t involve that much trickery.

“Finally we decided on a couple of main shots and a broken glass for ‘ice’ shot.

“The shoot took place at my studio in May; they spent all day filming then went away with over eight hours of footage to edit down to just four-and-a-half minutes!

“My home economist, Trish Davies, did the food prep and showed a few tricks like making the fake ice-cream with icing sugar and margarine, and fake ice which was the smashed up base of a glass tumbler.”

“Since its been on air I’ve had some extra work come in and I’ve had lots of positive feedback, so its been good.”

During the show Darrin explained that one of the main keys with any photograph was the lighting and this was especially the case with food.

“It depends on what dish you’re taking a picture of.

“But really it’s all about the lighting, that’s one of the really key elements.”

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