This recent commission may be of interest and indeed familiar to my Melbourne friends.
The 3 mobile kitchens are essentially converted containers that offer a mobile catering solution, and are currently located at 80 Collins Street (at the corner of Collins and Exhibition St), underneath an amazing piece of urban art.
I have photographed the basic kitchen for the company behind the concept, KOR Hire (http://korhire.com.au) , a couple of years ago in a vineyard in Heathcote, however on this occasion the kitchens have adopted new livery to reflect the chefs involved in the project.
Jimmy Grants is operated by George Colombaris and George Sykiotis of Masterchef and Press Club fame, while St. Ali (operated by Salvatore Malateste) is a well recognised name in Melbourne coffee circles with the two other cafes St. Ali North, and St.Ali South being recognised for the quality of the food and, obviously coffee. Kong is operated by Danny Lucas, who is the owner of the excellent restaurant Chin Chin in Flinders Lane.
The above image is a linear panorama, that differs from a standard panorama in that instead of capturing all the source images from one location, I moved the camera and captured each frame from a new viewpoint. The reason I had to do this was quite simply because the laneway is too narrow to be able to stand back far enough and get everything in the shot. Had I used an ultra wide lens there would of course have been considerable distortion. This is a tricky technique to get right, simply because no software can or will stitch the images together properly, which means that producing this type of shot is a manual and time consuming activity in Photoshop, arranging the source images and slowly blending by hand. The images below will give some idea of how narrow the passage way is at this location.
The other wide angle views were captured with the 17mm TS-E…
Again, this was technically challenging, but of course a lot of fun to do!