Photo of the day: fish being smoked in Grimsby

June 5, 2015, photograph by Robin Stewart

This image by award-winning local photographer Robin Stewart shows fish being prepared to be smoked at Sealord Grimsby in Lincolnshire. There are 20 chimneys at Sealord Grimsby, each used to cold-smoke haddock and cod mainly caught in Icelandic waters. The product has Protected Designation of Origin status and the Sealord factory itself is 70 years old and grade 2 listed. The small work-force of 12 are dedicated and proud of their product – all of which goes to Waitrose.

Robin says: “The photo was take with a Nikon D800 and a Tamron 24-70mm zoom lens. This lens has image stabilization and a fixed aperture of 2.8 throughout its range. This is ideal for low or poor light and action shots, where a fast shutter speed is essential. A Nikon speedlight was also used to bounce additional light from the ceiling – I didn’t want it directed into the chimney as I wanted to keep the tar-coated walls and not blow-out the white overalls.”

Robin Stewart is an ex-chef and professional food photographer. See more of his work at

Matt Wright
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Matt lives in Leicestershire. He is passionate about British pubs, slow food and home brewing. He founded Great Food Club (originally as Great Food Magazine) in 2010 after being inspired by local producers near his home town of Melton Mowbray - Britain's 'Rural Capital of Food'.