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

The author:

Matt lives in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. He is passionate about the independent food & drink sector and founded Great Food Club in 2010 after being inspired by local producers near his home town.