We ate a lot of great food in Barcelona without having to try too hard, but one major victory was scoring a reservation at the famed Adrià brothers’ Tickets restaurant. Ferran Adrià’s elBulli restaurant earned three Michelin stars and was rated the best in the world numerous times before it closed in 2011. Tickets, led by brother Albert Adriá, is in many ways a tapas bar version of elBulli, even borrowing some of the restaurant’s signature dishes. The atmosphere is casual and the circus theme is fun. We loved sitting at the counter and being able to watch all the action in the kitchen! Our waiter offered to decide our menu which allowed us to try a nice variety of delicious specialties. Overall, it was an entertaining meal and one I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to experience.
I used the 24mm f/1.4 with my D600 for the photos. The 24mm was a little wide for the food shots (which were cropped in post) but was welcome for captures of the unique restaurant interior. Apart from the large plant casting shadows down on the counter, we were in an awesome location for taking pictures. We sat right in front of the kitchen and had a great view of the line chefs in action. On top of that, there was a decent amount of light so ISOs were kept pretty low given a standard 1/50th at f/2 to f/4 exposure.
See my blog post for more tips on photographing food in restaurants.