Weather has been lovely in Seville lately and this Saturday temp. is beautiful. I have a photoshoot with Cuarto de Maravillas for a new blog post about how to lay a well-set – table just by using paper staff. The point is: why disposable table settings have to be always as this tasteless and shabby? Is it possible to prepare an elegant supper one without using real plates, glasses and cutlery?.

merienda-2 (Nikon D3X, ISO 160 70 mm. f.2’8 1/30 segs.)

We got in touch with Gollerías, one of the best bakeries in Seville, in spite of its small establishment; and also with RM fiestas, a little shop in los Remedios, located in front of the Príncipes park, which has a nice range of colorful and high quality flatware, both plastic and paper.

Gollerías-1 (Nikon D300s, ISO 800 24 mm. f.5’6 1/125 seg.)

Both the writer and I have decided to go to Plaza de España, at Maria Luisa´s park. Initially, our idea was to shoot in the morning, but we had some disadvantages. Everything seems to be a problem:

Firstly, the pastry chef could´t be ready before 11:30 a.m., then having the staging before 13:30 p.m. seemed difficult and the sun is already quite high… with too many backlights!

Secondly, as we lost my grandparent´s keys, we can’t get one of the plastic tables that my grandmother used at family celebrations (my grandparents have 10 children, eight of whom are married, eight have kids and not necessarily the same eight). Then, we went to my aunt Maripaz´s house to get copies, but as we arrived, Jacobo (the only son still staying with his parents) had left a new lock at the main gate, so I had to jump over the fence, get into the house, rummage all over the house, and finally manage to get the lock´s key.

And when we thought nothing worst could happen to us, we weren’t able to put the table into the car!!! Luckily, my super fit cousin Nacho appeared at that moment (he is a professional golf player), and helped us with that. He seemed to be so amused that decided to come with us.

Thus, since Nacho appeared, our luck changed and we found a place nearby to park and unload all the stuff we had brought with us.


(Nikon D3X,     ISO 125 66mm    f.2’8      1/30 seg.)

Imagine people´s faces when passing close!! Some of them even asked if they could taste one, others got annoyed when trying to step on the clothing pretending they were feeding the ducks. The children running around my cameras fastened over the tripods… I don´t even know how I achieved not to kill someone.

With such a panorama, we speeded up as two mad beasts, were driving crazy towards the poor Nacho, who looked fascinated at the situation. In the meantime, the wind blew the glasses and twirled the plates.


(Nikon D3X,      ISO 280       62mm      f.2’8    1/30 seg.)

Nevertheless, despite the wind, the photos are amazing. You can find the cakes, flatware and fabric details both at Cuarto de Maravillas´s blog on Bulevar Sur for ABC de Sevilla and also at her web.

tarta platano (Nikon D300s, ISO 200 35mm f.5’0 1/100 seg.)

servilletas (Nikon D300s, ISO 200 48 mm. f.5’0 1/100 seg.)

merienda-6 (Nikon D3X, ISO 100, 70 mm. f.16 10´0 segs.)
In a photoshoot, nothing is always perfect. It is important to take care of all details. A perfect example: the tablecloth was short on one of the sides, and we forgot retouching it for this photo. However, I am fully in love with this one, as the side perspective shows both the fountain and the center part of Plaza de España, designed by Anibal Gonzalez.

merienda-8 (Nikon D3X ISO 100, 48 mm. f.11 10 segs.)

merienda-9 (Nikon D3X, ISO 100 62 mm. F.7’1 5’0 segs.)
As you can see in this photo, the wind was flying the tablecloths. Just 3 seconds after this pic, the fabric got entirely over the cake.