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Pete Brown is a British writer who specialises in writing about Beer. He is the author of five-and-a-half books as well as the annual Cask Report, and numerous articles in the drinks trade press and consumer press. He appears regularly on TV and radio, and is a judge on the BBC Food and Farming Awards and the Great Taste Awards. He is a member of the British Guild of Beer Writers, and was named Beer Writer of the Year in 2009 and 2012. The editorial photography was to show the very first stages of the hops being picked and then being delivered to the warehouse where the workers then put it through a variety of machines before it is then delivered to the Shepherd Neame brewery in Faversham. When you have a chance to just capture the events in front of you it is all about the characters that are involved in the process, I used predominantly the 24-70mm lens for some wider internal photos and the 70mm end to capture some candids and portraits of the people working in the field. In addition the 135mm prime lens was perfect for some detail images of machinery, hops and abstracts.

The early morning light was neutral so no need for any artificial lighting to be used, just natural light, also as the sun still rising at this hour there was no danger of strong shadows effecting the photos, this allowed me to use numerous angles around the farm and industrial areas to document the hop pickers. Look forward to reading Pete's book which is scheduled for release in 2017.
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