Smoking herring, Wismar, Germany

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Comments (13)

Ian Stehbens on July 11, 2007

The most beautiful weather of the summer ensured a huge turnout for the mediaeval festival held beside the harbour. All the old skills and memories were displayed in stalls and performances that engaged this photographer. A day to remember and only the camera can remember the details and overview, the colours and the movements, the intimacies and the joustings, the artistry and the craft. There has never been a better smoking or a baking or a steaming then there was in Wismar that day!!

Marilyn Whiteley on October 27, 2007

And I bet there was also no better eye to record it! Excellent shot.

Ian Stehbens on October 27, 2007

I had the lens almost in the oven, Marilyn. I am pleased that you create similar images, and have enjoyed browsing my collection. It is good to connect with your appreciative spirit.

Amelia Royan on September 28, 2009

There is many a Dutchman whose mouth will be watering at the sight of this Ian, although they may prefer their herring soaked in vinegar. The photo reminds me of our visit to the old sardine factory, now a museum, in Stavanger, where they used the same methods of smoking as you have shown here with this very artistic photo. The smell was overpowering, but the sardines tasted lovely :))

Greetings, Amelia

Ian Stehbens on September 29, 2009

What a joy to be touring Europe again, with you as a companion, Amelia. In all the lands around the North Sea and the Baltic it seems that the smell of herring smoking makes people salivate. I loved exploring Yarmouth, Aberdeen, Rostok, Wismar and Rotterdam and I am sure that I would love to do the same in Stavanger - for your imagery has invited and convinced me that one day I will.

Warm greetings,


Teča sa Dunava on May 10, 2010

Very nice foto from fish! Teca sa Dunava - Serbia!

Ian Stehbens on May 10, 2010

Thank you, Teca sa Dunava. Welcome to my gallery, too. Warm regards from Sydney, AUS.


Christos Theodorou on November 19, 2011

Lovely shot. Friendly greetings from Athens.

Ian Stehbens on December 6, 2011

Thanks Christos. I thought maybe I was a bit intrusive point the camera into the oven, but it was one of those glimpses that one never wants to forget. I can smell it still.


Maria Meiser on December 21, 2011



Greetings, Maria

Ian Stehbens on January 14, 2012

Thanks Marie. You can taste the smoke on your palate, I'm sure!

Warm regards,


Wa Wa on August 11, 2014

Nice shot, very interesting picture! LIKE

Greetings from Tokyo, (^_^)/ mandegan

Ian Stehbens on August 12, 2014

Thank you Mandegan... you would be a connoisseur of fish, I am sure. Smoking fish like this was new to me, at the time. I am pleased that you appreciate the photo.

Regards from Australia


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