Mae Challis

I had a bit of a change last week, photography wise. Well, a total change, to be honest; photographing Singer Songwriter, Mae Challis, is probably the opposite end of the spectrum to gnarly scallop fishermen.
I photographed Mae in what turned out to be, thanks to its full-length, south-facing windows, an excellent natural daylight studio – Noa Bake House cafe.
At the time of writing this, I’m waiting for the medium format, 6x7cm scans to land in my inbox. The primary reason for the session was to get some mono images of Mae. However, I did shoot just one roll of colour 35mm – Fuji Superia 400.
I know a lot of photographers don’t like Superia for portraits, but I love it. Depending on how it’s exposed, this film gives very different looks – if over-exposed, as I have here, there is a definite magenta tinge to the final images.
All the images were made using a Nikon F100 and 50mm 1.4G lens. I’ve decided to try a different lab for my developing and scanning and chanced upon, by accident, The Latent Image, based in Shrewsbury, England – I’m more than impressed with the results and service, so I’d highly recommend giving them a go.


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