Portrait Wednesdays: The Many Faces of Pamela

In 1988, photographer Gary Bernstein, along with Bernie Taupin, published his first book called Burning Cold. The only model whose photographs appeared in the book’s pages was Bernstein’s wife, Kay Sutton York.

I’ve been flogging Wordless then Wordy Wednes-days for many years and thought it was time for a change and inspired by Burning Gold decided to see how many Wednes-days I could publish a different portrait of the same model, in this case Pamela Simpson.

You can read more about Ms. Simpson in my blog post, Capturing the Essence of a Portrait Subject. Over the next who-knows-how-many Wednesdays I will be showcasing a different image of her that was made over the five years I’ve photographed Pam. This series will feature images of the same model, by the same photographer but showcasing her many, many different looks in many different portrait styles.

Today’s image is from our very first portrait session on August 16, 2012. It was shot using a single monolight with a 40-inch with umbrella mounted and placed at camera right with a 32-inch reflector at left for fill. Camera used was a Canon EOS 5D Mark I with EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens (at 56mm) with an exposure of 1/125 sec at f/14 and ISO 100. Image was processed using the Silver Efex Pro and Color Efex Pro Photoshop-compatible plug-ins.

Used copies of Gary Bernstein’s Burning Cold are available from Amazon for prices as low as $8.49, as I write this. Ms. Simpson is featured on the front cover of my book Posing for Portrait & Glamour Photography. New copies of my book are available, as I wrote this, for $14.75 from Amazon—even cheaper than used.

Author: Joe Farace

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