Portrait Wednesdays: Leather in B&W

With Wordy Wednesdays running so many years I thought it was time for a change and inspired by Gary Bern-stein’s 1988 book Burning Cold decided to see how many Wednesdays I could publish a different portrait of the same model, in this case Pamela Simpson.

Over the next who-knows-how-many weeks I’ll be show-casing a different image of her that was made over the five years I’ve worked with Pam show-ing her many, many different looks in many different styles.

One of the delights of working with Pam was never knowing what her hair style or even its color would be from shoot-to-shoot. In fact, this shoot was triggered by her request since her hair now had a new wonderful cut and was silver in color.

Today’s image is from our eleventh portrait session together that was held on November 13, 2013. She was photographed against a 5×7-ft Savage Black Infinity vinyl background. It was shot using a Fotodiox Pro LED100WA-56 Daylight Studio LED light in a large lightbank, placed at camera left with a 42×72-inch Westcott Scrim Jim with white reflective fabric at camera right. Camera used was a Canon EOS 60D with an EF-S15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens with an exposure of 1/60 sec at f/5.6 and ISO 800. Image was processed using the Silver Efex Pro and Color Efex Pro Photoshop-compatible plug-ins now available from DxO.

Gary Bernstein’s book Burning Cold is long out of print but used copies are available from Amazon for $11, as I write this. Ms. Simpson is featured both on the front cover and inside pages of my book Posing for Portrait & Glamour Photography. New copies of that book are available, as I write this, for $18.08 from Amazon.

Author: Joe Farace

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