Portrait Wednesdays: Madame Butterfly

“See, the night doth enfold us! See, all the world lies sleeping!” ― Giacomo Puccini

With Wordy Wed-nesdays 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 Wed-nesdays 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 showcasing a different image of her that was made over the five years I’ve photographed Pam showing 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. And as you can see her hair is much shorter than previous shoots and blonde in color.

Today’s image is from our tenth portrait session together that was held on November 13, 2013. She was photographed against a 5×7-ft Savage Photo Gray Infinity vinyl background. It was shot using a (I think) Godox monolight with an inexpensive 32-inch white umbrella, placed at camera left with a 32-inch silver Westcott reflector at camera right. Camera used was a Panasonic G5 mirrorless camera with an Olympus M.45mm f/1.8 lens with an exposure of 1/125 sec at f/9 and ISO 200. Image was processed using the Vivenza and Color Efex Pro Photoshop-compatible plug-ins.

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 wrote this, for $23.45 from Amazon.

Author: Joe Farace

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