Portrait Wednesdays: The Many Moods of Pamela

“Look, I’m not an intellectual – I just take pictures.”—Helmut Newton

With Wordy Wednesdays running so many years I thought it was time for a change and inspired by Gary Bernstein’s book Burning Gold 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 Wednesdays I’ll be showcasing a different image of her made over the five years that I have photographed Pam, showcasing her many, many different looks in many different styles.

Today’s image is from our third portrait session that happ-ened on No-vember 2, 2012 and Pam is wearing a summer dress and is photo-graphed against one of Savage’s Slate Gray seam-less paper backgrounds. It was shot using a single monolight with a 45-inch Westcott Halo Mono lightbank mounted at camera right and a 32-inch reflector at left. Camera was a Canon EOS 60D with an EF-S15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens (at 5omm) with an exposure of 1/125 sec at f/8 and ISO 100. Image was processed using the Color Efex Pro Photoshop-compatible plug-in.

Gary Bernstein’s book Burning Cold is long out of print but used copies are available from Amazon for prices as low as $8.21, as I write this. Ms. Simpson is featured on the front cover and inside pages 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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