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 worked with 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 but at this point in our relationship she seemed to have settled on one color—blonde—and slight variations of this style.
Today’s image is from our thirteenth portrait session together that was held on February 11, 2014 and was made using two LED light bulbs. Yes, light bulbs. She was photographed against a Savage Economy Background Support Stand with White and Black Backdrops, with the white backdrop in use. Here one Gary Fong Lightbulb Adapter is placed at camera left between the subject and white Savage backdrop. The other Lightbulb Adapter is at camera right with Fong Speed Snoot and grid and used a color-controlled LED light bulb (set on magenta) so the only part of Pamela that’s in natural color is her face with some colored light spilling on her neck and arm. Camera used was Canon EOS 60D with EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens with an exposure of 1/60 sec at f/2 and ISO 800. Image was processed using the 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.