Wordy Wednesday #219 “My Favorite Portrait”

Since it’s Lighting Week, I wanted to feature my favorite portrait but that proved to be more difficult than I imagined. Initially I wanted to select one of the many images I made of my former muse, Tia Stoneman, but over the years I have posted many portraits of her and she has retired from active modeling. (Although I must confess that I live in the hope that one day she’ll return.)

Dusty.white.2Over the years, I have worked with some fabulous models, including the amazing Pamela Simpson aka Satin Doll and you have seen many image of her on this blog as well. But the model, who I only got to photograph twice and every time I post any of her portraits always elicits comments (next only to “The Face that Launched a Thousand Ships,” is this Oklahoma-based model, who was photographed in the kitchen—yes, kitchen—of my former hone,

This portrait was shot using window light from the North-facing bay window and supplanted by a Canon EX550 speedlight with Sto-Fen Omni Bounce attached. Camera was a Canon EOS 50D with the now discontinued EF 28-105mm lens (at 53mm.) It was affordable, quite good and I’m sorry I ever sold it back when I was wrapped up in a “newer is better” attitude that I’ve finally gotten over. Camera was an EOS 50D with an exposure of 1/90 sec at f/4.5 and ISO 400 with a plus two stop exposure compensation.

I’ve often written abut the use of available light and window light as a way to create interesting glamour and portrait images and I still like it even though my current home lacks the kind of North-facing windows to make portraits like this.

Speaking of muses, the job is still open. If you know of any models, aspiring models or women who would like to become a muse, please have them Contact me.

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For more on studio lighting techniques, please buy up a copy of my book, “Studio Lighting Anywhere” which is available from your favorite book or camera stores as well as including Amazon.com.

Author: Joe Farace

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