I like shooting strong images that are a little different including lots of different elements, I also wanted to create a clean Hollywood glamorous look while adding something a little different with the cigar and sunglasses.
Shooting the image was difficult because of controlling the light and limiting the unwanted reflections in the glasses. The lighting was relatively simple just using two lights, a main light with a beauty dish carefully positioned from above and the right and a second hair light with a tight reflector to control direction and spill.
Post I wanted to keep as much detail and texture in the skin so opted for a frequency separation technique to smooth out some of the harsher shadows and areas of contrast.
Well I am pleased that this image that I created last year got accepted into the Cheltenham International Salon 2016.