Tony Gomez is in the family business. The younger, taller Gomez started with La Flor Dominicana a handful of years ago working as the company’s Florida sales representatives before moving to Santiago to learn the tobacco industry. The best-known fruits of that labor are Chapter One and Capitulo II, two cigars where Gomez led the blending efforts.

This portrait was taken in Addison, Texas with a Sony a7RII and a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens set to f/3.5 and 1/80 of a second. The ISO was set at 1600 and there were two sources of light: a flash triggered remotely to Gomez’s right and incandescent light coming from a street lamp. The photograph was converted from RAW in Photoshop CC 2018 and converted into black and white using custom actions.

The bio for this post was written by Charlie Minato, the photograph and photography notes are all produced by Brooks Whittington.

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Brooks Whittington

I have been smoking cigars for over eight years. A documentary wedding photographer by trade, I spent seven years as a photojournalist for the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star Telegram. I started the cigar blog SmokingStogie in 2008 after realizing that there was a need for a cigar blog with better photographs and more in-depth information about each release. SmokingStogie quickly became one of the more influential cigar blogs on the internet, known for reviewing preproduction, prerelease, rare, extremely hard-to-find and expensive cigars. I am a co-founder of halfwheel and now serve as an editor for halfwheel.