If this portrait had been taking three years ago, it probably would have looked a bit different.

Andre Farkas has received his fair share of coverage at halfwheel, his Viaje brand’s modus operandi has been limited release, small batch cigars—which for the first few years of the site was a calling card of the reviews side of the staff. We’ve often mentioned that Farkas’s personality does not always match up to his online reputation—something I think Brooks captured quite well. — Charlie Minato.


Andre Farkas

This portrait was taken during Serious Cigar’s Texas Cigar Festival in Houston, Texas using a Canon 5D Mark III and a 50mm f/1.2 lens set at f/3.5. The shutter speed was 1/125 second at ISO 640. There were two sources of light: two video lights to the right of Farkas and ambient coming from the incandescent lights in the background. The photograph was then converted from RAW and color corrected in Adobe Lightroom before being adjusted for color, contrast and sharpness using custom actions in Photoshop CC. — Brooks Whittington.

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.