In 2014, a blast from the past returned to the cigar industry.

It wasn’t that long since Kyle Gellis had been selling cigars under the Anubis and Osiris names. Gellis started in 2008 with lines from El Titan de Bronze and while Warped wasn’t a well-known name in cigar shops, it certainly was mentioned frequently on cigar forums. And then Gellis disappeared for a bit, focusing on finishing his college education before coming back in 2014 with a very new look and a brand that extended well beyond cigars.

Kyle Gellis

This portrait was taken in Addison, Texas using a Canon 5D Mark III and a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens set at 28mm and f/5. The shutter speed was 1/100 second at ISO 100. There were two sources of light: ambient light coming from the setting sun behind Kyle and video lights held to the bottom right by Charlie. 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.

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