A few weeks ago, it was announced that El Primer Mundo would be taking back its own distribution, which had been handled by PDR Cigars since mid-2013. Mentioned in that announcement was that Sean Williams was no working on a 10th anniversary release for the Atlanta-based company, a milestone that probably surprises many. The ten years have been an interesting run for Williams, including a short stint as the head of sales for PDR Cigars, but the focus is where it should be—back on El Primer Mundo and only El Primer Mundo.

Sean Williams

This portrait was taken at the Big Damn Cigar Jamboree & Wingding put on by STOGIES World Class Cigars in Houston using a Canon 5D Mark III and a 24mm f/1.4 lens set at f/1.8. The shutter speed was 1/125 second at ISO 1600. There were two main sources of light: ambient incandescent light from bulbs above Williams and two incandescent video lights used to light his face and cast a shadow on the wall behind him that are being held on stage left. The photograph was color corrected in Adobe Lightroom and adjusted for color, contrast and sharpness as well as converted to black and white with custom actions in Adobe Photoshop CC. 

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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.