I thought it would be interesting to capture some of intricate patterns produced by cigar smoke. The cigar and ashtray were positioned in front of black cardboard. A single off camera flash was used to illuminate the smoke from the side. In hindsight, these shots would have turned out better if black velvet was used instead as it would reflect far less light. To maximize the smoke effect, I would take a few puffs and set the cigar back down in the ashtray.