Photo Friday: Smoke Up!

I needed a photo for an author bio in an upcoming publication, so I went outside and came up with this.

Smoke Up

Smoke up!

Lesson learned that evening? Cigar smoking is like making good BBQ: it has to be done low and slow. I puffed away at that stick for a good forty minutes, trying different poses and working up some smoke to get the shot just right. The cigar got hot and harsh quick. This is why I will never understand how some people power a cigar down like cigarettes. It just can’t be done and still be enjoyable.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.


  1. Troy Knutson says:

    Great photo, Mike!

    But how would it look in black and white…….?

    Take care, buddy!

  2. TriMarkC says:

    What cigar was it?

  3. Mike says:

    Troy: Grab a hold of Bravo Four and you’ll find out! :) We made it B&W for publication.

    Mark: It was the CAO OSA.