Welcome back to the fourth entry of Photo Shoots With Laz! The prompt for Week 4 of the 52 Photo Challenge is…

Quiet Moment

Peace. Serenity. Tranquility. Convey a quiet moment.

The challenges for each week are also divided into one of 4 categories. The category for this week is…


When this category comes up, you really have room to express yourself. You can interpret the assignment literally or figuratively. Unlike the other categories, the idea of this category is to let your artistic impression shine.


Finding A Quiet Moment

photo shoots with laz challenge 4: finding a quiet moment by smoking cigars in my free time. Here's the edited version of the photo that I shot

This is the edited photo for this week’s photo challenge.

The symbolism behind this week’s photo challenge and finding a “quiet moment” stems from my enjoyment of cigars. While it’s the occasional indulgence, cigars often serve as my quiet moment away from everything, to sit back and unwind after a long week and reflect upon how everything is going in my life. It’s not necessarily the cigar that provides that satisfaction, but rather the environment and the mood that comes with sitting down and settling in for an hour in peaceful solitude.

I often sit down and write my poetry or my blog posts while smoking, which is part of the reason a cigar was incorporated as part of my Laz’s Lounge branding alongside the computer and a porcelain cup. The environment that comes with my cigars offers that peace of mind and mental clarity where I can really bolster my creativity and drive it into my weekly content for Laz’s Lounge or my poetry website.

Overall I’m happy with the composition and the way the photo turned out without performing any edits, although I have a few ideas for this prompt that I want to revisit when the weather is warmer and I either have another person to snap a shot with my DSLR or a camera stand with a shutter timer.


Photo Edits

Here is the before and after edited and unedited photos for this week's photo prompt of finding a quiet moment.

Before and after effects for editing this week’s photo challenge.

Like I mentioned earlier I didn’t really need to perform any serious edits. All I did was increase the highlights and whites while lowering the blacks and shadows a touch. I sharpened the photo, increased the vibrance and enhanced the color/luminosity for the blue label of the cigars to better reflect how they display in the light. These edits were very simple and subtle touches that really enhanced the photo, which is somewhat of a contrast compared to what I normally perform in some of my other work.