Alexander is trying to quit smoking and I’m not sure what it is I see in his eye, but a little bit of shame perhaps that I caught him? But it’s a bit of a setup, I asked him to look serious and he tried his best.
I developed this image twice in Sigma Photo Pro. Fist one with ONLY background in mind. Red channel worked nicely but then his face was very very dark. So I developed a second time with the blue channel and this time his face was nicely lit. (shadows often brightens up in the blue channel).. The rest is all about PS.