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“I think that life has plans and you only have to be awake and aware to follow them” – Alan Faena

Miami advertising and portrait photographer Jeffery salter who is a Miami based commercial and magazine photographer photographed Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine on South Beach and Lincoln road.

 

Hmmmm.  My kinda of portrait subject.  How can you not be inspired to photograph Alan Faena.  He’s an Argentine hotelier and real estate developer who is creating and building a billion dollar arts district called Faena district on Miami Beach, Fl.  That’s cool!  But what I enjoyed most about meeting photographing Alan, was talking to him about his spiritually and yoga practice.  I also practice yoga and it’s my brief that a mindfulness practice is very important for an artist or in my case a photographer who would like to grow his art.  It’s pretty simple.  When you shooting a portrait or setting up a shot it helps put you into the “zone” by being present, in the moment.  Clearing your mind of yesterdays ghosts or debris and of tomorrow’s dreams.  Observe and embrace the moment.  You won’t always have a subject as charismatic as Faena.  But by truly embracing the time you have with someone, you will perhaps be able to find out what’s makes a person special.

 

Miami advertising and portrait photographer Jeffery salter who is a Miami based commercial and magazine photographer photographed Alan Faena at the Faena Hotel Miami Beach, Fl.

I enjoy using a tripod.  It slows me down and helps in fine tuning just the right angle or viewpoint.  This carbon fiber tripod is the TVC-24L from RRS or Really Right Stuff.  Its rugged, strong and light weight, well suited for double duty, I take it  with me on my landscape photography trips as well as my commercial and advertising photography commissions.  Between the tripod and camera, is my favorite bullhead.  The Arca-Swiss Monorail Z1 dp  has a quick release, very fluid and precise adjustments.

Miami advertising and portrait photographer Jeffery salter who is a Miami based commercial and magazine photographer photographed Alan Faena at the Faena Hotel Miami Beach, Fl.

For the opening photo we shot underneath a stairway that had a skylight which provided a nice soft overhead light.  The curved shape of the winding stairway created some nice shadows creating a wonderful flowing depth.  Those shadows worked well on the background, but Alan’s face needed a bit of pop.  My photo assistant John Karp, handheld a B1 profoto with an 36″ Octabank fitted with a grid.  This gave a directional crisp soft light which brought out Faena cheekbones and added a bit of kick to his eyes.  For this portraiture I used a medium format digital camera called the  Phase One IQ260 XF Camera with a Schneider Kreuznach 55mm LS f/2.8 .  The 55mm lenses is equivalent or has about the same angle of view as a 35 mm wide angle lens in 35mm DSLR format.  I prefer to shoot at a low iso, in this case I at iso 100 and the tripod allowed me to use a slow shutter speed to get the right amount of ambient light balanced with the strobe.

In terms of directing Alan, it was more about building a connection.  I did a bit of pre-shoot research and found out about a retreat his family has in Argentina, and I knew that he was very much interest in yoga.  I asked him questions and talked to him about my yoga practice.

 

Miami advertising and portrait photographer Jeffery salter who is a Miami based commercial and magazine photographer photographed Alan Faena at the Faena Hotel Miami Beach, Fl.

 

The second set-up was in the Faena theater.  We had pre positioned the lighting so all Alan needed to do was sit down and immediately get to work.  When my team receives a photography commission we try to figure out ways to get the most set-ups in the shortest time.  The subjects are more likely be willing to do more looks if you they don’t have to wait around for the lights to be moved from set-up to set-up.

Miami advertising and portrait photographer Jeffery salter who is a Miami based commercial and magazine photographer photographed Alan Faena at the Faena Hotel Miami Beach, Fl.

The dramatic curtains provided an excellent backdrop!  No need to bring out the seamless.  A profoto beauty dish as a key light  provided just enough pop to sculpt Alan’s face, combined with a large 74′ Elinchrome octabank behind the camera to fill in any shadows.

 

Miami advertising and portrait photographer Jeffery salter who is a Miami based commercial and magazine photographer photographed Alan Faena at the Faena Hotel Miami Beach, Fl.

An important part of my digital workflow includes photographing while tethered to a laptop.  This allows instantly review of the image and is done using a professional capture and digital raw processing software called, Capture One, with its solid image capturing I have never lost an image on set.

 

 

Miami advertising and portrait photographer Jeffery salter who is a Miami based commercial and magazine photographer photographed Alan Faena at the Faena Hotel Miami Beach, Fl.

 

Alan always wears white and with his trademark hat.  With this image I wanted to portray his grace and balance spirit. I think the blue color grade added a coolness to the image, but the straw toned hat manages to float, giving the image a three dimension feel.  It’s useful to  carry a small roll of seamless paper or neutral tone fabric and do a simple clean photograph, to give the  photo editor, in this case, Ronnie Weil of  The Wall Street Journal a cover option with room for type treatment.

Miami advertising and portrait photographer Jeffery salter who is a Miami based commercial and magazine photographer photographed Alan Faena at the Faena Hotel Miami Beach, Fl.

The penthouse house glass balcony doors let in a beautiful layer of soft light for the seamless set-up.  My first assistant, John Karp stands beside me, keeping a watchful eye open and ready to make any adjustments to the camera or set-up.  A silver fabric on the wooden floor bounces a bit of pop into Alan’s eyes and blocked some of the brown spill from the floor.

 

Miami advertising and portrait photographer Jeffery salter who is a Miami based commercial and magazine photographer photographed Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine on South Beach and Lincoln road.

This is how it ran in the The Wall Street Journal.  Thanks to Ronnie Weil, the most excellent photo editor for this assignment.

Thanks for reading!  Any questions feel free to give me a shout.  I get most of my gear from the good folks at Capture Integration.


With summer in full effect we braved the heat to do some swimsuit photography with Lisa Dillon a wonderful model who gave us some bulletproof looks in the 90 degree heat.

The lifestyle photography shoot was a great break from my advertising work and magazine editorials.  No guys in ties at this 20,000 gallon pool we rented for the production.  No animals were harmed in the making of this swimsuit feature!  Enjoy.

Miami lifestyle swimsuit photographer Miami beach lifestyle Jeffery Salter

 

The quality of the light outside in Miami during the summer months can be quite harsh, especially during the midday hours.  Lisa was flying in from a production in Los Angeles and was delayed in transit, so we got a bit of a late start.  It’s important to also factor in ample time for the glam team,  in this case Melissa Conner who provided excellent hair and make-up, with stylist Kristina Kitchen who pulled some amazing swimsuits and accessories.

 

Miami lifestyle swimsuit photographer Miami beach lifestyle Jeffery Salter

 

A good way of softening harsh light is to put up an Avenger  12 x 12 with white translucent fabric.  It was put on medium roller stands which allow you move it quickly as the sun moves across the sky.  The light walls of the studio bounced quite a bit of light back into the scene which worked out perfectly.

 

Miami lifestyle swimsuit photographer Miami beach lifestyle Jeffery Salter

 

I added a bit of color grading in Capture One, my favorite digital imaging software.  It handles many different raw digital files from most types of cameras.  In my case I use it for my Phase One XF IQ 260 digital images.

 

Miami portrait lifestyle swimsuit photographer Miami beach lifestyle Jeffery Salter

 

This is my workstation with all the essential items, coffee, dual Eizo monitors, wacom intuos pro tablet and an Apple wireless keyboard.  Not picture is an item every photographer who puts in long hours editing and retouching his images has……the Aeron Chair.  Without a doubt one of the best investments in your health and workspace.

 

Miami lifestyle swimsuit photographer Miami beach lifestyle Jeffery Salter

 

For this image we added a couple Profoto B-1 strobes for a bit of edge light to bring out her face and, hips and legs.  To give the image a more stylized look, Kristina provided a white apple, that she painted the night before.  A white fabric backdrop was draped in the background.

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Its a wrap and the swan was richly rewarded with a kiss.

 

Photographer: Jeffery Salter

Stylist: Kristina Kitchen

Hair and Make-up: Melissa Conner

 

 

 


It’s always inspiring to photograph an artist, fashion designer or in this case world renown British jeweller  Stephen Webster for the Financial Times.  The London-based luxury Jewelry brand is internationally heralded for its exquisite and cutting edge designs.  Some call it Rock and roll chic.    The most creative people visit the Miami and Palm Beach area it’s great to talk to them about what inspires them and  what draws the artists to South Florida.  It’s added plus that I get to shoot some wonderful environmental portraits of them.

Stephen Webster likes to spend weekends with his family in Miami.  Especially the thriving arts district of  Wynwood  which used to be seedy factories but now has a cool mix of galleries, shops and cafes.  It was an easy choice to do the portrait shoot in Wynwood Walls that was started by Tony Goldman, who brought up buildings and got artists to paint them.  Webster is inspired by the street art and artists.

Miam Palm beach Florida advertising and portrait photographer Jeffery salter who is a Miami based commercial and magazine photographer photographed designer and artist Stephan Webster at the Wynwood Walls arts district

 

Miami Palm beach Florida advertising and portrait photographer Jeffery salter who is a Miami based commercial and magazine photographer photographed designer and artist Stephan Webster at the Wynwood Walls arts district

Portrait of British Jewelry Designer and artisan Stephen Webster at the Wynwood Walls in the Miami Arts District.

Miam Palm beach Florida advertising and portrait photographer Jeffery salter who is a Miami based commercial and magazine photographer photographed designer and artist Stephan Webster at the Wynwood Walls arts district

It was fun learning about what it takes to become a world renowned Jeweler. Webster talked about some of his latest designs using new materials such as ceramics in his latest line of jewelry.  We were able get private access to some of the most fascinating  street art to use as backdrops. He was so laid back it was not very difficult to get a great environmental portrait.

Miam Palm beach Florida advertising and portrait photographer Jeffery salter who is a Miami based commercial and magazine photographer photographed designer and artist Stephan Webster at the Wynwood Walls arts district

 

Photographer: Jeffery Salter

Camera: Phase One XF IQ260

Lighting: Profoto B-1


 

Miami advertising and portrait photographer Jeffery salter who is a Miami based commercial and magazine photographer photographed Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine on South Beach and Lincoln road.

Miami advertising and portrait photographer Jeffery salter who is a Miami based commercial and magazine photographer photographed Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine on South Beach and Lincoln road.

Great to work with the Mayor of Miami Beach, Philip Levine. We began the day photographing in his South Beach office where we had plenty of canine help from Earl the 1st bulldog of Miami Beach.  Afterwards onto to pedestrian and cafe filled Lincoln road to shoot at the unique architectural features and Art Deco style landscaping.


Advertising campaign by Miami lifestyle photographer Jeffery Salter. This is a rum advertisement shot on Miami Beach, Florida

 

I recently received an advertising commission to photograph a rum called Pito Rico.The rum is widely known on the island of Puerto Rico,  but they wanted to expand into the New York City market.  We worked with an awesome team from Dunn Co. who also designed the label on the bottle.  On the creative side the rum which is produced in the mountain side near Jayuya, needed to glow from the inside.

The brief or storyboard was for 4 different set-ups to be done in two locations including a bar / nightclub and a beach.  The talent would be 18 models  for the bar scene and one model for a pin-up / swimsuit photograph.  All had to look Puerto rican.

A key element to doing a shoot like this was having a great producer.  My go to guy when shooting advertising productions in Miami and South Florida is David Segui, seguidavid@msn.com.  He is always well prepared and has wide resources in regards to modeling  agencies and locations.  Next I secured Kristina Larson  a fashion and a topnotch prop stylist who was brought on board to create just the right mood for the nightclub.

Miami Advertising photographer Jeffery Salter casts models for a rum advertisement in Miami, Fl

We casted over 100 models at Aperture studios.  The idea was to have a diverse group for the club scene. Some would be in front holding the rum bottle or in the background. Afterwards we set up a web gallery for the Ad firm and Client to review in Puerto Rico.

On an advertising photography shoot many steps needed to be taken before the first frame is snapped.  On this advertising shoot we:  Scouted locations, casted models, assembled the production team, everything from first photo assistants to caters.  Submitted tests (to find the right amount of glow for the bottles) to ad agency.  Due to the tight deadline, most of the effected needed to be in camera.

Jeffery Salter location scouting for an advertising photography shoot

We scouted over 10 locations to find the “perfect” night club and bar.  Well what exactly does “perfect” mean?  The bar had to be approachable in the sense that it had to be the type of bar that the drinkers of PitoRico would most likely to go, not one in which there was a velvet rope or  too space age or high tech.  It  needed a space that was dark so I could control the light in order to capture the glowing bottle.  We found a great place called Prohibition which had high ceilings to suspend any lights I was to add in the background for effect.  The furnishing in the bar was contemporary but didn’t over power the rum bottle or the talent.

Miami Advertising photographer jeffery salter shoots models for commercial and advertising Jeffery Salter location scouting for an advertising photography shoot

Figuring out just the right type of light to create the bottle “glow” took a fair amount of testing.  It was achieved several different ways.  For the orange colored rum we attached glow sticks to the back and sides, for the clear liquor we used “Mini Morris” strobes and for the coconut as well.  To create the light trails I used a light blade created by an artist in Canada.  Who personally packaged and shipped via FEDEX it to me so I would have ample time to test and learn the different creative effects that could be done via long exposure and flash.

Advertising campaign by Miami lifestyle photographer Jeffery Salter. This is a rum advertisement shot on Miami Beach, Florida

 

Advertising campaign by Miami lifestyle photographer Jeffery Salter. This is a rum advertisement shot on Miami Beach, Florida

 

miami based lifestyle photographer jeffery salter photographs rum advertising campaign for Pito Rico

 

Advertising campaign by Miami lifestyle photographer Jeffery Salter. This is a rum advertisement shot on Miami Beach, Florida

 

The final set-up was on South Beach. It was important that the key light, in this case a beauty dish didn’t wash out the rum which was lighted by three Mini Morris strobes.  One was attached to the back of the bottle and the other two were held slightly off camera by my photography assistant.

Advertising campaign by Miami lifestyle photographer Jeffery Salter. This is a rum advertisement shot on Miami Beach, Florida

 


Keeping it real in Miami by photographer Jeffery Salter part 1.

I love photographing people. Good natured, modest, down to earth,  just like your next door neighbor who always has a cup of milk you can borrow. That’s why photography assignments to hang out and shoot portraits of reality television stars in Miami puts a smile on my face. Its always nice to see how “real” people live.

 

Sugar Divas | Laura Candeau + Iliana Lombardero | Miami Based photographer Jeffery Salter

 

I thought I knew what a diva was however, the icing on the cake was when Siempre Mujer magazine commissioned me to photograph Laura Candeau and Iliana Lombardero, a mother-daughter team who are cake makers to the stars. They are the “sugar divas.” They have made cakes for Kim Kardashian, LeBron James, Lil Wayne and Pit bull to name a few at their bakery called Divine Delicacies. Watch them on Las Divas del Azúcar airs on MTV Tr3s every Tuesday at 9 p.m.

 

 

Vanilla Ice | Bucky the Kangaroo | Miami based photographer Jeffery Salter

 

Speaking of icing on a cake….I had another slice when I received a call from the Tatler magazine in UK. The picture editor asked, “Would you like to photograph handyman and Rapper, Vanilla Ice, who has a reality show called “The Vanilla Ice project” with his kangaroo named “Bucky.”  I said, “What? Ice Ice with his Kanga?” I asked the editor if I could have the Kanga on a leash held by Mr. Ice looking all gangsta and flexing his tattoos standing in front of his West Palm Beach mansion like blooming royalty. She said, “Bucky wears a collar so that may work”

When I arrived to Mr. Ice’s estate. I told him my idea and he said, “You don’t get it”. You can’t photograph the Kanga in the in front. I replied, “Okay do you have a pool in the back? We can do a shot by the pool with you and the Kanga.” Then Mr. Ice says, to me “You don’t get it?”

So I pulled back a bit and followed Ice to the backyard, where I saw  Bucky in a Kangaroo mansion…. A very big pen. Mr. Ice explained  that if I wanted to photograph him and Bucky it would have to be in the cage. I said, “Cool.” It wasn’t going to be this regal statement, but I still was going to get the best shot of Ice and Bucky cage be damned.

I had my assistants set-up a couple of profoto strobes with magnum reflectors for a bit of edge light, and I put a profoto ring light on my IQ260 digital back and Phase one DF+ camera.

Then Mr. Ice gave me the ground rules, this is not a trained kangaroo:

When you go into the cage avoid eye contact.

Never stand up, or be taller then Bucky the kangaroo (who at 13 year old was five feet tall), otherwise he will box you. I have been on my hands and knees before, but never out of fear of getting punched out by a kangaroo. I crawled in. Mr. Ice came in carrying a bunch of bananas. Bucky the kangaroo hopped towards the bananas. Vanilla started to feed Bucky and I made a few nice frames. Then I asked Ice to give me a serious rapper pose, flex his muscles, display his tattoos and give me a “Straight out of Compton”  kinda look. He replied, “If I stop feeding Bucky bananas you might not make it out of the cage” Noticing that he only had two bananas left, I dispatched my assistant to go to a store and bring back another bunch of bananas.

 

 

Bucky the Kangaroo | Miami based photographer Jeffery Salter

 

After all the drama….Ice didn’t make the final cut….it was all about the “Bucky’.  Reality Note to self. Never be taller than a kangaroo, avoid eye contact and they love bananas.

Luckily my next assignment didn’t involved kangaroo boxing.

 

Phase One IQ260 | RRS TVC- 24L tripod | Fish Tank Kings

When I was little we had a few gold fish in a simple round glass tank. They were always jumping out. No worries, “Squeaky” my pet Chihuahua was always around to “rescue’’ any “Free Willy” minded gold fish. This most definitely isn’t the case with fish who live in the luxurious aquariums made by the “The Fish Tank Kings” a Nat Geo WILD’s reality TV series . Fish don’t ever want to escape these elaborate sized aquariums, some are large enough to drive a car or two into. The first part of the assignment was to shoot an opening portrait of the Living Color Aquariums President & COO, Mat Roy. On the show he does the big reveal to clients whose custom aquariums have been finished. The second part of the assignment was environmental portraits and reportage photographs of the designers and craftsmen at the factory.

 

Reef makers | Fish Tank Kings | photographed by Jeffery Salter

 

Although the picture editor wanted me to concentrate on the cast or on air talent of the show. What really touched my heart were these two beautiful ladies who labor away off camera making the most colorful, vibrant and super saturated reefs. They are the true stars.

 

 

Fish Tank King | Mat Roy | Photographed by Jeffery Salter Miami based photographer

 

The portrait of Mat Roy was a bit of a challenge. The editor wanted him to be inside a living aquarium. Luckily they had designed and installed an cylindrical aquarium at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium in which you could step inside a hole in the middle. This shot took for ever, in order to light it without reflections I had to put the camera on a tripod and do multiple frames each with the strobe at different angles then layer the images together in photoshop.
Real Housewives of Miami star, Joanna Krupa | Miami based photographer Jeffery Salter

 

After doing a star turn working with fish tanks. I was ready for the big league. Next up Real house wives of Miami star Joanna Krupa who has appeared on over 100 covers world-wide including Cosmo and Shape has been named the sexiest swimsuit model in the world by magazines GQ, Maxim, who listed her as part of their “Hot 100” ranking of the world’s hottest women several  years in a row and Playboy.

The location was a beautiful Miami Beach home that had a wonderful wooden dock with views of Miami’s city in the background. We had a full production team, hair, make-up, stylist, two photo assistants and one digital tech. The magazine needed five set-ups with different outfit on Joanna at each spot. In order to accomplish this in the four hour time allotted for the shoot, my team set up lights at all five of the scenes. Working with a super model like Joanna was great. She relaxed very quickly and knew how to work the light.


I mainly photograph people so it was pretty strange when Road and Track magazine contacted me. I thought for sure they had dialed the wrong number. The photo editor, David quickly explained that it was a celebrity portrait shoot and the subjects were stars in the 80s hit television show “Miami Vice”. There names were Spyder, Countach and Testarossa. Crockett and Tubbs couldn’t make it.

 

1971 Ferrari Daytona spyder, a a 1986 Ferrari Testarossa and a 1988 Lamborghini Countach, modern super cars which were in the hit 80s television show Miami Vice.  The cars were photographed by Miami Advertising and Magazine photographer Jeffery Salter

 

Each one these beautiful objects of desire was photographed at a location in Miami or Miami Beach where they were often portrayed on the show.  Miami Vice was partially inspired by the Florida police policy of using confiscated evidence to finance law enforcement operations. Edna Buchanan, a crime reporter for The Miami Herald was interviewed by Road and Track for the story. She told John Krewson who wrote the article that “The criminals often went from poverty to incredible wealth on one deal. The cops ripped off the criminals, and everyone had too much money. Once they got it, their first stop was the jewelry store. The second was the car dealership.”

No high speed chases on this shoot, just shear joy of getting behind the wheel of a few modern super cars. My 2004 Toyota Sequoia SUV will never be the same. Here are a few BTS and outtakes from the shoot.

 

Stick shift |  1988 Lamborghini Countach.  Miami Vice cars for Road And Track Magazine. Photographer by Miami Advertising and magazine photographer Jeffery Salter

This is the stick shift of a 1988 Lamborghini Countach.

 

1971 Ferrari Daytona spyder, a a 1986 Ferrari Testarossa and a 1988 Lamborghini Countach, modern super cars which were in the hit 80s television show Miami Vice.  The cars were photographed by Miami Advertising and Magazine photographer Jeffery Salter

Many scenes from Miami Vice were shot at Crandon Beach on Key Biscayne, Fl. We took over the boardwalk to catch some beautiful morning light. And the line up is a 1971 Ferrari Daytona spyder,a 1986 Ferrari Testarossa and a 1988 Lamborghini Countach. Not exactly beach buggies, but they can tear up the asphalt.

 

No drone needed, just a six foot ladder to get an overhead view of the seven-figure 1971 Ferrari Daytona spider

Top down view of a 1971 Ferrari Daytona spider.

 

Miami Vice cars for Road And Track Magazine.

 1971 Ferrari Daytona spider

 1986 Ferrari Testarossa which starred in the Hit television series "Miami Vice" Photographed by Jeffery Salter, a miami based advertising and editorial photographer.

 1986 Ferrari Testarossa  |  Miami Vice Star car

 

 


 
There is a certain way to hold a cigar that just says “This is the life!’ It’s not the typical image of a big guy wearing a suit, clenching a stogie between his teeth and puffing out nuclear clouds of smoke. It’s a more refined and nuanced way of relaxing and oozing self confidence with the placement of the cigar between index and middle finger with the thumb as a slight anchor. Adding about a 70 degree angle at the elbow puts you perfect cigar smoking form.

Here are a few outtakes from my photo essay on cigar making in Miami which was published in Cigar Aficionado magazine. Enjoy.

 

Miami Advertising portrait photography by Jeffery Salter.

Professor Juan Turro, saxophone, flute and kazoo player in the band Suenalo enjoys a cigar during a night stroll in Wynwood arts district.

 

Miami, Advertising, magazine, commercial in Wynwood Cigar Factory by Miami portrait and advertising photographer Jeffery Salter

 At the Wynwood Cigar Factory art lives amongst the rollers, who produce close to 1,000 cigars per day.

 

Tobacco leaf cutting blade at  El Titan de Bronze boutique cigar factory and shop on Calle Ocho, Little Havana's Historic Eight avenue. Miami photography by Jeffery Salter

A blade used to cut cigar leaves at the El Titan Cigars factory and shop on Calle Ocho, Little Havana.

 

Miami advertising and editorial portrait by Jeffery Salter.

Maria Sierra once rolled Cohiba Behikes in Cuba. At age 18 she was taught how to roll cigars by Fidel Castro’s personal cigar roller Eduardo Rivera.

Jeffery Salter Miami advertising photographer who photographs people and portraits in Miami.

The hands of Maria a Category 9 roller, who made cigars at the prestigious El Laguito Factory in the Miramar section of Havana for 32 years.  She is considered an elite roller.

Cigar boxes by Miami portrait and advertising photographer Jeffery Salter

Miami advertising photographer Jeffery Salter

Miami photography by Miami portrait and advertising photographer Jeffery Salter.

Advertising photography Jeffery Salter. Cigar humidor at El Titan de Bronze in Miami, Florida by Miami portrait photographer Jeffery Salter

Cigar rollers at Casa Fernandez photographed by Miami advertising, lifestyle, portrait photographer Jeffery Salter.

Advertising Miami photography brown gold - tobacco leaf photographed by Miami Photographer Jeffery Salter

Miami advertising, magazine, editorial portrait photographer Jeffery Salter in Miami Florida
As always the proof is in the puffing.