One of the first images that really caught my attention was a black and white image like this one. I studied it for so long and really tried to figure out why my pictures didn't look so natural and "real", even with extensive amounts of photoshop done to perfect the image.
Now I know. I sucked back then. I don't suck anymore. That's the secret :)
This shot was done on the way home from Paris, I had a quick appointment with a model. I knew exactly what kind of picture I wanted, I took it, and went home.