This is awesome work! I'd start to tell you everything I love about it but I think I'd end up writing you a novel So I'll just say a few things, Love the depth of the shadow and the illuminating light around the person, I love how the trees look mysterious and mystical with the light that's hitting them, I love how the trees arch over creating a tunnel into the unknown world beyond. I also like how the face is in shadow and provides a mystery to the wanderer. Awesome stuff
Thank you very much. The 'flies' are actually dust particles, as we were actually standing on an abandoned rail road, and the replacement rail was moved just a few hundred yards over, still making the area very dusty. The few particles were cloned to exaggerate the effect.
The lighting effect is from a remote flash system being placed behind him. I actually had forgotten my stand so I had to set my camera on a timer and run all the way behind him.