these two pictures are strong. Very strong.
Again, occidental precarity is nothing according the conditions here.
I understand why your guide didn't want to stay.
The idea of Casey to use a fill-in is certainly a very pro idea indeed. But technic has to be 110% mastered, done very quickly not to loose spontaneity.
for my first one is a good one. I would have tried to hide smoke in mouth, which is not at very first look so evident, event with cigarette in hand. But, well, postprocess a portrait is very hard, touch in integrety of the person. This is why I use burst-mode on portrait in steet.