Cuba

2018

 I traveled to Cuba in 2018 for the first time and found the country to be enchanting. The streets were full of life and color and the people were friendly. I visited Havana, Trinidad, and Cienfuegos. As advertised, there were classic cars and Cuban salsa. I focused on creating images that brought me closer to the people I met on the streets of Cuba.

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Classic Car Blue
Classic Car Blue

Blue classic car makes it's way down a narrow Trinidad street in Cuba. Sony A7RIII 240mm 1/250@f11 ISO1250

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Pink Cuban Car
Pink Cuban Car

Yes, there were classic cars in Cuba painted in all the colors of the rainbow! The original vehicles may not have come in hot pink, but this color seems to fit the spirit of this island nation. The cars are not just kept running or restored, but infused with a unique personality. Sony A7R3 24mm 1/30@f11 ISO100

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Cars of Havana - Yellow & Pink
Cars of Havana - Yellow & Pink

Colorful classic cars abound in Old Havana. Most of these are used as taxis for the tourists. Sony A7RIII 32mm 1/125@f11 ISO100

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Laundry Flying
Laundry Flying

The architecture in Cuba may be rundown - or even falling down - but this colorful laundry flying on a rooftop on a sunny day is how I think of the city of Havana. Sony A7R3 16mm 1/320@f7.1 ISO100

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Reflections of Havana
Reflections of Havana

Puddle reflections of an Old Havana street in the morning. The architecture may be run down in Cuba, but the brightly painted facades cheer what would otherwise be a drab street. Sony A7RIII 24mm 1/30@f5.0 ISO3200

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Cuba's Capitol
Cuba's Capitol

Classic Buick on the Malecon in the morning, the street along the sea wall with the capitol building in the background. In this photo, the dome is under scaffolding giving it a sense of movement. Sony A7RIII 117mm 1/1000@f11 ISO2500

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Colorful Cuban Character
Colorful Cuban Character

This fellow was sitting in his open doorway in Old Havana ready to pose for us. He was colorful in every way possible! Including giving us a revolution sign. Sony A7III 94mm 1/800@f6.3 ISO5000

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Street Scene in Havana
Street Scene in Havana

A bicycle taxi, a classic car, and a grandmother and baby make up this street scene in Old Havana, Cuba. This is a slice of life in Havana. Sony A7RIII 24mm 1/800@f7.1 ISO2000

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Blue Car: Havana
Blue Car: Havana

A classic car on an old Havana street. These brightly colored taxis drive tourists around the city. Sony A7RIII 24mm 1/800@f6.3 ISO1600

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Family Motorbike
Family Motorbike

Entire family of 4 comes to school on one small motorbike in Cienfuegos, Cuba. Sony A7RIII 240mm 1/500@f6.3 ISO2000

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Cuban Taxi
Cuban Taxi

Cuban flags adorn this Havana bicycle taxi heading down a narrow street. Sony A7RIII 1/500@f6.3 ISO1250

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Street Fun
Street Fun

After school, boys play on the streets of Havana, Cuba. Cuba was all about street photography. I had to be fast on the shutter button when coming around the corner, these boys flew past. I had time for just one quick photo. Sony A7RIII 24mm 1/100@f3.5 ISO100

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Boy on the train
Boy on the train

Boy on the train in Cienfuegos, Cuba. This boy cheerfully let me take his photograph while he waited for his train to depart. Sony A7RIII 132mm 1/1000@f6.3 ISO2500

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Malecón Sunset
Malecón Sunset

Few people were strolling along the Malecón after a storm and high waves had recently shut the street, but the sun was coming out and the storm was over making the city fresh again. Sony A7III 24mm 1/400@f5.6 ISO100

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Street Scene Old Havana
Street Scene Old Havana

The day begins in Old Havana with carts and classic cars crowding onto narrow streets. Sony A7RIII 166mm 1/500@f6.3 ISO1000

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The Soul of Cuba
The Soul of Cuba

I am always on the lookout for artistic graffiti, but this art really stood apart. It was painted on a rough wall in Old Havana. Sony A7RIII 24mm 1/800@f6.3 ISO3200

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Trinidad: Starting the Day
Trinidad: Starting the Day

A boy races to school while a working cart horse pulls along behind. In Cuba, there is a sense of modern and tradition living side-by-side. Horses use the roads along with classic cars and bikes. Sony A7RIII 31mm 1/500@f4.0 ISO500

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A Quet Place to Read
A Quet Place to Read

Finding a quiet corner to read the newspaper in the Vedado Agricultural Market. Havana, Cuba. Sony A7RIII 59mm 1/125@f5.0 ISO6400

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Artist in his Work
Artist in his Work

I was struck by the similarity of the man with the patriotic artwork behind him in Havana, Cuba. Sony A7RIII 124mm 1/800@f6.3 ISO1000

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Family Outing
Family Outing

This family leads me into the busy streets of Old Havana, Cuba. Sony A7RIII 82mm 1/800@f6.3 ISO640

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Cuban Street Portrait
Cuban Street Portrait

This fellow was out selling bread early on a Saturday morning in Old Havana. He stopped a bit to chat and pose for a photo. Sony A7RIII 1/500@f4.5 ISO3200

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Waiting for Bread
Waiting for Bread

This fellow with his well-worn bicycle waits outside a bakery for fresh bread in Trinidad, Cuba. Sony A7RIII 31mm 1/500@f4.0 ISO1250

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Football on the Streets
Football on the Streets

Children play football on the streets of Old Havana, Cuba. Sony A7RIII 92mm 1/800@f6.3 ISO1250

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Cuba Revolution
Cuba Revolution

This man stops for a smoke in front of a painted Havana wall praising the revolution. Sony A7RIII 1/500@f4.0 ISO500

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Rainbow over Cienfuegos
Rainbow over Cienfuegos

After a lovely morning photographing down a country road in Cienfuegos, Cuba, we were treated to a morning rainbow. Sony A7RIII 24mm 1/500@f3.5 ISO100

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Cuban Schoolgirl
Cuban Schoolgirl

Schoolgirl looks out on the world from a window in Trinidad, Cuba. The bars allow the doors to be open for a fresh breeze. Sony A7R3 63mm 1/500@f5.0 ISO1000

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A Colorful Cup of Coffee
A Colorful Cup of Coffee

This woman in Havana watches the world go by from her colorful window as she sips from an equally colorful coffee cup. Sony A7RIII 154mm 1/800@f6.3 ISO2000 Exhibited: Women in Focus: A Woman's Vision (Group Exhibition)

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Classic Car Green
Classic Car Green

Green classic car makes it's way down a narrow Trinidad street in Cuba. I was a little afraid that I'd visit Cuba only to find the classic cars gone the way of the dodo. Not so! The classic cars were everywhere and not just for the tourists. Sony A7RIII 16mm 1/500@f4.0 ISO2000

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Melacon at Dawn
Melacon at Dawn

The famous Melacon in Havana, Cuba. It's a sea wall leading into the capitol building in the background. In the morning, the sun rises behind the capitol building - built to look like the U. S. capitol in Washington. In this photo, the dome is under scaffolding giving it a sense of movement. Sony A7R3 240mm 1/6@f14 ISO100

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The Man from Trinidad.
The Man from Trinidad.

The Man from Trinidad. This fellow sitting in his doorway talking to a friend struck me as quintessential of the city: colorful and ever-ready with a smile even at 7am. Sony A7R3 30mm 1/500@f4.0 ISO1000

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Classic Car at Night
Classic Car at Night

This is one of my husband's favorite photos from Cuba. I think he loves the bright color of the classic car lit up in the neon lights of the street. In the background is the vintage Hotel Nacional. Sony A7R3 24mm 1/30@f3.5 ISO5000

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A Country Road in Cienfuegos
A Country Road in Cienfuegos

Even the country roads are bustling in Cienfuegos, Cuba on a rainy morning. A school, a bus stop, and a bodega makes this a particularly busy road. Sony A7R3 240mm 1/500@f6.3 ISO800

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Fishing by the Sea
Fishing by the Sea

Fishing in the dawn light along the famous Melacon in Havana, Cuba. The a sea wall leads around the sea taking our eye to the capitol building in the background. Sony A7R3 144mm 1/8000@f11 ISO2500

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Dominoes in the Street
Dominoes in the Street

Coming across this domino game in the street really highlighted the street life in Havana. I also loved the colorful and patriotic graffiti on the wall behind the players. My group and I spent some time with the players leading to this fellow in the 1963 hat offering us some rum. Sony A7R3 69mm 1/800@f7.1 ISO4000

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Statue Art Havana
Statue Art Havana

Beautiful marble statue in a foyer of an apartment building in Havana, Cuba stretching up to a dome architecture.

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Cuba Spiral
Cuba Spiral

Spiral staircase in a small apartment building in Havana, Cuba. The residents kindly invited us in to photograph the building.

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