This is exactly why i loved Havana so much and why we spent 4 full days in the city. Alot of tourists will stay at a resort, and travel by taxi to Havana for 1 day, we didnt want that. I truly wanted to get a more cultural experience, so we stayed with a cuban family in their Casa downtown.
And as much as i enjoy new modern futuristic architecture, i enjoy this style as well - the crusty peeling walls, the dirt and grime....it all appeals to me.
I was wanting to choose a photo that displays that, and here it is, it should give you a true sense of the conditions of Havana's Infrastructure.
The peach and blue colors really attracted me to this paticular corner intersection. Hope you enjoy it too.
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emka (77266) 2014-01-08 23:50
Hello Craig, I was sure you will love Havana! All these dilapidated houses, old cars and friendly people. beautiful old house with a tree on the roof? Interesting corner and so wo nderfully presented. I would like to go tocuba but where i wouldn't like to go???. I miss something exotic.
Warm regrads Malgo
dkmurphys (48446) 2014-01-09 0:01
You sure managed to capture the essence of that place. Simple and very picturesque...at least for us :)
I like your pov with the contrast between the sunny street and the one with shadows.
boa (5981) 2014-01-09 0:03
Havannas charm is indisputable according to the pictures I´ve seen. The old genuin environment seems not to be ruined by fancy restaurants and tourist shops yet? Nice shot by the way, with a good perspective and a excellent light. But possibly the whole upper corner of the building should have been within the frame? An interesting shot with attractive colors, tfs!
Have a nice day/
mkamionka (30212) 2014-01-09 0:22
it must have been a great experience to live with real people in place like this. I admire your approach, I guess I became to lazy and sometimes I prefer to stay at home than accept more difficult conditions.
I have answered your question about the safety in Montevideo under my photo.
Very attractive composition. I like the geometry which created with the wide angle here. The architecture seems quite simple but the perspective created plenty of strong lines. The damage to the building makes it very photogenic with all the scratches and discoloring.
dta (65614) 2014-01-09 0:28
Hello Craig ,
I was sure that this was a picture from you ! I enjoy this kind of subject , too , And this old house is extremely attractive for me , more attractive than if it was renovated , and even a loof more iif it was replaced by modern buildings . Nevertheless , I'm not sure that the locals thinh the same ...
The angle of view , the lighting and the colors are splendid . May be it would have been better with the top of the house , but I suppose that it was not possible to frame it entirely .
Noel_Byrne (23248) 2014-01-09 0:29
Great to hear you stayed in the heart of the real city, its a nice way to see the real place. I have to admit, on the occasion I stayed in Captetown, I did stay in a resort and did some day trips to the city, but like you note, you dont get the real feeling of the people that way. One of the things that really strikes me about the shots you have posted from Havana is the incredible sense of depth that you've been capturing in the streets. I dont know if just the specific angles you have been choosing, but something looks amazingly 3D in these posts, and its brilliant.
And I too like the textures of the buildings very much, but when I look at this first, I studied it because to me it looked like the peeling paint and crusty finish was a mural that somebody had painted onto a perfectly finished building. It looks that nice, I thought it was a painting!
Nice one again, cheers
holmertz (40007) 2014-01-09 2:39
Your photos of Havana have opened my eyes to this city in a way other pictures haven't done. I realize I would love to roam the same streets and try to take similar photos - with less sharpness and less use of wide angles ;-). I find crumbling houses sad but fascinating. I love the triangle you created from the block to the left and the depth provided by the people in the street.
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-01-09 2:39
your Cuba theme is becoming one of my favorite now and the way you make ugly buildings looks attractive is quite astonishing. Superb POV for this one with the corner of the street being central part of the composition. Great light and colors.
All the best and thanks for sharing
Sergiom (58579) 2014-01-09 5:50
Une très belle utilisation de cette belle lentille. On voit très bien le coin de rue ainsi que les deux rues transversales.J'aime beaucoup la texture des murs qui ont du être rose à une autre époque. A Cuba, la vie se passe dans les rues.
jurek1951 (42014) 2014-01-09 7:30
a beautiful street atmosphere with attractive composition and splendid architectural details, superb shot,
ikeharel (55948) 2014-01-09 8:02
thanks for the note, Craig, but this is not the "best" side of Tel-Aviv...
Fine view on a typical corner in havana, there is an attractive edifice on far side of the street to right.
Plaster is decayed, but gave a special texture to the building, also light superbly managed.
Cheers, and stay in the warm side...
pajaran (51164) 2014-01-09 12:33
Interesantan tekst o mestu, sa opisom ...
Lep pogled na staru kucu i ulicu sa ljudima ...
Dobar snimak i perspektiva, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak, lepe boje.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.
An interesting article on the place, with a description ...
A nice view of the old house and the street with people ...
Good shot and perspective, nice place and shown the moment, pretty colors.
Have a nice and successful day, all the best.
lousat (75456) 2014-01-09 14:39
Hi Craig,very nice 3D effect on this corner house,what a prospect and what a quality,another beautiful shot from La Habana,but here every corner is a great opportunity...hhee...i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
jcpix (13518) 2014-01-09 18:37
Just from seeing your pictures I get the very same, and vivid idea of your attraction to Havana...just for this kind of stuff right here, this is great! Amazing beauty in these old walls, the decaying exterior presents an enormous well of texture, color and charm. It's like a giant abstract canvas, the city has basically painted itself. :)
And what more do you really need to photograph other than something as simple as this to convey that sentiment? Sweet! I really like this layout, catching the juxtaposing streets with a little daily life in between. Smart choice of shooting direction too, the heavy shade on the left has helped hide the dumpsters and keep focus on the colorful wall. Tough call on width and crop, I think you did wise not to over distort and try to squeeze everything into the frame.
That rich blue sky is a terrific compliment to the range of rustic colors. Beauty!
Enjoy the rest of your evening. Cheers from PHX. (That's "Phoenix" haha ;))
kato (11630) 2014-01-09 19:55
You're capturing well this place by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see tasteful buildings seen from the intersection. It's eye-catching for the outer wall with the peach and blue colors, and blue lattice window. And, it harmonizes well with blue sky.
jjcordier (75562) 2014-01-09 22:53
Tes remarquables photos constituent un excellent reportage sur la vie dans cette grande ville cubaine. Tu es vraiment allé près des habitants pour en ramener des images "vraies".
CLODO (30040) 2014-01-10 2:33
A moment of the real life in the Cuba island, sweet colors and a good POV to see the 2 perpendicular streets. our view is directed to the pedestrians who don't care the photographer.
Good, good, good!
ManuMay (34411) 2014-01-10 2:35
SUperb point of view choosen to lead our view till the end of this Street, human presence adds interest and dimmensions sense, great colours and textures...I like it very much...
Have a nice day...
Subhogen (4065) 2014-01-10 2:56
A nice view of the narrow lanes of Havana. These buildings are really a photo enthusiast's delight. Good angle, POV and lens chosen to show us both facades of this interesting building. From the shut doors and windows it looks like it is abandoned, it better be looks like it will collapse any time now. Great shot I like it. Thanks for sharing.
abmdsudi (42528) 2014-01-10 10:13
Love the totally candid nature of the people in this shot - it makes me feel like I've had a chance to look at real life there. Superb, stunning...all the adjectives are out for this one. again the magic of ultra wide lens is exploited to max impact. Great work, tfs
Romano46 (17408) 2014-01-10 10:57
ancora l'autenticità della vita di Cuba nei suoi vari aspetti.
Peccato che manchino i rumori e gli odori della città per rendere più vivo questo quadro e i precedenti che hai proposto, ma possiamo ben immaginarli.
Il tuo grandangolo ti aiuta a cogliere immagine che prendono vigore proprio dalla ridotta misura della focale.
Sempre eccellenti i colori e, ovviamente la definizione.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
Miguel82 (22799) 2014-01-10 18:51
A very authentic atmosphere in that street of La Havana, a remarkable ancient architecture, good subdue light, some old style dust bins, excellent dof and nice presentation, all the best, good evening
danos (85715) 2014-01-10 22:36
really doing in these places someone must explore not behind a taxi's glass the town or the place,but strolling in the streets like you the beauties of it. I like the creative perspective of the construction with the humidity to covered almost all over of the building.The light and the colour management make the image even more efective but i wonder how the people stay there under this conditions.
adidas5nb (5225) 2014-01-15 4:52
oh wow....what an angle and pov.fantastically done.and it showcases the place so beautifully.love the character of the place.
adores (36113) 2014-01-21 15:18
Old but beautiful! I like this atmosphere, electricity wires, trees growing on the roofs, life going on in the streets... Very good pov and colours!
omid266 (4176) 2014-01-24 9:19
** Salam , Hi Craig **
Good evening friend ,
Very nice foto from this old and pretty building and alley ,
This is very nice from staying 4 full days in a city
like Havana ,
Thank you for sharing your experiences with us ,
Al the best in your pictures ,
** God and his Angels may be with you ! **
Omid - I.R.Iran
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (55450)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-12-08
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K7, SIGMA 8-16mm
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-08 23:34