I don't post too many black and white photos, but I guess I couldn't resist this one.
We were walking around Havana, trying & trying to find bottled water, trying to find any sort of juice stand, trying to find any source of liquid for our parched throats!
If you havn't been to Havana, its very difficult to locate the essentials. Bottle water is like gold, and everyone wants it, yet the supply is so low.
We just kept walking and walking. It was our first real day of exploring the city, so we didn't exactly have a great sense of direction yet.
Despite my thirst, i stumbled upon this little collection of cars and wanted to put the search for liquids on hold for a few minutes.
The fat rounded trunk and back end of this car was too much to pass up, and when combined with the wide angle lens it looks even fatter and more round :)
eventually we did find our fruit juice, but it's only good for so long and the search started all over again shortly after.
Rule of thumb in Havana is, if you can locate bottled water, stock up on it NOW, not later. A lesson learned and never forgotten.
Thanks for looking
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snunney (84983) 2014-02-18 2:18
Excellent use of the wide angle lens to create this splendid composition. Black and white suits the mood perfectly and the conversion is very well effected. What are the temperatures like in Cuba in December?
batalay (35747) 2014-02-18 2:28
Another of your wonderful photos of the geriatric autos of Cuba. It is entirely appropriate — symbolically — to present it in B&W, although the Cuba oozes with brilliant colors. I see that we are neighbors this morning, but it is 5:30 am in Washington, 2:30 am in Vancouver.
pajaran (52648) 2014-02-18 2:48
Interesantan i dobar tekst ...
Dobar snimak, ostrina i kontrast, lepo pokazano mesto i automobili.
Lepo ulovljen trenutak sa oblacima, dobra kompozicija.
An interesting and good text ...
Good shot, sharpness and contrast, nice place and the cars shown.
Beautifully captured moments with clouds, good composition.
All the best.
jhm (140110) 2014-02-18 2:57
These cars remain perfect driving in Cuba, all cars out of the fifties.
I have learn drive with this type cars.
Very well composition, light and presentation are excellent taken.
Nice done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
papagolf21 (86766) 2014-02-18 3:22
Bonjour, cher Craig,
Nous avons l'impression de voir un vieux film américain.
J'aime beaucoup l'ambiance générale qui se dégage de cette composition.
Le choix du noir et blanc est parfait.
willperrett (7348) 2014-02-18 3:26
Love this in monochrome, but then I'm rather a fan of the medium. The wide angle has certainly done full justice to the fat bum of the foreground car, while your work on the sky has paid dividends in terms of drama. Nice one.
subhendu_bagchi (25818) 2014-02-18 3:44
wow, i just love your car series. Here is another and it is now in monochrome which perfectly described the mood of it. Excellent picture quality. Superb composition. Tfs.
npecanhuk (66382) 2014-02-18 3:51
Tosca must have gotten real bored with you... just kidding! Just because I've read that you loved walking around in Havana taking picture of all those façades and old cars and she wanted so badly to find some good and tasty food!
I really like this one!
No colors was a good choice for sort of transport us to some time in the past!
Chosen pov, composition and management of difficult light also pleased me!
I found some old cars here in Campinas too and took one thinking about you two in Cuba!
serp2000 (40400) 2014-02-18 4:12
My congratulations! Very creative angle, I like this distorsion, amazing effect. furthermore, the b&w version makes this picture looks like a document archive photo.
Sergiom (61242) 2014-02-18 5:18
Tu as eu raison de posté cette photo. Elle est superbe et j'aurais aimé la prendre moi-même. Le point de vue est est toujours intéressant et donne beaucoup de profondeur.Le noir et blanc est bien choisi et apporte un petit côté dramatique intéressant.
timecapturer (49286) 2014-02-18 5:27
love this monochrome shot, it works superbly as does your low viewpoint. It has such a retro feel about it and the lack of colour adds to that concept beautifully. The moody sky and old world architecture suits it perfectly too. An arty and classic shot in all senses of the word. Now tell me, were you lying on the pavement ala Mr Jason Cowling?
Giustiniani (3376) 2014-02-18 5:57
effectivement, l'usage du noir et blanc s'imposait. C'est une photo de caractère avec une superbe ambiance rétro. La lumière et les contrastes sont très agréables. Bien vu.
Fis2 (86357) 2014-02-18 6:08
Good b&w photo.
I like POV and composition.
The black and white increase this emotions.
Photo has climate.
Have a nice day
williewhistler (14615) 2014-02-18 6:17
it`s almost like looking at a Hollywood trailer of a movie in the 1950s,all those lovely old cars.
Your BW conversion works very well accentuating the lines of the vehicles as well as adding drama to the well worked sky.
Very nicely done.
All the best Les.
Royaldevon (30305) 2014-02-18 6:41
Ha! Ha! My immediate thought was 'Does my butt look big in this?' Well ... yes!
It's a great shot of these old, classy cars.
I like the strong presentation, using the f/g triangle and, with the cars creating their own line of perspective.
The b&w treatment gives the cars a very gritty look, perfectly in keeping with their age and location.
Have a great day,
photographer_sg (4402) 2014-02-18 7:28
Great black and white picture with lovely composition. beautiful shades of grey. the clouds add great atmosphere. thanks for sharing. have a nice evening.
clic (15142) 2014-02-18 7:32
Your quest for water sounds hammy, indeed!
Did you consider waiting for those dramatic clouds to pour down right into a styrofoam cup?!
Those old cars seen in black suit well to the legendary decay in Habana.
emka (80034) 2014-02-18 10:06
Hi Craig, I like your stories. You have always some adventures, just like me. And was it really hot? I know that it is recommended to drink a lot of water, in Australia they didn't take you for a hiking without bottle of water (1,5 l), but when I drink more water then I must look for something else :). I am afraid it also would be a problem in Havana. Splendid view of these fat and round cars. And black and white fits very well.
Warm regrads MAlgo
holmertz (41819) 2014-02-18 10:45
In the Soviet Union, or so the story goes, people would line up in any queue they happened to stumble on, without even knowing what was sold at the other end. Whatever it was, it would normally be hard to find, so you'd better stock up on it while you could get it. That seems to go for bottled water in Cuba still today. Sounds fun but it's kind of sad, isn't it?
As for this entertaining photo, the combination of fish-eye, B&W and vintage cars takes me straight back to the 50's. I actually enjoy these cars but I also love the expressive clouds.
SnapRJW (31531) 2014-02-18 10:52
I was very amused by your note Craig. Dying of thirst and yet you can still stop and take some shots of your old bangers! That's dedication. I love this in B&W, your lens has done its thing and I think that the contrast between the round backside of the closest car is contrasted quite dramatically by the space age fins on the one parked next to it. Warm regards Rosemary
cornejo (32252) 2014-02-18 11:03
Hi Craig, I like this good black and white photo of these old car, very well captured in this interesting picture with good sharpness and interesting light. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy week.
Best wishes from southern Spain.
jcpix (13688) 2014-02-18 19:56
Ohhh yeah, baby got back...there is some junk in this trunk alright! lol This would make Sir Mix-A-Lot proud!
Funny what you mention about taking time out of searching for something to drink in order to grab a photo op, it rings so true for me. I was once so zoned in photographing around Paris one day that I literally didn't stop for anything but a Cherry Coke, that's all I had the entire day.
Anyway, on to this beauty. Natural curiosity would love to see a color version in comparison...but I tell ya', this is a home run in black & white! The brooding atmosphere from the heavy clouds and dark contrast is palpable, and I love the ever so slight highlights from where the sun has peeked through. Not only that, but you have a "two-fer," getting both cars in one shot.
The background plays right into the strength of the wide angle too, even having some of that fish-eye effect up front which then leads down and to the right, strong perspective all around. Worth being thirsty for a bit longer, this is awesome! Have a good one. Take it easy.
Cheers from the dusty desert,
Periko (2731) 2014-02-18 21:06
It really looks like an old photo due to the b&w choice. Nice composition with such an amazing sky.
jjcordier (76860) 2014-02-18 22:23
Ton très grand angle a encore frappé! Bel effet pour mettre en vedette ces vieilles cubaines. J'aurais bien voulu voir la version couleurs pour comparer!
annjackman (19937) 2014-02-18 23:32
The b/w treatment really suits these old cars - it gives a nostalgic look. That wide-angle lens makes for an interesting perspective. Loads of detail and much to enjoy here.
Kind Regards, Ann
dkmurphys (50032) 2014-02-19 2:13
Superb rusty old cars. I like the POV, original way of showing them. Well done!
mirosu (14564) 2014-02-19 4:08
Every time when I see these beautiful old American cars, I'm thinking on my previous trips to Havana. Beautiful city full of fabulous oldtimer cars. I was always wondering how they maintain them without proper spare parts supply.
Excellent monochrome photo, superb low angle viewpoint.
Very well done
Wish you a very nice week.
delpeoples (53167) 2014-02-19 4:28
Awww I love this. Although not a car lover, I really am trying to decide whether I like this even more than I like you magnificent shot of Brooklyn's 2 bridges. As you say, we don't see many B&Ws from you, but every time we do, they're just so stunning. Love the angles, the low POV, the quicksilver sheen to the cars and wonderful character. A stunning shot, congrats.
ktanska (24950) 2014-02-19 10:51
This car looks like it wasn't quite the latest fashion even during Cuban revolution! Again well spotted. Background kind of surrounds the car nicely. I don´t know what this would look like in colour, but at least the clouds and reflections on cars look good on B&W.
ACL1978 (7491) 2014-02-19 21:25
Hey Craig - looks like we've both been to the Caribbean recently - you to Cuba, me to Puerto Rico, just returning yesterday. Since I finally had a chance to take some non-baby photos, I figured I'd see how TE was doing... I see you're still busy, and producing beautiful shots for us. I love Cuba's old cars, but shots of them so often focus on the color, interesting to see a black and white take focused on the form itself. Thanks, and I hope you've been well! I'll probably post a few shots pretty soon.
krzychu30 (15498) 2014-02-20 0:35
B&W was definitely a good choice here!
Together with the sky creates here the whole mood of the scene.
And even if I´ll repeat myself,your wide angle lens brings out the best of such scenes,something I couldn´t never reached with a common zoom lens.
Admiring your Havana shots,the whole city feels like a huge,open-air motorization museum.
Have a good day
tyro (20696) 2014-02-20 2:43
I like your note - a really useful bit of information for other tourists who intend to visit this place. I shall remember to stock up on water and juice if ever I visit Havana.
But I'm glad that you were seduced into taking this wonderful shot and managed to put your quest for water on hold for a little time. Your wide "city" lens has come up trumps yet again, making the rear end of that old American car look so wonderfully fat and bulbous and accentuating the big "fins" on the back of the slightly more modern car on the right.
Black and white has worked very well here, bringing out all the textures and reflections off the dirty paintwork brilliantly. Spot-on exposure and fabulous depth of field and overall sharpness.
COSTANTINO (56307) 2014-02-20 9:49
your choice for sepia is the best
this shot taken in an artistic way
looks like a shot from old
movie film great work
eldancer1 (28557) 2014-02-23 7:42
I like your choice to go B&W with those classics (for us anyway but a necessity for the Cubans) cars. Good pov and nice contrast. Well done, tfs.
adores (37679) 2014-03-17 17:16
Here's your theme again:)! Beautiful old cars, they match so well with the old architecture around. Very good in b&w, it gives an old atmosphere to the place. Good contrast and nice sky!
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (57074)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2013-12-08
- Categories: Transportation
- Camera: Pentax K7, SIGMA 8-16mm
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-02-18 1:59