This man took several attempts to back his car into a garage in the backstreets of Havana. The exhaust fumes were dreadful! 1950s American cars are found all over Cuba. This is because the Cuban Revolution, that ended in 1959,and the subsequent blockade, prevented trade between the USA and other countries.
Havana has some amazing colonial architecture some of which is crumbling with neglect, and some being loveingly restored. UNESCO declared the historic centre (Habana Vieja) 'a cultural heritage of humanity' in 1982.
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tyro (18574) 2014-03-02 5:21
For a petrolhead like me this is a wonderful shot! And, what with the fact that all recent cars here in Britain have catalysts, we have come to forget just how much the exhaust fumes of older cars really stink!
Your tight cropping of this picture really accentuates the "tight fit" perfectly and our eyes naturally follow what must be the line of sight of the driver of this old car - and we also closely examine the small gap between the wall and his car's door.
The lighting here is superb and, despite that light being very strong, you have managed it well with good detail visible in both the deepest shadows and also in the brightest parts of the image. And the light also perfectly picks up the clouds of blue exhaust smoke.
A very fine and concentrated composition, lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
Noel_Byrne (20698) 2014-03-02 5:48
This makes me smile, I think we have all been in that place, and I fact I was in that position just yesterday as I tried to drive out the gates of a very old city centre housing complex! This man us cutting it fine though, and I can see the exhaust you mention too. A beautiful view of the car, it may be old, but its very much a classic too.
Great moment, well caught.
krzychu30 (15332) 2014-03-02 7:14
great daily-life capture from Havana!
These old cars on Cuba are so picturesque and definitely add so much charm to Havana´s streets.
Magnificent close-up composition!Wow,it must have been really tight:)but I hope he did manage to park the car:)
Have a nice sunday
batalay (34723) 2014-03-02 7:30
It is always a pleasure to see photos from the time capsule that is Cuba. Geriatric cars that I used to sketch as new cars can be see (what does that say about me?) Canadian Pierre Langlois has a veritable gallery of similar geriatric cars, and the last one he posted might just be this car. I imagine the 1953 Chevrolet Belaire you've posted is comprised of generations of car parts, and even hand made
corjan3 (2025) 2014-03-02 7:53
A very good closeup. Sometimes it is best to get in real close, as you show here. And a good accompanying note to put us in the picture. Well done.
ACL1978 (7467) 2014-03-02 7:56
Tight fit indeed... this makes my garage look positively spacious!
Great framing here; the close crop really emphasizes the feel of running out of room. Hopefully the driver didn't get his cap knocked off in the process here...
Thanks for mentioning the embargo as the cause of all these older cars, I think at times some people forget that it isn't just a tourist trap, there's a controversial and long-standing policy behind it (which hopefully will be going away soon).
saxo042 (36904) 2014-03-02 9:03
Going to Cuba, without returning with a lot of pictures of old classic cars from the US, seems to be impossible. This is more than just a car photo, something is happening. We can feel the thrill here, will he manage this situation without a scratch on his vintage car?
jemaflor (80650) 2014-03-02 9:46
original frame well seen with the view of this man, very narrow ! interesting idea and good result, Light and shadows are well managed.
kasianowak (4882) 2014-03-02 10:48
Great timing for the image to show the action you are talking about in the note. The man, with his head sticking out of the window, is obviously reversing (or, as you say, trying to do so). I also like the way you captured the small cloud of exhaust fumes at the bottom of the car.
Well done on concentrating on the action, I know it's very tempting to just produce another frame filling shot of those iconic cars when you see one.
Have a nice evening
holmertz (37033) 2014-03-02 10:56
I have to agree with my brother that this is more than just another picture of an old car in Havana. That head looking out the window adds a great degree of suspense and quiet action to the composition. The dark, subdued colours and the fumes also make the picture strangely attractive.
cebe (1479) 2014-03-02 11:25
I understood the title only after opening the image. Yes, could not be tighter. Sort of an action shot finally! I just wonder if there's more space once inside, and if not how does he get out.
Best regards, Claude
timecapturer (45143) 2014-03-03 3:31
like the originality and way you have cropped this. It is so effective at giving us a real idea of what was happening and making it so mesmerising. We get a real sense of the noise and smell in this perfectly executed and unique shot of everyday Cuban life. Excellent!
Have a great week - B.
Royaldevon (26481) 2014-03-04 1:51
I can imagine you holding your breath as you took this shot! It is a pulse racing incident to see someone reversing a car so close to the wall! What a moment to capture on camera!
The head poking out of the car, the fumes swirling around the wheels, all the clues are there to inform of the motion and the impending drama!
I have to ask, did he reverse successfully?
Thanks for sharing this.
Have a great day,
ktanska (24102) 2014-03-05 10:00
Yes, I can see blue exhaust comng from back, I hope nobody was in there. Good action shot, that is soo close. Good contrast too. Close framing is quite suitable, we can complement the picture with the left side of the car on our minds.
willperrett (5900) 2014-03-06 1:02
You seem to be having a "conversation" with Craig (macjake) here! Very well spotted and nicely tight framing. I imagine the car has quite a few scratches down the sides by this time.
Giustiniani (2716) 2014-03-07 10:31
j'aime beaucoup cette photo, belle illustration de ton commentaire. Excellent cadrage.
macjake (52040) 2014-03-08 8:17
haha...sweet! Great to see others posting car shots from Havana too :)
We should start up a theme together :)
And yes, having just recently visited here, i can easily recall the smell and color of these exhaust fumes you mention.
Love the crop you chose, as it relates to the squeezing-in aspect of the note.
funny, yet still being effectively creative.
eldancer1 (25135) 2014-03-09 7:44
Admire the determination of those Cuban to take care of those old cars, most of those cars can bring a lot of money in the U.S. Good timing and capture with good details. Well done, tfs.
Cricri (101211) 2014-03-10 10:50
Vous aussi vous êtes allée a Cuba! un pays qui me tente aussi....
Grand moment capturer de la voiture limite contre le mur!! bon cadrage et couleurs, superbe scène en image
RhodieIke (11512) 2014-03-12 23:50
A tight fit indeed, great Pov, on to this chap revering in to this tight spot in his classical car.
Love the sombre light it adds a great mood and a bit of mystery.
Splendid, trust you are both well,
fotka (3257) 2014-03-17 6:08
Great daily life shot from Cuba. It is a place where are perfect opportunities to photograph an old American cars.
I like how you framed this photo that shows many details of the car.
Hansaphotos (6415) 2014-03-18 8:42
Well observed and beautifully presented shot. Typical Cuban scene with an old American car. The few colours suits this scene perfectly. I hope the space is wider inside the garage, otherwise I guess the guy had to use the window to get out, haha. Thanks.
fabbs99 (15681) 2014-04-01 20:36
It is a colorful image of the old car which still exist in Cuba. Cuba needs a new revolution to get the latest smart cars from the world market.Very well done.Keep sharing. TFS.
- Copyright: Ann Jackman (annjackman) (17751)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-05-28
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Decisive Moment
- Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-03-02 4:57