Perhaps you know, perhaps you don't know, but playing checkers and or dominoes is a common practice out on the streets of Havana - just as is playing baseball or football.
I like to think of myself as a keen observer :)
and one thing i've noticed about all of these games being played out on the streets is that its always men or boys.
Never did we ever see a girl or a woman playing sports on the street or socializing by playing these board games...I wonder why that is?
Anyways, these men had no problem at all with me getting up close and personal. Obviously i'm using my ultra wide angle lens here, I wanted to because otherwise I could not fit all the people in the scene from above.
During my time in Havana, I approached a number of groups playing these games. Depending on the personalities of the men some of them chose to ignore me, some wanted a full on conversation. But all were gracious in having their game photographed. The man in the blue shirt sitting down is smiling/smirking because i'm taking the photo.
I like how they don't even have a table, they're using their knees. It's also interesting how one Cuban man here has a Florida USA cap, and another man has a T-Shirt with the USA flag.
My next post will be men playing a game of Dominoes :)
Hope you like it
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RhodieIke (11512) 2014-03-24 10:47
Your wide angle lens comes on it's own in this scene, capturing all these guys playing their games.
It gives an unusual perspective, as if your are at a peculiar angle.
Brill, love it, love their expressions, the guy in red looks under pressure, hope it's not a big wager. Tfs,
photographer_sg (3361) 2014-03-24 11:46
charming street shot with beautiful framing. The use of the wide angle with the chosen pov has kept the young man in the red shirt perfectly proportioned making him the ideal focal point. Wonderful colours. The different postures and attitudes of the men make interesting viewing. Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening.
serp2000 (38783) 2014-03-24 12:03
I like this twisted composition, you lens help you fill every corner by people, amazing optical effect. And I have never seen so colorful checks. Well, this is Cuba. Why not?
mesutilgim (81300) 2014-03-24 13:23
Nice Street scenery from Havana. Your fisheye was a good choice.
TFS and best regards
Silvio1953 (118143) 2014-03-24 13:48
Ciao Craig, nice scee, lovely daily life composition, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
ACL1978 (7467) 2014-03-24 14:53
Another creative use of the wide angle, Craig - not many would use it for street photography, but the effect here is a good one - it almost enhances the "tension" of this friendly competition. Love the variety of expression here; lots of intense concentration!
lousat (73837) 2014-03-24 15:08
Hi Craig,very very original way to show us this common scene from the cuban streets,great point of view and great effect made by the lens disotrsions,great idea,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
jcpix (12464) 2014-03-24 16:48
Checkers on the street...sure, why not...just like a pick-up basketball game, but hopefully no one throws elbows here when they start losing! :)
Man, that wide angle really brings us right into the action, I feel like I'm standing over them myself...now "king me!' lol
Love the casual, easy-going, every day life kind of vibe from this shot...just hanging out on the streets with the guys, playing some games. I wonder if they even pay attention to passing ladies?? Since you mentioned it in your note, there's a wonderful sense of the man covering his mouth trying not to smile...something we've all done before I'm sure. Cool that you were able to chat with them and get this kind of shot, it has a unique feel about it. Really cool, this is the true side of a city, its citizens. Enjoy the rest of the day. Take care.
Cheers from down South,
Oh, by the way...what exactly did you have published, would love to see it!
emka (74963) 2014-03-24 22:32
Hi Craig, it looks so funny and you wind angle lens made again strange job. So many legs here. I like this Florida on the cap and amazing blue of the T-shirt. Fine shot.
Warm regrads MAlgo
Only six days and new adventure:))
jjcordier (74454) 2014-03-25 0:06
Ton très grand angle nous fait vraiment "rentrer" dans la partie de dames. La concentration qui se lit sur les visages des joueurs est impressionnante.
holmertz (38523) 2014-03-25 3:01
You seem to have more than just a working knowledge of Spanish and a super wide angle fish eye lens to be able to get so close and to engage in full on conversations. These guys look rather funny, like you had taken this through the security hole in a door, but you surely got them all in. It's a funny shot with a strong locaal atmosphere.
All the best,
Sergiom (56449) 2014-03-25 5:51
J'aime beaucoup ton effet de lentille pour cette composition.Un peu de déformation dans les extrémités mais tu réussis bien à faire entrer cinq personnes dans le cadre.Maintenant, il faut que tu désignes le gagnant.
Romano46 (16584) 2014-03-25 8:24
il Sigma e il tuo colpo d'cchio messi insieme fanno miracoli anche nel ritratto quando ti immergi tra il popolo e riprendi scene di vita quotidiana.
In questa foto sembra di assistere alla partita come un qualsiasi curioso tanto appare realistyica e immediata la scena.
E in più c'è l'anima della città cubana che ci riporta indietro nel tempo.
Complimenti e grazie
Ciao e buona giornata
worldcitizen (6633) 2014-03-25 9:40
I love how you pulled us into this scene, and also the observations you made: US clothing (probably sent from relatives in Florida), no table, and that it's always men playing these games. There is also a pair of crutches leaning against the wall - another interesting detail. You weren't in Cuba long, but you had your eyes wide open, and definitely captured the essence of daily life there.
On a side note, I hope to have some new photos soon. I've been short on new ideas lately, and spring hasn't really sprung here yet. As a matter of fact, it's 1 C here today, and there might be some snow over night!!!
rychem (20765) 2014-03-25 10:19
To know a country it means to know not only its landscapes and architecture, but also the people and their culture, you have captured an nice scene of daily life of people in Cuba, very well spotted
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (53902)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-12-07
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Pentax K7, SIGMA 8-16mm
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-03-24 10:39