Cuba is well known for a few things: Cigars, Che, and Old Chevys. They are not just a tourist gimmick used to shuttle travelers around, but rather daily use cars for normal families. All around Cuba, you can see young and old car enthusiasts washing and babying their classic Chevys.
Most of these cars are older than the driver, dating back to the early 1950s. Ask any owner and they will gladly open their hood to show you the original parts and upholstery. Who says American cars aren't build to last? ;)
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happypoppeye (4819) 2008-04-23 7:54
Nice catch Mark. Love the lighting and angle of light here, illuminating the subjects yet not showing all the details, alowwing the mind to visualize what it wants. The subject is excellent and original when compared to the usual "cuban car" scene.
danasam (1075) 2008-04-23 8:05
very good stabled capture in the dark without a flash!!! well done.
fabio_ts (13696) 2008-04-23 8:06
Absolutely a great photo Mark, you have used the light like a master, very well composed too, a little masterpiece!!!
have a nice day,
tamatree (243) 2008-04-23 9:14
Mark Gong...I could have guessed! Love love love your work bro! It has the classic old school style of the masters gone bye. Love this image 2! Well seen as usual...it may as well be a painting it has so much feeling.
horatiuTT (4570) 2008-04-23 10:52
Nice scene.The classic cars of Cuba are very picturesque along
the textures of the buildings,great light,nice job.
michiels (4170) 2008-04-23 11:40
SO true ! Lovely cars although the most are not in good condition any more. But they are great to look at and to make a drive. Great photo ,very subtile and a superb light !!!!
tomescuc (3291) 2008-04-23 21:21
Beautiful scene mixing man and dated automobile in this shadow-light environment. Mysterious feel too, I really like it.
BennyV (18083) 2008-04-23 23:57
This picture looks like a still from a film noir...in colour! Great!
rbcy1974 (20758) 2008-04-24 1:15
Very interesting combination of light and shadow, it makes it look as if he is hiding something. Great mood.
Griet (506) 2008-04-24 7:46
Nice compo and great use of existing lights. Once again you're so right in your note.They really take good care of their cars. They have to because they can't buy a new one (or other used car)Let's hope things will get better for them soon.
brandstaetter (15915) 2008-05-12 12:47
Wow, that´s a well captured scene...how was your ISO setting here ?
Durandal (59) 2008-05-22 8:02
J'aime cette photo car elle laisse sentit l'atmosphère, la chaleur et l'attachement des cubains pour leur vieille américaine
SWEBackpacker (235) 2008-09-21 13:40
Wonderful night picture with fantastic light and colors. You have written a very interesting note as well.
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- Copyright: Mark Gong (markgong) (2840)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-03-15
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D3
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/60 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): It's all about light [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-04-23 7:51