For Cuban people it´s very important what happens in the neighborhood...social life is more intense than everywhere else, it seems. So I do a small series about Cubans watching other Cubans.
This one was taken in Trinidad, province of Sancti Spiritus, near the city center. Just some moments before sunset. At this time everybody is sitting in front of the house, chatting with neighbors.
Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM
3888 x 2592
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Floydian (30970) 2008-10-25 4:48
I told you before that your Cuba serie is one of the best here on TE. A consistent quality of images, not something we all can say. Most of your images are taken in warm evening or morning light which gives it a nice warm and moody glow over it.
Here is also a very good balance between the three on the right and the standing lady on the left. On here also lies the 2.8 sharpness and with her yellow dress she really pops out of the image....great.
jjcordier (79297) 2008-10-25 5:16
Un excellent POV au ras du sol qui allonge encore les jambes de la fille. J'aime beaucoup cette composition et les teintes de la photo réchauffées par le soleil couchant.
Spunkie (318) 2008-10-25 5:23
This shot is such a story board! And I can see it becoming a historicall photo to keep. The colors are so warm and the characters interesting. Muy bien!
PixelTerror (0) 2008-10-25 5:43
hem hem yes indeed social life is important and well conveyed by your image but I guess most (male) viewers would be temptated to begin socialization on the left... A well balanced image well lit by the warm evening light.
Have a nice week end JY
jonathan_hart (21276) 2008-10-25 6:25
great warm light, good framing, and very well matched colors, I think this one is fine for the well matched theme
eversmile (11636) 2008-10-25 6:39
There's a beautiful soft light here. Well, the girl steals all my attention, she stands out compared to the little group of people on the other side. The composition is well balanced, and the colors pleases me well, specially her yellow dress matching with the color of the wall.
polpo56 (15144) 2008-10-25 7:23
bella questa foto che guarda la gente che guarda...
tonalità calde e colorate, molta atmosfera.
Un caro saluto e buon fine settimana
Burberry1 (6041) 2008-10-25 7:26
Excellent, typically cuban scene.
Fantastic lightmanagement and palete of colors.
yaya13baut (3344) 2008-10-25 8:29
good street scene with fine light and colors.
Morac (27723) 2008-10-25 8:33
It is a beautiful scene of daily life in Cuba.
The photo is well composed and its colors are warm and pleasant.
baba_flies (8829) 2008-10-25 9:04
Hallo Christian! Ich komme wieder mit meinen Farben, aber die sind so total anders, dass man sie erwaehnen muss. Sie sind warm, sie sind tropisch, sie sind feurig. Ja stell Dir vor in der Schweiz, ich moechte nicht gerade sagen, dass Nachbarn sich nicht fuer einander interessieren, aber es bleibt oft eher distanziert, andererseits wenn man sich dann naeher kommt, dann dauert eine Freundschaft oft ewig und das ist auch ein Staerke. Trotzdem, ich denke, dass man sich alleine fuehlen kann, und das passiert hier auf Deinem Bild sicher nicht. Da ist man involviert und integriert. Sie hat eine tolle Figur, Deine "Femme fatale" ... das muss man neidlos zugeben :))))))))) Liebe Gruesse ... ein spannender Abend ... Barbara.
Bartleby (13552) 2008-10-25 9:34
What colors and what light Christian! I love it. And the different attitude and expressions are totally in tune with your note. The windows fill out this great composition. Two thumbs up!
ulli1 (55) 2008-10-25 10:44
Eine super Serie die du da gemacht hast, freue mich schon auf das nächste Foto!
paololg (31448) 2008-10-25 11:23
mi piace moltissimo questa composizione, non solo perchè ci fai vedere la bella ragazza di spalle, ma soprattutto per la luce calda che hai dato all'immagine. L'assenza di tanti dettagli concentra l'attenzione sulle persone che sono il vero soggetto della foto, facendoci vedere un'aspetto della vita quotidiana in quel Paese. Eccellente, come sempre, la qualità tecnica della foto. Bravissimo
Ciao e buona domenica
SWEBackpacker (235) 2008-10-25 11:39
This is a wonderful photo from Cuba daily life. It must be something really interesting going on to the right outside of the picture frame, no one is looking towards you. Great composition with beautiful evening colors.
Best regards from
zanzi (13690) 2008-10-25 11:51
Great light and colors.
It makes us wondering what is happening outside the right hand side of the frame.
mirarer (4751) 2008-10-25 14:08
Great scene, very well composed.
Beautiful warm light.
Traczewska (14) 2008-10-25 15:37
When I open your Cuban shots from thumbnails, I often have the feeling that the heat is more intensive than from the the chimney :)
Warm light, beautiful bodies from the place where anybody doesn't like to exaggerate with number of useless outfits on..
Everything builds extremely sensual atmosphere of the paradise-lost being observed by your hidden eye.
with regards, Agn.
judesta (1006) 2008-10-25 19:41
Hi Christian, the woman standing really steals the show in this shot, the vibrant yellow of her outfit just pops right out. The story and composition go well together as does your POV. Great shot.
tomescuc (3291) 2008-10-25 22:15
I like the interaction here. She's checking them out, they're checking somebody outside the frame, perhaps this goes on and on and on ...
CLODO (35616) 2008-10-26 2:40
Hot shot in Cuba
Good composition, and all of them are looking in the same direction.
lestans (17200) 2008-10-26 9:47
che belle le tue foto di Cuba! Bravissimo!
Qui la composizione di persone e finestre è fatta benissimo, e la ragazza di schiena è un soggetto molto bello.
jorgi (3810) 2008-10-26 11:56
Cuba through your lenses is such a soft world of most warm ambient and people. Maybe is the light with its warm tones...or focus...or maybe is a man behind the camera who loves photography. They all have your signature. It is such a beautiful daily life photo, so gentle...a real compliment for photographed subjects and their environment.
Cheers from Ljubljana
flashpoint (4000) 2008-10-26 12:46
un bel ritorno alle calde tonalita' di questa bella isola,con una bella cattura di vita quotidiana e viva relazione sociale.
buona serata sERGIO
archimatica (20648) 2008-10-26 15:19
Sicuramente l'idea di guardare chi guarda è interessante, ma ( come scrisse già Igor Crovato usando l'espressione - Mettere le modalità porco in off - ) devo dire che l'occhio si posa sulla straordinaria lunghezza delle gambe della ragazza...
Foto adatta ad un pubblico maschile ;.)
Un caro saluto
devimeuxbe (58557) 2008-10-26 15:24
Very beautifull and warm color. The beauty of the woman also is hot !
Excellent composition, nice light.
Your galery from Cuba is amazing
Wanda1 (15142) 2008-10-26 21:47
This shot is well balanced out with the two windows and the two lots of people, the group and the single girl. Great the way they are all looking in one direction, and I like the model like stance of the girl. Splendid warm light to blend with the orange tones.
aadilj (18102) 2008-10-26 22:29
I love the hues and the ambient tone and textures of this intensely beautiful and artfully captured image Christian. beautiful...beyond words
marietom (34609) 2008-10-29 1:59
Wonderful composition, wonderful light !
Ce mur est superbe, avec de belles matières, c'est une très belle scène de vie quotidienne.
dareco (17134) 2008-10-29 6:28
Once again I really like the lighting. The color and textures of the wall are pretty and the setting sun adds to that. A nice mood. TFS
kpav (5031) 2008-10-29 9:15
Hello Christian, very nice daily life scene, balanced composition great colors and superb golden light. I like focusing too. Thanks for sharing.
jmdias (67995) 2008-11-02 11:20
fabulous work, I liked the way how personages are put in the scene, the windows adds lots of nice shapes and light is soft and warm, every people are nicely well shown like in a painting. If each people are ever thinking about their neighbors is something like the place where I live, a little town, something good and not good at same time
BennyV (20253) 2008-11-03 11:22
What a lovely shot, Christian. Great caribbean colours and what a pose of that girl in yellow!
mikeo (12129) 2008-11-05 3:50
First of all tell me...are all these girls in Cuba supermodels? They are simply beautiful...;-)
OK now about photo...again amazing, superb colours, great daily life scene...I love it!
fritzi007 (12124) 2008-11-05 9:28
So richtig kalt ist es bei uns auch nicht, ganz im Gegenteil, die Klimaerwärmung - aber vorm Haus sitzt auch (noch) keiner. Genau das macht die Cubaner so symbatisch! Dein Foto löst bei mir Fernweh aus, es gefällt mir so!!!
abulafia (4900) 2008-11-10 1:01
A real eye grabber Christian
The warm afternoon light and plenty of colors.
I like that the subjects ignored you, were you lying in the grass:)
faubry (35447) 2008-11-10 8:49
wowwwwwwww, wonderful silhouette, hight legs.. superb composition, really i like a lot this photo,
Bluejeans (64251) 2008-11-10 10:41
Ola Christian ,
Bela foto de vida diária muito bem capturada , gostei muito da luz suave de final de dia , ficou magnifica a mulher de costas , bom enquadramento da foto , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Olrik (1645) 2008-11-12 12:13
After the legs of "my" mannequin, let's talks about the legs of your model . ;-)
Like everybody here, I must say that the restitution of the colors and the light is stunning. But... I don't know, to tell you the truth I wish the three people on the right weren't there. Only the elegant black silhouette in her mysterious pose (what is she looking at?), the two windows and the yellow wall would have be sufficient for the pleasure of my eyes. And it would have been like an echo to your other (nice)picture : "the slim girl". But well, you wasn't of course responsible for it.
InasiaJones (31566) 2008-11-13 0:20
Interesting note that goes perfectly with what is going on in your photo, we can have a feeling of the importance of the hood you are talking about.
The pose of her body can't hide her interest and awareness of whatever take places. Good balanced photo, excellent light from the end of the day, low and flattering. Colours are also boosted by the warm rays. Mucho calores... :-P)
pelin (2789) 2008-11-23 10:19
Hello Christian, thanks for comment to my turkish Ayasofya :-)
Im very interested in your Cuban shots and this one is another
masterpiece. Great sharpness, nice warm color balance plus great zoom quality. All the best in one piece. Your 'Yellow-dressed' 'Cuban model' is catching my eye ;-)
Greetings from Poland
tesup (210) 2008-12-13 8:48
nicely composed street scene with a good deal of daily life in it.
your use of light and color management are also worth of a praise.
ein spannender Abend,
Ber (8242) 2009-01-05 14:00
It is a beautiful scene of daily life in Cuba. What colors and what light Christian!
ls7902 (7348) 2009-01-14 19:02
Wow. Great colors & scene. Lovely composition in perfect balance and placement. They are all looking and attracted to something on the right but that lady in interesting stance & posture has her back on us. Regards. Latiff.
AyseGurel (574) 2009-01-16 13:18
This is one of the best series of Cuba.A glamorous shot and a unique moment taken by a hidden eye!
marcoperu (120) 2009-01-24 6:32
Good work! The picture has really good composition, exposition and light colour. I really wonder to what these people are looking at! The girl on the left side really looks like an athlectic girl (perfect body) and captures the viewer's attention.
pilpel-adom (3018) 2009-01-24 21:57
Good take of a street happening...you sure captured the essence of the street, with a good balance of a dominant standing lady on the left and the sitting and idle company on the right. This balance is also the conceptual contrast that create tension and curiosity in the picture in the form of questions such as "who" and "what"...A good decisive moment and well seen image.
I've increased local contrast to pop out more of the colorful house walls...
marcdemoulin (1870) 2009-02-07 6:52
Outstanding warm colours in this picture Christian! A nice steet shot.
Polonaise (5802) 2009-04-14 13:41
A huge chunk of the good photography in there, Christian.
That 'something' in the bottom, left corner ?
It suppose to be cloned out ( an extremely easy task)...
Why - you may ask ?
Because that's the ONLY ONE flaw in this otherwise, excellent piece.
- Copyright: christian brandstaetter (brandstaetter) (15915)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-07-21
- Categories: Daily Life
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): well matched [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-10-25 4:40