I think this photo typifies exactly what you'll see in Havana.
Crumbling architecture, people walking outside, and people sitting outside.
I liked seeing the people sitting in the open doorway, just hanging around watching the world go by. I guess they're watching me at the moment.
And its funny how if you wait long enough, somebody will walk into your scene wearing the same color as the buildings! Its amazing how that happens, and it happened here with the lady.
Thanks for looking
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jjcordier (76938) 2013-12-29 23:24
Très belle composition pour cette scène typique de la vie cubaine. Bravo pour avoir attendu le passage de la femme à la tenue verte coordonnée aux encadrements des ouvertures du bâtiment.
emka (80866) 2013-12-29 23:38
hello Craig, Nice observation, Indeed, the girl had fitting dress, it was worth waiting for someone to pass by. splendid shot. it is just as i imagine Havana.
Happy New Year
Warm regrads malgo
mirosu (14972) 2013-12-30 0:01
After very long journey and even longer after-journey recovery I’m again able to view and comment all the beautiful TE photographs.
Excellent close-up photo with very nice colors, perfect light, very good clarity. The people add nice life to the scene. The well-chosen tight crop eliminates all unwanted distractions. Well done.
Wish you and your family a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year.
SWISS ALPS ROADS
timecapturer (49288) 2013-12-30 2:25
a fascinating and wonderful Cuban tableau this. Such irresistible textures and real sense of the character and laid back atmosphere of the place. Excellent!
snunney (85621) 2013-12-30 2:45
The lady nicely juxtaposed against the people sitting on the steps makes the composition, at least for me. I like the moody atmosphere and the mix of lighting, which is very well managed. Like you I am getting to include more people in my shots, must be a sign of getting old:-)
adidas5nb (5413) 2013-12-30 4:17
great note to support your candid pic of the daily life of havana.i like the charm of the place and the certain laziness.and do all the houses have this huge doors?
holmertz (42267) 2013-12-30 4:24
I don't know if that woman to the left was beautiful, but in any case her clothes match the surroundings beautifully. I understood this was too good to be a coincidence, so I wasn't surprised to find you had waited for her for an hour or so :-). She was worth it. The two persons sittig in the doorway of what looks like a huge empty room also do their duty to enhance the composition, though they're not as spectacular as the woman in green.
I have a feeling that I would enjoy taking pictures in Havana (in spite of the cars) :-).
All the best,
abmdsudi (44262) 2013-12-30 5:48
Ye oldie cracking image in the old part of Havana with good processing it certainly looks real cool and what matching colours you spotted there, you have good sense of smell! Very nice & neat composition in warm tones, an image with some faded colours, and the architectural style make this place unique and charm, a worthy effort.
Human elements give us more of a flavor and the rough beauty of the place. It's a shame that the country has fallen into such a state, it must have been beautiful at one time. An excellent image showing the decay currently present and still allowing us to realise how beautiful this was once when new and not in disrepair. I also very much like the complementary tones of yellow here - this is how one uses colour in compositions. I think whole colour scheme is priceless and the fading paint makes it a real winner. Congrats.
Sergiom (61982) 2013-12-30 6:12
Tu as su saisir l'essence même de Cuba. Les vieux qui regardent le temps passer, bien assis à l'ombre et la jeune fille très sexy qui leur fait étirer le cou en passant.On voit l'usure du sel de mer sur ces très belles façades.
Kamilutka (8095) 2013-12-30 8:44
I like how you planned this simple scene. The walking girl draws attention and her green outfit matches the walls so beautifully. The sitting guys counterbalance the whole composition. Nice light and very good natural colors - well done.
Thanks for sharing
zoomer (6) 2013-12-30 8:46
Hi,love those old picturesque buildings!Superb colors and composition,from an artistic point of view it would be a shame to restore them.All the best for the new year Otto.
InasiaJones (31498) 2013-12-30 12:04
A street shot that indeed, represents Cuban lifestyle.
The killer detail is of course, that lady wearing a similar colour than her surrounding.
I have been in Cuba 3 times, can't wait to go back there... I don't understand people who only go there for the beaches, not visiting Havana, Santiago or any other towns, with such a vibrant culture and feast for the senses.
Have a Happy New Year!
npecanhuk (66838) 2013-12-30 13:39
Very interesting and attractive architecture & daily life picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, slim black borders, chosen pov and composition are all excellent as usual!
I loved the note as well!
TFS - congrats,
A very happy and prosperous 2014!
tyro (20778) 2013-12-30 16:29
This is a fabulous street scene from your trip to Cuba and you have captured it perfectly with bang-on timing just as that lady in her light green dress was perfectly placed in your viewfinder. I love the people in the open doorway sitting doing nothing but watching the world go by.
A wonderful composition with lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
Have a Wonderful New Year,
worldcitizen (7123) 2013-12-30 16:41
This is very Cuban, and very nice! I commented to my mom how the couple sitting in the doorway reminds me of my grandparents. This is what they would have looked like had they stayed in Cuba. :-) I think the woman in sitting in a rocking chair; they are on almost every porch in Cuba. It's great that the girl passed by in an outfit that matched the peeling paint. For me, this photo holds a lot of meaning. Happy 2014 to you and Tosca!! :-)
Sonata11 (33298) 2013-12-30 18:32
very beautiful composition. Perfectly well done. Love it. Best regards and have a Happy New Year 2014, Barbara
Nicou (124193) 2013-12-31 0:46
Quelle vue et scène cette dame qui passe entre les colonnes et les deux personnages assis sueprbe vu et captage merveilleux.
Bravo et bonne année 2014
Miguel82 (24693) 2013-12-31 6:54
Typical old buildings of Cuba Craig, I like that view with characters and a remarkable architecture to be preserved, authentic scene, have a happy new year 2014!
williewhistler (14697) 2013-12-31 13:05
a simple every day scene it may be but the inclusion of the magic three people perfectly positioned give the scene a great deal of charm and poignancy,all those lovely buildings just crying out for a little TLC.
Happy New Year.
serp2000 (40650) 2013-12-31 14:30
I see you are an island expert too, like me. ))
My last year was marked by few island. And I have begin this year in Sri Lanka too.
Funny title for this scene where is only one active person ;)) Anyway, I like your report from Cuba. This is very interesting country.
Best wishes in 2014!
Romano46 (18466) 2014-01-01 6:30
la tua è una Cuba autentica, quella che può incontrare un qualsiasi viaggiatore che va alla ricerca dello spirito della città dell'Havana, quello di tutti i giorni, delle strade frequentate da una umanità stremata da anni di isolamentoma che nello stesso tempo non rinuncia alla sua immutabile dignità.
I colori sono quelli autentici fatti di facciate scrostate e di indigenza sopportata con rassegnazione.
Hai fatto un eccellente reportage su questa città, ma soprattutto sul clima più autentico di una realtà che credo che presto rimarrà solo un ricordo.
Auguri di un buon 2014.
lousat (78427) 2014-01-01 11:33
Hi Craig,great title for a great pic,nothing to do as usual for the cuban people,but i'm jealous of their rhythm of life,always calm and peaceful....a very nice large view from the heart of Old Habana,with the typical architechtures going to the ruin and the usual great quality.Say goodbye to the man with the donkey of Trinidad...hehe...all the best,Luciano
ChrisJ (100112) 2014-01-02 9:21
It might be run down a little and even a tad decrepit, but it still exudes a delightful if seedy tropical charm. Good sharpness and well framed and composed with excellent shadow detail at right. The people add scale and animate the scene. Have a nice weekend!
divail (8334) 2014-01-02 12:59
Cette photo est bien intéressante et très vivante par les personnages qui l'habitent. Belles couleurs et j'aime les murs défraichis.
Cricri (108037) 2014-01-03 11:35
Très belle composition, cool, relax, dans une belle lumière, sauf les personnes dans l'ombre, vraiment une belle image de vie quotidienne
adores (38184) 2014-01-04 11:29
A good and peaceful daily scene! A couple sitting there, watching life going on outside, a woman passing, a nice building needing some paint... I'm sure there's a lot to see in Havana!
Very good capture, with very good colours!
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (57430)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-12-07
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Pentax K7, Pentax DA 16-50mm f2.8
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/800 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-12-29 22:34