This is one of my personal favorite photos I came back with from Cuba, and one that i was hoping to find.
There's something so "Cuban" about kids playing baseball in the streets.
Here we have a teenager standing in the middle of a busy intersection, with his baseball glove, waiting for the other players (out of frame to the right) to pitch and hit the ball in his direction.
Its the boys job to yell out and tell everyone else he's playing with that its safe, there's no cars coming...so pitch it!
Watching them play for a few minutes was entertaining to say the least! There were a couple of close calls with the ball hitting passing cars, but overall they seemed to co-ordinate it fairly well.
Amazing to see them playing in the streets, especially with the cool looking architecture in the bg. What you see here is very typical of the buildings in Havana. Crumbling, in dire need of repair, but people still living in them - as you can see there's a man out on his balcony.
I've added a couple of WS photos, one that is zoomed in closer, but I posted this as the main photo just to show you the entire scene with the streets and the building.
Hope you like it
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krzychu30 (15510) 2014-01-02 1:22
Havana looks like a place where it´s really hard to part with a camera.Photo opportunity on every corner.
It´s amazing how beautiful and picturesque are these devastated buildings.Definitely have its own,unique charm.
Superb composition and well conveyed atmosphere of this place!
Have a nice day
rigoletto (34269) 2014-01-02 1:42
hi craig. all three photos are nice street scenes with cosy atmospheres and soft light. the streets are surprizingly empty, it looks like a place where only 2 people live in 1 sq km.s. old houses look photogenic indeed. happy 2014!
dkmurphys (50408) 2014-01-02 1:56
Truly picturesque scene. It's like here where the kids play soccer everywhere...I guess the difference lies in the fact that in Europe there are more facilities than in a poor country like Cuba...anyway, good for them to keep in shape!
carlo62 (35272) 2014-01-02 2:01
fantastica facciata e splendida composizione, molto bella anche nella versione con l'auto, ma questa è più originale.
Uno spaccato di Cuba molto veritiero, la facciata è un insieme di particolari da osservare, dalle porte tutte diverse, alle varie sfumature di colore, ai fili dell'elettricità che sbucano ovunque.
Buona giornata e buon 2014
SWEETFREEDOM (22962) 2014-01-02 2:15
you are right, this picture is very nice, i like those buildings in bg in need to be repaired. great daily life shot.
snunney (86452) 2014-01-02 2:40
A risky spot for baseball but boys will be boys! I like the juxtaposition between the lad in the middle of the road and the girl walking nonchalantly in the background. Even more so, that wonderful dilapidated building with its great mix of tones and textures.
holmertz (42799) 2014-01-02 3:10
This is really the kind of photos that I like, the combination of human presence and the environment (it doesn't have to be about packing as many people as possible into the picture). This tells us so much about life in Cuba. With few differences this could be from Calcutta or anywhere in India, crumbling buildings and kids playing in the street, just that in India it would be cricket. For most Europeans there's not much difference between the games anyway.
Have a nice 2014.
jhm (141273) 2014-01-02 3:36
The façade in background shows perfect the structure of the Cubans government we see a lot poverty.
Marvellous light and superb clarity as usual.
Thanks for sharing and wish you a Healthy 2014 as well.
mohammad_H (9548) 2014-01-02 3:38
خانه قدیمی، و جوان ورزشکار
زیبا و جالب
خطر برخورد با اتومبیل ،اما اشتیاق برای بازی،
mesutilgim (86660) 2014-01-02 3:59
Hello dear Craig,
Interesting capture from elder part of Havana with quite interesting details.
Nice the simple airconditioning holes above the Windows.
Of course the baseballer adds life to the scenery.
TFS and all the best for the New year
Sergiom (62910) 2014-01-02 5:06
Même si il y a beaucoup de travail de fait sur les devantures de maisons cubaines, il en reste encore beaucoup a faire. Mais cela donne par contre de la belle photographie avec de belles textures et couleurs.
jacquest (18831) 2014-01-02 5:21
Amazing indeed and unthinkable in our cities. The building is also quite interesting with it's old walls and their uneven texture and the lack of uniformity in the fenestration.
Best regards and Happy New Year.
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-01-02 7:56
these walls are really picturesque and indeed can make a good photo just by themselves, however cleverly placed people make the whole composition decidedly more attractive. Love the colors and the structure of the building.
Thanks for sharing
Nicou (125150) 2014-01-02 8:35
quel rendu et iamge de cette façade en trois plans sueprbe vue et ce personnage sur la place qui nous regarde quelle compo sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
saxo042 (37594) 2014-01-02 8:42
A very fine street scene with this old building. The few colours are in a very fine harmony together and the few persons add life. A very interesting picture, from a place I am not likely to ever visit. Did you hear some good music here!
dta (68832) 2014-01-02 8:48
Hello Craig ,
I could write the same comment than Gert : I like especially the mix of street scene and architecture . Even the people are a little too far ,so I like the WS 2 too . And the view with the old car is not bad at all . The old decrepit buildings of La Havana have a lot of charm . On the other hand , I'm not sure about their confort ...
ikeharel (59569) 2014-01-02 8:56
The datk-pink tone, old plaster painted building, has perfectly shown the daily scene on this town.
Impressive taken shot, the number of youngsters on the street added life to the whole.
(though I can't be sure about the age of the man in blue...).
Fine collected the street view, my cong.s'.
Noel_Byrne (25730) 2014-01-02 9:17
I can see why you wanted to capture this, its a brilliant scene. Not only the kids playing ball, but the buildings! Its like a big concrete patchwork quilt. It may be in need of repair, but its a brilliant looking structure, I really love its design. Great workshops too, really like the one with the big imposing black car coming into the scene to break up the game, reminds me playing ball on the street when I was a kid!
Thanks as always
Didi (57724) 2014-01-02 9:49
Good frame quality on this old building
But Ig I was thgere I 'll make a stitch of several picture to try to have the complete building
Best wishes for 2014
npecanhuk (67464) 2014-01-02 16:37
Another interesting, attractive and informative picture of the streets of Cuba!
The decaying façades and the presence of those people here and there were so beautifully captured by you!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, slim black borders, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
worldcitizen (7207) 2014-01-02 17:17
Another great Cuba photo! I really like the building in the background. It has so many different windows, and different patches of paint. I even see some actual brick in there. The random people are great, too. I really like this one. :-)
jjcordier (77448) 2014-01-02 22:14
Trois bonnes photos de ce terrain de jeux inédit. L'arrière-plan de façades défraîchies est évidemment des plus intéressants.
Subhogen (4065) 2014-01-03 5:52
Excellent daily life shot of these kids playing on the street. But the star in your 3 shots is the worn out building. That is the reason I like the 1st WS photo the most..It captures more details of this old but beautiful building and the facial expression on the young player who is bored of waiting in the outfield. Thanks for sharing a nice series of daily life shots.
SnapRJW (31617) 2014-01-03 21:33
Hello Craig - This is a shot that would really benefit from being posted in a larger size, it's really only when you look at the WS uploads that the fabulous fine details come to life. A wonderful patchwork of textures and colour where the figures add narrative to the old facades. To me, the first WS shot is excellent as the crop allows the detail of the facade to be fully enjoyed. Warm regards Rosemary
jurek1951 (42160) 2014-01-04 0:55
a fascinating atmosphere with attractive composition and lovely details, superb lights and colours,
jcpix (13716) 2014-01-04 21:27
Man, you've posted some incredible shots from this trip, and this one out of the bunch is my favorite so far. As a baseball nut, and knowing how big it is there in Cuba, this brings a smile to my face. Aside from the vintage cars, this is the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of this country.
This has such a nostalgic attraction for me. Although I was fortunate enough to generally find a ballpark to play on, seeing this boy in the middle of the street gives a strong sense of the enthusiasm and love for the game...play anywhere you can at any time you can! It's also very telling of the living conditions and social impact.
From a photog's standpoint though, there must be never-ending opportunities for these decaying and characteristic old buildings...I bet your girlfriend had to tear you away at times. :) I would love to visit myself, but...you know!? :o
Love the WS pics too, these all turned out really well. Can't wait for the next. Play ball!
Take it easy. Cheers from Az.,
adramad (39150) 2014-01-05 15:19
A superb composition, showing the reality of this city, with this showing us the great deterioration of the facade, which provides an outstanding graphics, with all that amount of doors and windows, the few people we see on the street, get a vital touch to the composition.
A colorful perfect very natural.
The image is very bright and has a good sharpness.
I wish you a good weekend.
Best Regards ..
fabbs99 (16783) 2014-01-06 18:25
Baseball Cuban Style must be really very interesting with the old buildings in the BG.Great colors and sharpness.Very well done.Keep sharing.
kwekwekan (1078) 2014-01-10 18:25
An informative picture that gives us a great sense of daily life in Havana - reminds me of kids playing hockey out on the street here in Canada. I guess yelling 'car' is universal! I like the young man's pose, though if his glove were outstretched it would easier to identify the image as a baseball scene. Nonetheless, great shot with a nice backdrop of Havana's beautiful architecture.
PS - I scanned through the other comments after writing this critique and was happy to see other comparisons to soccer and cricket.
Angshu (56190) 2014-01-13 4:56
Loved the shots...all 3 of them.
Baseball is 'hot' in 3 - 4 countries, Cuba being one of them..In the same way Cricket as a game is 'hot' in 8-9 countries & India is one of them..in fact in India, I would not be exagerrating if I say Cricket is the 'hottest' game played and one which whips frenzy & madness (paradoxical for a game which started out being a docile game for gentlemen).
So we see scenes like these pretty often in the streets of India, in big cities & small cities..in hot season & in rainy season... I can therefore 'feel the pulse' of this shot of yours even more!
The only difference with India is the lack of people on the streets, as Deniz points out..otherwise the feverish excitement is the same..
Fine street shots mate!
adores (38697) 2014-01-14 14:06
Another good shot, with the old architecture and the locals around. So much to see here, the details are great. The other one with the car passing is very good.
COSTANTINO (57275) 2014-03-10 11:21
Hello dear friend
I visited your gallery tonight and I rememberd
again my journey to Cuba 12 years ago
this shot brought memories into my mind
because still people live into those
old houses a different way of living
with teenagers play in the streets
have a nice new day
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (57848)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-12-07
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K7, Pentax DA 16-50mm f2.8
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-02 1:07