I feel I could post photos of downtown Havana everyday for the next couple of months.
Spending 4 days in the city and we got so many photos, imagine local photographers, or photographers who travel here and spend weeks!
This is one of those photos that once again typifies the daily life in the city, lots of locals outside, lots of locals just hanging out.
Sometimes you'll find people being very animated and very loud, sometimes you'll find people looking a bit bored - just as this girl on the left is looking.
Without the internet being available to the public as it is in most countries around the world, and the lack of computers and other gadgets, the people of Havana are more inclined to spend their time OUTSIDE and engage with others. Maybe we could all learn from that...as long as we get access to our TE once in a while :)
The architecture is beautiful, even now in the rugged condition its in. Its fun to try to imagine how this same street corner looked decades ago!
Hope you like this HDR shot.
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holmertz (47100) 2014-01-11 1:17
Incredible that there still are places on earth where people can't upgrade their Facebook status every 5 minutes. How terrible. I like this picture showing people just sitting, or just talking to each other, not a single one walking down the street with eyes fixed at the mobile phone. A quiet and pleasant atmosphere among these houses still looking beautiful despite the lack of maintenance. The fine colours and modest HDR treatment are other reasons for liking it.
Have a fine weekend.
danos (92602) 2014-01-11 1:23
one more nice snapshot from downtown Havana with the houses to looks to are abandon and the people to sit spending their day with this way.
The sitting youngs on the left looks to aren't natives but the others on the right are.I like the light and the colour management of the scene and i wonder why with your wide lens don't present the whole buildings in your photos.
Have a good weekend,Danos
Noel_Byrne (28162) 2014-01-11 1:35
I seen a comment recently about technology, the more we become connected the further apart we become, and it is true. Now every day I see hoards of smart phone zombies roaming the streets, tapping away every moment and ignoring the real world. I would like to think that a scene as the one you present here is a world where the art of conversation still flourishes and people do actually see each other in something more than just updates and selfies. Haha, sorry bit of a rant there!
It is a fine shot, I love the architecture as you do and see it as quite grand and impressive despite it's decay and the people in the scene makes out a brilliant urban capture from this most unique place.
thanks as always
Kamilutka (8105) 2014-01-11 1:40
nice note and reminds me of the surprise when I found out that also in China Facebook, Twitter or Youtube are banned. After few days I forgot that they exist and it sopped being a problem. And it is true that then people tend to socialize more.
Well captured photo with people being engrossed in their daily activities even if it is just sitting at the corner of the street. Superb light and colors.
Have a nice weekend
snunney (92542) 2014-01-11 1:43
A very well presented daily life composition full of interest. Cleverly cropped to produce an interesting juxtaposition between the two groups of people. The wrought iron railings around the window level are really quite delightful. I wish you a pleasant weekend.
Cricri (113605) 2014-01-11 1:50
Belle scène de vie au quotidien, l'angle prise du bâtiment souvent des façades très peu entretenues, ou celui ci est abandonné !!! bonne lumière et qualité d'image
npecanhuk (72044) 2014-01-11 3:14
It seems that people are always doing nothing... was it a week-end! Everything looks always so relaxed... not in a big city!
Something else also catches my attention: that couple on the left looks like tourists and by the colors of the man's shirt, they could be brazilian!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, pp, slim black borders, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
Enjoy your week-end,
annjackman (21360) 2014-01-11 4:05
I also enjoyed watching the outdoor life in Cuban towns. The façade is old and deteriorating which adds to the charm of the picture. I like the two groups of people with just one lady crossing the road. I am getting used to HDR but often wonder what a straight processing would do to the same image. Perhaps I should try some HDR myself.
A super street corner showing local life.
Best wishes, Ann
BennyV (15017) 2014-01-11 4:15
Good picture and a good point made in your note and title.
We spent some time in old Havana in the early nineties, way back in the days before Internet. I wonder if knowing there is something like Internet, makes people more bored. I guess that's true for (some) tourists, but not for the Habaneros.
Personally, when we travel, we make a point of not going on-line, even if it's for 6 weeks or so. It's quite a healthy thing to do, actually. With so many people travelling with laptops and tablets and whatever, it becomes more and more difficult, but we persist, and if we miss out on a particular hotel room because of it, so be it!
But I don't want to moan about the Internet too much, especially not...on the Internet.
A thought-provoking post.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-01-11 4:24
looks like a film set this, and I suppose that is what makes it all the more interesting and beautifully compelling. So much detail and character here and all brought together so perfectly in this well thought through composition. A simple life and a lesson to us all I think. Love it!
Have a great weekend - B.
UlfE (14641) 2014-01-11 5:23
Brilliant photo of daily life in Havana. A useful reminder that you could do quite well without being constantly connected to the internet and that it is possible to socialize with other people also in real life. Nowadays, most of us become quite annoyed without internet access. I understand very well that it is tempting to take a large number phots of these unique environments. I also think this is the right thing to do, because I believe they may disappear very quickly. Exquisite HDR job. You have used it in the best way. The scene looks very natural and I guess that most people do not even see that it is a HDR. TFS and have a nice weekend!
P.S. I have taken a look at your photos from Iceland and notes that you must have had unusually good weather during your ten-day visit. This resulted in a great number of very nice and exceptionally good photos.
Sergiom (70616) 2014-01-11 5:28
Comme toujours à Cuba, la vie se passe dans les rues. Une recherche constante des coins à l'ombre et des courants d'air. Une vie pas toujours facile avec peu de moyens mais avec le sourire et la générosité.Ici, la galerie en fer forgé est une oeuvre d'art.
robmal (2018) 2014-01-11 5:33
This is a fantastic daily life shot with interesting message in the title, your HDR photos are excellent, congratulations.
Fis2 (92169) 2014-01-11 6:19
Curious corner, curious scene.
I like frame and colors.
Have a nice day
krzychu30 (15510) 2014-01-11 7:01
you´re right-looks like a paradise for street photographers.I took many pictures of that kind in Valletta,but none of them can compare with the mood and charm of Havana.I think also the architecture hasn´t lost anything from its charm as the years go.Quite the opposite!
Brilliant street scene!
Have a nice weekend
photographer_sg (4412) 2014-01-11 8:17
Beautiful place depicted in your photograph. A place where you would just love to be and soak in the atmosphere. lovely colours and the people very well positioned in the frame. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.
Romano46 (18472) 2014-01-11 10:00
questa è più bella della precedente: una rappresentazione perfetta della vita nella città cubana, tra palazzi dall'aspetto dimesso, colori stinti e vita di tutti i giorni.
Il formato quadrato ci sta a meraviglia, così come la presenza umana che sembra recitare la commedia della vita.
Una bella cattura.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
rbassin (21032) 2014-01-11 12:20
une scène de rue simple, bien cadrée avec le bâtiment d'angle; les personnes sont dans la rue, dans l'attente du temps qui passe.
lousat (85018) 2014-01-11 15:00
Hi Craig,it's nice to see that in some part of the world there aren't a lot of zombies on the street watching only its i-phone or smartphone and not the people around,a beautiful capture with a precious work in PP,i think a light HDR,very well done! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
divail (8334) 2014-01-11 19:13
Encore une magnifique photo de la Havane. J'ai une amie qui y a été l'année dernière et j'ai réalisé que c'est une très belle ville. Il faut s'éloigner des plages pour découvrir le vrai visage de Cuba. La lumière est magnifique.
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-01-11 22:20
Hello Craig - The beauty of this shot lies in the subtle colours and finely captured architectural detailing, there is so much to enjoy here. And the people.... they add to the narrative. Nicely managed PP work. Warm regards Rosemary
jjcordier (79289) 2014-01-11 22:46
Belle scène de vie paisible dans les rues de La Havane. Bonne composition d'image avec ces personnages (peut-être pas tous cubains?) placés de chaque côté, devant ces bâtiments typiques plus ou moins bien entretenus.
Graal (101108) 2014-01-11 23:42
nice series from Cuba. Interesting reportage about the daily life and presentation of architecture. Fine result of HDR pp. Photo is very well done.
Have a nice Sunday.
SWEETFREEDOM (24104) 2014-01-12 0:59
another interesting daily life picture, i like colors and building's facades as well.
Royaldevon (34735) 2014-01-12 3:12
This is a wonderful, daily life shot which captures not only the crumbling architecture but, also, the mood of the people who live here. I feel to be there! It feels like at any moment the people are going to come to life and sing about their aspirations, their lack of opportunity ... very West Side Storyish!
A very well composed shot, the corner of the building right on the thirds line, with two possible investigative lines. The details are clear and the colours nicely saturated.
Have a lovely Sunday,
sandpiper (6788) 2014-01-12 3:21
Go outside and mingle with other people, what are you thinking man, LOL. Yes we could all learn from this scene. I just a week in Bangkok and the first think you notice is the lack of children, even in parks with lots of play equipment, only one or two kids on a Saturday.
Great composition, love the sepia tones and bits of colour.
CLODO (33014) 2014-01-12 4:24
I really appreciate this everyday street scene mixing people in their (decayed) environnement.
Your note makes me think of an Albert Einstein thought: "I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots!"
It is there except maybe in Cuba!
PaulVDV (25589) 2014-01-12 5:16
Great country, Cubans are still aware of their surroundings and not only of a smart phone!
In no other city in the world you can see so much past glory, so many decaying facades. But I heard once that nowhere else in the world you can find such brilliant courtyards behind the old facades and that many houses in Havana have magnificent old furniture.
Is that so ?
Best regards, Paul
rigoletto (34279) 2014-01-12 6:03
salut craig. square format is nice isn't it? :) i like the lace-like textures of rusty paint popping out with your pp, and i still gape with awe upon seeing the similarities of these streets with the back streets of istanbul. even on a nice may afternoon, you can see such lazy people sitting and chatting on pavements.
adramad (42015) 2014-01-12 7:32
The composition is fabulous and splendidly captures the spirit of neglect in homes and lack of interest in people, perhaps also of illusions .... my gives me some grief.
A colorful perfect very natural.
A bright image with optimum clarity.
Very well done. Love the POV.
Enjoy good Sunday afternoon.
marabu61 (9945) 2014-01-12 13:29
OH yes, what to do without the ever present Internet indeed? It is almost impossible for us spoilt city slickers to imagine that there are still places where life goes on without all the modern commodities of ours.
The girl does look pretty bored I reckon and I wonder how live on Cuba really is for the locals. While we enjoy the pretty scenery and the shabby chic of Havanna, they have to live in it day by day. But then on the other hand, I wonder sometimes if they are not happier than us. We have become to much of slaves to our computers and smartphones that the real world around us is disappearing in a sort.
have a great time
worldcitizen (7890) 2014-01-12 18:20
Ah...a simpler way of life. It's a shame we can't strike a balance between the new and the old. I love the atmosphere in this photo - the bored woman sitting near the curb, the ironwork on the building, the old doors. I'm curious, did you stay in Old Havana and the usual tourists areas during your visit, or did you venture to some outlying parts of the city as well?
Silvio1953 (133778) 2014-01-14 5:34
Ciao Craig, lovely daily life composition with a lot of people, excellnice scene, splendid light and wonderful warm colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
emka (89373) 2014-01-14 13:25
Hello, From your Cuban shots i like this one most. Lovely colour of the old walls, subtle HDR and marvelous lace-like ironwork. and Deniz is right, similar scenes you can see in old istanbul, the people just sitting on the pavement doing nothing. But the three on the left look like tourists, anyway, they do not talk to each other, look like bored. and what is the guy in green shirt looking at? The guys on the right look like locals.
As to Internet, it is great help in travelling. Real disaster when there is no connection. My first long trips were without using it, but now it is much easier and effective. And mobiles are also great . I remember that sometimes I had no contact with the family during all my journey. Then I was afraid to come back. And there were announcements in radio - someone travelling in .... is asked to come home in urgent family matter.. Technology is great thing but as everything is often abused.
Warm regrads Malgo
delpeoples (56014) 2014-01-14 19:09
A great shot of daily life, one where the subtle HDR works remarkably well and illuminates the image beautifully. You also make an interesting point in your note, where the lack of internet forces people to be social in a real face to face way. I always remember the comedian Billy Connolly saying that the internet is for people that he wouldn't speak to in a bar. Hehehe, but I think I'd always speak to you and the other TE'ers if I saw you in a bar ;)
Thanks for sharing, have a great day, night, whatever it is over there
ikeharel (65205) 2014-01-15 7:34
Anothr beautiful take on a corner in Havana, Craig.
Youngsters sit and marking time with a small talk, while others stroll by on easy pace.
Fine taken the view, clarity and light well rendered.
Stunning architecture on higher floor on the building in front, iron railings most attractive sight.
RhodieIke (11744) 2014-01-15 13:43
Love the local street scene's as you have captured and managed well. You can suss a lot from a photo like this of people in their domain and the architecture. See you have been travelling the world and have some great shots.
carlo62 (41265) 2014-01-15 15:45
la foto è molto bella e caratteristica, un tuffo indietro di molti anni confrontando le nostre realtà.
Ma non sono così convinto che così sia migliore, del resto, anche in questo momento, io mi sto confrontando con te e con gli altri amici di tutto il mondo, impensabile fino a pochi anni fa.
Certo, il rapporto diretto ha i suoi vantaggi, per questo occorrerebbero entrambe le cose, am questo sta a noi stessi, dobbiamo trovare il modo di fare un po' di tutto.
bona (13636) 2014-01-22 7:31
amazing how they live without internet. But I was thinking that till 1998 I don't have a mobile but now I don't live without one. I like the rich details on thewall of the up floor of this building. Nice inclusion of people on thier dialy life not bothering with you taking photos.
have a nice day.
tatadalou (7305) 2014-01-23 14:36
I really like your composition, with all the people living taking their time outside. I feel a sort of indolence in the attitude of all these people. Nice chromatic range.
COSTANTINO (61415) 2014-01-26 9:38
one shot one thousand words
one title that describes
in a few words a different
way of life
no more comments
have a nice new weeCostantino
adores (42267) 2014-01-27 17:06
I believe they find lots of things to do instead of using internet! The streets seem really interesting and full of life. I like the composition and the HDR is not much evident!
Miguel82 (27024) 2014-12-17 9:18
Fine illustration Craig, it shows La Havana daily life, no internet so the population likes to talk in the street or use phones
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (63172)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-12-08
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K7, Pentax DA 16-50mm f2.8
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-11 0:55