Trinidad is another city in Cuba that we visited, we spent 4 full days in Havana, and 2 full days in Trinidad.
It was s long 6-8hr bus drive from Havana, and I was sitted in the last seat way in the back - right next to the toilet stall! What a view I had! And the smell, even better! haha
As for this photo here, the title says it all.
Have you ever just sat in one spot for a long time, waiting, waiting, waiting, for that perfect person to come into your scene?
I set up here with my camera, paitently sitting on the sidewalk. Occasionally I would pop my head up so I could see over the car to find out who's walking up the road, and to my great fortune a Nun came walking by peacefully and quietly.
She became the Hunted :)
Enjoy your weekend everyone
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jjcordier (72602) 2014-01-24 22:28
Bonjour voisin du jour!
Une étonnante rencontre parfaitement mise en image et un bon titre.Une composition parfaite et une bonne lumière.
emka (72206) 2014-01-24 23:28
Hi Craig, I always read your stories with a smile. I can imagine you sitting next to the toilet and waiting for an interesting view. And the smell is gone but you are rewarded with a fine photo. I wondered what other cities you saw in your trip, rather short to Cuba. Trinidad was the best choice, I suppose. My son visited many places around Cuba several years ago and I saw many photos.
Enjoy your weekend
mirosu (12270) 2014-01-25 0:27
Excellent well composed photo. Excellent combination, the lady and the blue Chevrolet, both made in 50's??
Wish you a very nice weekend.
dta (62348) 2014-01-25 0:36
Hello Craig ,
I like this kind of scene . It could have been the same 50 years ago ! Excellent reaction to compose quickly the picture .
carlo62 (26816) 2014-01-25 0:49
bel colpo, due soggetti molto originali, soprattutto se messi insieme con uno sfondo come questo.
Ottima qualità e bei colori naturali, un occhio sempre molto attento il tuo.
cagla (3910) 2014-01-25 1:49
..and the result is a wonderful shot. It really was worth you waited. I like photos that you can easily guess at first glance where it was taken, and this one of them… The model of the car, the bg old wall all are the obvious signs that this is Cuba, tough we are talking about only two elements. Simple but very strong. Congratulations for the mindful composition. Have a nice weekend.
rbassin (15834) 2014-01-25 1:49
Excellente cette scène, j'aime bien le gros plan sur la carrosserie de la Chevrolet et sa couleur bleue.
krzychu30 (15260) 2014-01-25 2:44
photo opportunity you couldn´t miss and the result is really superb!The scene and the title you gave to it activate our imagination.
Excellently framed and timed scene!
PS.I´ve heard a lot about Trinidad.Glad you spent there 2 days.I´m looking forward for the next photos from there.
Have a nice weekend
abmdsudi (38812) 2014-01-25 3:17
A fine, distinctive shot, it has to be said that this classic Yank car look really impressive timely shot as the nun adds a nice touch to the whole image. Great shot, Congrats and tfs
P/s: With regards to last notes:
Briefly I started from the capital, Urumqi then traveled south visiting many small oasis towns by bus. there's no prob with accommodation as there many Gh and small hotels along the away. But foreigners beware of constant Hammer & 'Sick'le Commie security check in particular when nearing 20km buffer zone high sensitive border towns. Here in Xinjiang even bare walls can speak! You will be tailed unknown to you as what I have experienced! and to reach the location as in the picture I was checked three times with lots of hustle questions and answers thrown in. By the way all photo shots in my gallery is on solo effort, coz I dont mix with holiday. Photo shoot is a serious assignment and as always I am alone except to Tunisia and NYC when I reluctantly mixed with holiday. Glad my family fully understands my passion in photography - which i started in 1969 - probably before you were born! - and as always they give the blessing even to this remote centra asia and thank Allah, I always return back to Singapore safe and sound in one piece! Tx for your interest
timecapturer (44389) 2014-01-25 3:33
this is wonderful. Well worth the wait and artistry personified so to speak. Like you I avoid people in my images, but this series from Cuba has made me think differently, so thanks for yet more inspiration. Cheques in the post. A stunning shot and beautiful presentation. Love it!
Have a great weekend - B.
Subhogen (4063) 2014-01-25 6:13
Nice capture of this moment. Good composition to shoot this good looking vintage car with the respectful nun. It seems both are past there prime but diligently going about their daily chores till date. Good commentary and narrative with the photo. Good presentation. Thanks for sharing.
Sergiom (53733) 2014-01-25 6:29
J'aime beaucoup cette composition car elle raconte une histoire et aussi une réalité très normale de la vie à La Havane.Je n'ai aucun doute que la soeur va s'en tirer.
holmertz (36429) 2014-01-25 7:34
I didn't know you were that kind of bird-watcher ;-). Well, patience pays and you got yourself a nice photo combining a car and human activity (the house doesn't really count this time). Was the bus too so old-fashioned that you could actually open the window, or do Cuban buses have remarkably clean windows?
eldancer1 (24711) 2014-01-25 7:34
Nuns are known for their sacrificies and walking instead of riding in this classic is one of them. Nice capture of those two with good details. Well done, tfs.
willperrett (5642) 2014-01-25 8:22
I know just what you mean about sitting quietly in a spot and waiting for the image to come to you. In fact that is the quintessence of Henri Cartier-Bresson's technique, and when he coined the famous phrase "the decisive moment", he didn't mean the goalkeeper's finger-tip save or the lion just going in for the kill, but as he describes it, the moment when the composition resolves itself in front of your lens. And that is exactly what you've done here: my unreserved congratulations. The comparison with HCB is serious and intended. But you already know about the "real" meaning of the Decisive Moment, as your category choice proves! Great work!
rychem (18819) 2014-01-25 8:28
You photos show the characteristic atmosphere of Cuba. This here is a perfect photo, these old American cars are fascinating, and the nurse is very well placed
saxo042 (36674) 2014-01-25 8:47
A fine combination of "man and machine" or rather "woman and old American car". A fine colour of the Chevrolet, is it a 1954 model?
ktanska (23910) 2014-01-25 9:34
You could say that the nun was the answer for your prayers!
It is a splendid shot with unhurried and old fashioned feeling.
I've sometimes waited for a perfect person. But usually I wait for a train, tram, airplane, or in case of my Australian tour, a boat.
Hanssie (10273) 2014-01-26 1:41
Kamilutka (8085) 2014-01-26 2:36
well it looks like it was worthy to sit and wait patiently since the walking nun put together with this lovely car make very original picture indeed. And of course the very specific walls of Cuba in the background work fantastically as the setting. Great sharpness and colors.
Thanks for sharing
fabbs99 (15675) 2014-01-26 6:50
Superb shot of the nun and the blue car,both hunted down by you.Looking at your images,I have a feeling that Cuba has a great potential to shoot great daily life and mundane shots. Good sharpness and lights .Great work. Congratulations. TFS.
Noel_Byrne (20073) 2014-01-26 7:10
Your patience was rewarded, as this looks like Christine from the Stephen King movie, ready to start the engine and claim another victim. And it doesn't get any cooler than a nun either! Such a cool contrast to have a car possessed by a demon and a nun in the same shot, you don't get to see that every day.
All the best
Silvio1953 (115063) 2014-01-26 9:35
Ciao Craig, fun composition with lovely nun and fantastic car, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
annjackman (17505) 2014-01-26 9:57
So glad that you made it to this amazing place. I was in photography 'heaven' there and posted quite a few on TE. This one is a real gem. I love the juxtaposition of the nun and the old car. An uncomplicated BG with the old wall is just perfect.
Best wishes, Ann
p.s. we had a driver take us from Havana to Trinidad along that wide but almost empty freeway. A guy driving a 1950s car drew up parallel to us, pulled down the window and asked our driver what speed he was doing as his speedometer was broken!
npecanhuk (60132) 2014-01-26 12:57
It was worth to travel in that smelly bus and to sit over there and wait! A very beautiful and fun-looking picture, with superb light, colors and, of course, composition! Perfect title too!
jcpix (11038) 2014-01-27 14:59
So...a side street, a nun, and a car....sounds like the beginning to a joke. :) You know, sometimes it's much more of what we don't do that makes for the best photos. Rather than rushing around in search of the next photo op, stopping to smell the roses pays off even better. Although this may have been planned, your patience and understanding of what works best for a scene/composition like this was undoubtedly worth the wait. Plus, it gave you plenty of time to "air out" from that bus trip. lol
Not only does the nun fill the open space, but she makes for just the right touch of unexpected personage. I'm sure it would have been fine with any 'ol pedestrian in passing, but this capture really takes it up a notch. I'm loving the simple colors here, black.white/blue and a simple range of rustic yellows. Three different elements, one fantastic result! This is really a great shot Mr. Mac, well done sir! Enjoy the rest of your day. Take it easy.
Cheers from down South,
Royaldevon (25884) 2014-01-30 14:05
This is the sort of shot that just cannot be predicted but is magic when it happens.
The nun is so intent, so business-like!
She fits perfectly into the space left by the car, which, to me, looks like the hunter! She appears to be totally unaware that the car is sneaking up on her!
Stephen King watch out!
My warm regards,
ikeharel (51455) 2014-01-31 8:04
Double contrast themes:
Fabulous blue in contrast to brown surrounding, and in another dimension: the lady-nun in white, stride afoot in a hurry with her book on hand's and serious face expression, maybe unease of your presence.
Well caought moment, fine clear image, and sense of a rush, to make one think you almost made her late to prayer...
tatadalou (5641) 2014-01-31 13:00
I've not the same patience as you to wait the right person and the right moment ! This nun looks so small beside the old car. Minimalist composition, good execution.
adores (33912) 2014-02-18 15:55
Great moment! I just love the composition, the colour of the old car and the way you framed it and also the nun that seems to be in a hurry to get somewhere. Very good shot!
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (51348)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-12-10
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: Pentax K7, Pentax DA 16-50mm f2.8
- Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-24 22:10