I was hesitant to upload this photo for a long time, thinking most people on TE wouldn't approve of the HDR.
The only way to know for sure is to listen to your reactions :)
This is one of those photos that i knew i wanted to capture even before the plane landed in Havana. It was already in my mind to get these long streets in a tall vertical, and when i got here the options were endless!
Old town Havana is like a square grid, streets criss crossing each other in a repetitive pattern. Many of the streets can only fit 1 car, and sunlight has a hard time penetrating down onto the ground as you see here in this photo. Perhaps it was designed that way on purpose, a way to keep the heat away from the people living here.
Hope you enjoy this view, have a great weekend everyone.
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ACL1978 (7467) 2014-03-29 7:29
Ah, HDR... I think it's a technique that is overly reviled, yet at the same time deserving of everything it gets. What I mean is that it can be done so well, as you so often do, but yet also so poorly; unfortunately it tends toward being used poorly.
Here, I don't see how anyone can have a problem with this usage. You did with it exactly what you're supposed to: adjust the dynamic range to something more akin to what the human eye can accomplish. While I was able to guess that this was an HDR image before reading the note, I did so with appreciation as its use here really works to properly expose the image despite its difficult variation. A really excellent street shot and one that I understand your desire to capture!
holmertz (38579) 2014-03-29 7:34
Your HDR's are different from those of most others. Yours have a slightly improved natural look, while those of most others are so "improved" that they look completely unnatural. Apart from that this looks like a nice and ordinary street with a relaxed atmosphere that i have learned from your earlier pictures to regard as typical of Havana. The houses look possibly less crumbling than in some other streets.
Have a nice weekend,
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-03-29 7:43
I am not big fan of HDR but this one is done in very subtle way just in order to enhance instead of creating picture which doesn't even real. I like the effect which allows to see all the details in perfect light and sharpness. The colors of the houses especially the upper parts are just lovely and make the street scene more cheerful. The presence of the people is not overwhelming but adds interesting human element to the composition.
Well done and thanks for sharing!
dkmurphys (47628) 2014-03-29 8:28
Lovely scene! Well, this is the way our old cities centers look in the communist era. Now they have restored the pavement and the most of the buildings are alive again!
Well taken scene, enjoy a fine weekend.
Noel_Byrne (22092) 2014-03-29 8:35
I know little about HDR and the only thing I ever notice is that it can make some pics look kind of not real, but still beautiful. Your post here is not in any way like that, it looks perfectly natural and very beautiful. I know you mentioned before about the architecture in this fine city, and this is a shining example of its beauty. This has depth, life, color and style. A really cool pic of a very cool place.
You should be getting commission from the Cuban tourist board for your posts here!
All the best
dta (64142) 2014-03-29 8:54
Hello Craig ,
Interesting subject : I'm not sure myself if i like or not strong HDR ;) . In your case , this is not a problem at all , because you use slightly . Here this is fien view of a typical street of La Havana . The only little defect is a certain lack of sharpness .
The cloudy sky is superb .
Didi (55465) 2014-03-29 8:57
Well done for this one
The sky is welle balanced in lights
Good perspective on the street
Subhogen (4065) 2014-03-29 9:19
This is a nice DL shot from the streets of Havana. Looks exactly like a street in the northern part of my city Kolkata. Only difference is that you will have more people on the streets here. Very good shot, I like the nice perspective presented by the rows of houses on both sides and the pavements as well. Expertly done, thanks for sharing.
dip (23528) 2014-03-29 9:28
you captured perfectly this beautiful street scene of Havana,
I like the details both of daily life as of the architecture,
about the pp work,I mean that an image editing with the "HDR" method can make the picture to seem unreal and terrible or amazing,
condition : the maker knows to set boundaries,
Your photo is really wonderful!
Romano46 (16584) 2014-03-29 10:34
non c'è foto scattata all'Avana che non mi piaccia forse per il fascino della stessa città che è stata una meta sempre sognata da tutti.
Rimane in ogni caso sempre la perfezione dei tuoi scatti che rappresentano la città sempre in maniera fedele e ne fa rivivere i momenti.
Tecnicamente poi la tua Pentak ha una definizione impeccabile e una resa del colore superba.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
RhodieIke (11512) 2014-03-29 10:39
This is bang on, the HDR, treatment adds such a fantastic mood and real sense that the people are going to start moving and talking.
pajaran (49602) 2014-03-29 10:56
Interesantan i dobar tekst, lep pogled ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, ostrina, kontrast i perspektiva, lepo pokazan ulica i kuce sa terasama, lepe boje.
Dobra kompozicija, lepo uhvacen trenutak.
Imajte lep dan, sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
Interesting and good lyrics, nice view ...
Good time recording, sharpness, contrast and perspective, well demonstrated streets and houses with terraces, beautiful colors.
Good composition, well captured moment.
Have a nice day, all the best for the weekend, good luck.
worldcitizen (6633) 2014-03-29 10:57
This is daily life perfectly presented. The HDR is fine in this photo; it's subtle. I like the entire view: the buildings, the people, the atmosphere. When you come back to NYC my mom would be happy to meet you - as long as she has a free moment. She babysits for the grandkids, (my niece and nephews), non-stop! :-)
carlo62 (29355) 2014-03-29 12:13
fantastica prospettiva, la profondità è incredibile, una strada caratteristica, con molti elementi da osservare, persone comprese.
photographer_sg (3377) 2014-03-29 12:33
lovely view of the old street framed beautifully. The colours are natural and the details are brought out well to make this a visual treat. Thanks for sharing and have a nice Sunday.
siudzi (32825) 2014-03-29 12:45
You know that I am not a fan of this technique but the subject of your pic looks extremely interesting and nice! These old colorful buildings create an amazing and unique view which I like a lot! Well seen and composed. TFS!
Gigidusud (14001) 2014-03-29 15:36
Great street scene with nice perspective and splendid architecture. I like the HDR effect, the light and the cloudy sky also. Well done!
Have a nice Sunday my friend.
omid266 (3637) 2014-03-29 20:23
** Hi Craig,
Very nice shot from this interesting street with all details like peolple and nice buildings ,
for persons like me who have never traveled to Cuba this is really precious ,
Thanks for sharing and Good Luck in next works,
Have a nice and beautiful day ,
jjcordier (74476) 2014-03-29 22:43
Quand il est bien maîtrisé comme ici, le HDR est une technique qui a tout son intérêt pour ce genre de photo. Très bon résultat pour présenter cette rue typique de La Havane.
Prends-tu à chaque fois plusieurs clichés en bracketing ou réalises-tu trois photos à partir du même raw?
emka (75011) 2014-03-30 0:02
Hi Craig, Indeed, the first thing that comes to me when I see it, is that it is HDR-ish. But after a while I like it very much. Nice colours, superb sharpness and interesting street life. This street looks in quite good stated compared to other ones you showed earlier. And how funny are the small trees (?) on the balconies. Excellent shot, it could be bigger that would allow us to admire more details.
WArm regrad s MAlgo
ikeharel (54087) 2014-03-30 1:07
The slight enhancement by the HDR is no problem at all, Craig, the photo is well made.
DOF and clarity, people that added life to the city view, and the old archi.-design once had its grandeur. All in good taste.
Have a nice sunady,
jhm (136638) 2014-03-30 3:08
I have never troubles with HDR, alone not to overdone, sometimes becomes a picture a lot better, why not!
You choose the most classic angle but also the most beautiful angle this cares for depth and perspective.
Very nice captured and lovely composition, good presentation too.
Sharpness and clarity be superb.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
tyro (19248) 2014-03-30 4:05
Again you have given us a very interesting and informative note about this place - a place with which you have clearly fallen in love! And what a fine photograph too. And, of course, why would anyone not approve of the HDR in this shot anyway? - because you have done it so subtly and expertly that all we can do is admire the photograph - there is none of that horrid garish quality that we so often see in HDR pictures which have been "overcooked".
You have dealt with what must have been strong contrasts here very well and we can see full details in both the deepest shadows and also in the brightest parts of the image. And lots and lots of interesting things and people to look at and examine. Yet hardly an old car in sight!
Gorgeous light and colours, perfect exposure(s) and stunning details and sharpness.
marabu61 (7799) 2014-03-30 4:53
I can't see why this composition wouldn't appeal to the TE community, the HDR has been applied very thoughtfully and is barely visible only to the trained eye. As I said before, you are to me the ultimate expert on the technique and it was grace to you that I had a go in the technique myself.
HDR can be a great way to enhance a scene in difficult light situations, although more often than not one sees the poorly used examples only.
As to the scene, the streets of Havanna are truly fascinating with this old colonial style houses.
have a great sunday
Schnappilic (9686) 2014-03-30 9:50
Congratulations for this superb picture with the real atmosphere of Havana. This is a very good reportage picture. TFS!
adramad (36261) 2014-03-30 12:16
A fantastic scene with this charming street with nice buildings, but today are seen with some deterioration, the presence of people give a good vital touch to the picture, good management of light and shade, with a cloudy sky very photogenic.
An image to enjoy, with its beautiful colorful, good lighting and perfect sharpness.
Have a good start to the week.
saxo042 (37054) 2014-03-30 12:20
The quality of this picture is very good, not too much HDR. A pleasant street scene but I miss those old American cars... I rather enjoy the total emptiness here, no traffic whatsoever. An very attractive picture.
brianmcc (6053) 2014-03-30 14:47
this is stunning. the detail, colours, light, sharpness are all wonderfully produced. your use of HDR is executed perfectly.
PaulVDV (21107) 2014-03-30 19:18
The picture looks very real and natural.
These narrow streets in Havana have the advantage that they're a pedestrian paradise.
I'm a bit surprised by the square grid pattern of the old town. Has the city ever been rebuilt, after a fire or so? Or perhaps Havana isn't that old as I had assumed.
Best regards, Paul
Royaldevon (27495) 2014-03-31 15:19
You may find it surprising but it doesn't really look like HDR.
Well, perhaps I should qualify that and say that is a subtle HDR, the colours are natural and the process has allowed you to get a fine shot when the lighting was not in your favour.
Many HDR shots are very unnatural.
The vertical format and the converging lines give an excellent sense of perspective with a relaxed, daily life feel.
My warm regards,
I have had a real problem trying to critique this shot. The photograph kept disappearing. I have eventually managed it via the Beta version of TE. I hope I haven't picked up a virus! Fingers crossed!
willperrett (6388) 2014-04-01 4:08
I see your hesitation was unwarranted! 60 points and counting ain't a bad return. My six penn'orth, for what it's worth: I've done HDR, and feel that it's got validity if not pushed too far. However most people do push way too far. And I hate the violent look of so much HDR imagery. However this shot doesn't fall into that category. The sky is a bit of a give-away, but the rest of the shot holds up well. I reckon you've just about got away with it!
These days, rather than use HDR, I tend to select the sky, feather the selection by just one pixel, apply Nik Dfine 2 to smooth out the noise (even with my L series lenses it's there in small amounts) and then use Levels and/or Brightness/Contrast to add a tad of definition to any clouds. But that's me...
Back to you! A nice, lively, lived-in street shot. Worth my green smiley!
eldancer1 (26036) 2014-04-01 7:33
Looks like a section of Manila, Philippines, also with old buildings from the Spanish era and architectural influence. Good capture with nice details. The people provided scale. Well done, tfs.
rogerl (1544) 2014-04-01 15:21
Craig, HDR or not, this is a lovely shot, and I agree with the other who have pointed out that this particular HDR shot looks very natural. I can imagine why you were so eager to photograph this kind of street; it makes for such a wonderful image, with the subtle colors on either side and the road fading to infinity. Cuba is definitely on my short list of places I want to go.
jcpix (12508) 2014-04-01 17:09
Hey there Mr. Mac,
How goes it amigo? Well, I think it's safe to say...your angst over the HDR for this shot was unnecessary! :)
Easy to see why you had this planned out well before arriving, and the results don't disappoint. What a super perspective created with the vertical composition, using the length of the street to enhance the impact as it converges in the distance.
The diffused light works to your advantage as well I believe, keeping a smoother balance with the shade and highlights...and those slightly heavy clouds make for some nice contrast.
Technical details aside, it's the people that make this shot. without them it would still be attractive, but obviously lifeless and not carry the same type of atmosphere. It looks busy, but feels kind of quiet..if that makes sense?? Anyway, another beauty fro the streets! Enjoy the rest of the day. Take it easy.
Cheers from South of the border,
krzychu30 (15348) 2014-04-02 0:41
Well my friend,
now this is really brilliant street shot,which for me(even if I´ve never been ther)captures and conveys perfectly this unique "Caribbean" atmosphere and character of the city.It´s not only about the architecture,I have impression this are more the people,who make your shot.
Btw.also your delicate HDR touch helps to create this scene its special feeling and to bring out details even from a darker areas.
Have a nice day
PS2:)-prepare for May Craig!You´ll love Istanbul.Deniz was a great Host and you and Tosca will have certainly have a great time in this amazing city.
mjw364 (7004) 2014-04-04 2:30
Nothing to hesitate about with this one on account of HDR - it's so subtle you can hardly tell.
I like the linear perspective created by the lines which create a sense of depth and there are enough people placed in the FG and MG to provide interest for the eye as it travels through the shot along those lines. The buildings are great as are the colours and the light in the FG upper left creates somewhere for your eye to travel back to after you have looked down the street. Good sky too.
annjackman (18453) 2014-04-04 7:46
I am not always a fan of HDR but I do enjoy the effect that you produce especially with these street scenes. There is wonderful depth to this image with an interesting mixture of the old architecture and people passing the time of day. The pastel colours are superb.
Kind Regards, Ann
Silvio1953 (118187) 2014-04-04 12:42
Ciao Craig, great perspective on beautiful Street, nice composition with a lot of people, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
ChrisJ (95080) 2014-04-05 12:38
Good shadow detail despite the harsh sunlight. Havana as depicted here has a seedy tropical charm to it enhanced by the peeling paint and potholes. Delightful perspective with both sides converging towards the street at the back in full sunlight, with the people adding scale and animating the scene. The muted colors work well too. Tfs!
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (53952)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-12-08
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K7, Pentax DA 16-50mm f2.8
- Exposure: f/5.6
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-03-29 7:14