Travel Photography: Habana, Cuba – The City
I can only imagine what Havana must have been like in the 30’s-40’s. It must have been one of the most exciting cities on earth. People walking around in the sunshine, smoking a cigar, drinking rum and all that to the sound of amazing music. Now the city’s reality is quite different. There’s not much money to maintain the facilities, and unfortunately, it shows. One very cool thing though is that you can access pretty much all the roof tops… try that in NewYork City. And here’s one. They use it to store their stuff, grow some plants and …. install their TV antenna to get access to satellite TV.
Here are a few of the shots I took in Hanava of the buildings and environment:
ISO 200 | f/8.0 | 1/180 | 35mm
Action used: Ellie’s Field of Dreams, Fusion Photoshop Action set
Here’s another roof top, taken at 5am when the sun is rising. You can see the nice orange color of the sun rising in the back. We had to go through a spiral staircase to access the roof top. The stair was welded at the ground floor but…. the rest was held in place using phone cables wrapped around the handrail and attach to the building. Pretty scary when you’re 225 lbs. and carrying your camera gear 🙂
ISO 800 | f/5.6 | 1/120 | 30mm
Action: Urban Revival, Fusion Photoshop Action set
Would you send your kids to this swimming pool? Actually it was empty. In the winter the Cubans won’t swim, the water being too cold. That didn’t prevent me from climbing up the ladder to get a great view of the city.
ISO 200 | f/2.8 | 1/6000 | 32mm
Action: Slumber Party, Fusion Photoshop Action set
This last one is more of a sentimental one for me. It’s the main lobby of what use to be the Bank of Montreal. It’s an absolutely gorgeous building that no longer serves any purpose. The view from above simply extraordinary, just be careful on your way up the stairs, they are slowly crumbling away.
(9 Exposures) ISO 400 | f/11 | [email protected] | 16mm
Action: Sentimental (+ HDR), Fusion Photoshop Action set
I appreciate the spectacle of nature and revel in the creativity of technology. Being a photographer, in many ways, combines these two fascinations. See me at www.danielhurtubise.com or email me at [email protected].