Don’t get fooled by the title, I’m not really a cigar aficionado but my husband is a bit of one. He loves to smoke an occasional cigar and made it his mission, while we were in Cuba, to purchase some fine Cuban cigars. For my part I was happy to tag along realizing that this was a photo opportunity that wouldn’t come along very often.
The gentleman in these images was more than happy to let me photograph him my only problem was the lack of light. I had to increase my ISO to 3200 to get any decent images and I still had to use a relatively slow shutter speed. While the Canon 7D is pretty good at high ISOs at 3200 there was still too much noise for my liking. My favourite noise reduction software is Topaz DeNoise and once again it came through in spades. You can download a trial version of Topaz DeNoise and you can use the discount code ELPHOTO to get 15% off any Topaz product.
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I came across this scene walking through Old Havana. I don’t believe this gentleman was an official barber but he seemed to be doing a good job.
This young person was biding their time on a small street in Old Havana and today so am I. Tomorrow I head out to Nashville for Imaging USA. I’m very excited and plan to make good use of 3 days of seminars and learning the business of photography.
Have a great weekend everybody and I’ll tell you all about it when I return.
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Thinking of travelling to Cuba. Below are 10 things I learned on my first visit.
- Cuba has 2 currencies. The Cuban Peso (that locals use) and the Convertible Cuban Peso that tourists use and it’s exchange rate is based on that of the U.S. Dollar
- Expect that getting through customs upon arrival into the country will take you about 2 hours.
- Cuban’s are hard-working, kind-hearted and engaging people
- A bottle of Cuban Rum costs the same as a large container of Pringles chips.
- The temperature in the winter months averages in the mid-20s C and the natives find that cold. (although it was close to 30C when I was there in December)
- Cubans still use ration cards for basics such as bread and rice.
- Cubans are cautiously optimistic about the future, especially in light of the announcement that the U.S. will be lifting the embargo, but the younger generation still feel that they may have a better life if they lived abroad.
- Che Guevara is still a hero to many.
- The beaches in Cuba are spectacular (but you probably already knew that). 300 beautifully clean, natural, white sand beaches along 588 km or coastline.
- Cuba is a Photographers dream.
Given my history you didn’t think I could walk by a bicycle and not photograph it…did you? Found in Havana.
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Our Cuba trip was primarily a family vacation. We stayed at a lovely resort in Varadero, The Melia Marina. The resort was connected to the Varadero Marina and at night it sparkled with all the Christmas lights.
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