I couldn’t go to Cuba without a color camera. And I wanted a little bit of zoom, and autofocus so I brought a point-and-shoot camera. On the days when we did get a little sunshine, color was the way to go.
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Even with overcast skies, I couldn’t resist taking a color image of the verdant and beautiful Viñales valley.
Viñales, Cuba. It was unbearably hot even at 10 a.m. and this guajiro worked only for 30 minutes with his machete and a cigar in his mouth. Then he went to tend the livestock and crops for the remainder of the day, pausing only for lunch and to roll another cigar from tobacco he grew and cured.
Taken from a fast-moving car, this man’s look compelled me to keep this less-than-optimal capture. A reflection from my shirt in the window can be seen on the horse’s hindquarter.
There is color everywhere in the world, and sometimes the medium of black-and-white doesn’t do the scene justice.
As interesting as I find textures, the color of this cemetery doorway also called to me.
Autofocus and a large LCD screen to frame my images were indispensable during my vintage car ride and many times along my journey around the island.
Go to Cuba. Make lots of photos.
While color can be fantastic, it is the light, shadow and shapes that I find make an image compelling.
Without a color option in my Leica travel kit, this image wouldn’t have made the grade; I include it here simply because it is so emblematic of the each town I visited along my way.
Another image taken through the car window. Thanks to autofocus and easily variable ISO values, which allowed me to quickly arrange a relatively high shutter speed to stop the action.