Author: Paul

That was the heading of one of the paragraphs in this report about the state of camera sales in 2016. It was mentioned, also, that smartphones killed the compact camera market. Thinking back to our photography workshop in Cuba, of course everyone had a “real” camera. Many different brands were represented: Nikon, Canon, Sony, Olympus, Fuji, and Leica. No one did the workshop with their cameraphone, though, based on a couple facts: 1. use of moderately wide angle lenses, 28…

While I was in Cuba, I experimented with a few camera settings and finally settled on some that were outside of my normal settings. Usually, I have the camera set to focus using a button in the back, rather than the shutter release button. This works well for allowing me to focus on something and recompose without refocusing. However, taking pictures of people on the move, perhaps, is significantly different than taking pictures of a landscape, for example. Also, Peter…

About a 3-hour ride west of Havana is a small town called Viñales. Here is where they have good conditions to grow tobacco for some of those famous Cuban cigars! Also, I had an opportunity to ride in an ox cart! I only managed a few pictures along the way because, well, the road was bumpy and it’s rather hard to focus when you’re holding on for dear life with your right hand and swaying to an fro as the…

One day, during our bus ride, the topic of groups by country came up. We were talking to one of our guides, Lisete, and we asked her: Based on your experience as a guide, who are the most stressed out people, by country that you’ve meet. Without hesitation, she said: Americans. This did not surprise me at all. She went on to say that: You know. This is Cuba. Not everything is going to be ready when we think, or…

It was pretty remarkable that our small group of about 22, including guides, had not only 4 birthdays in February, but 4 birthdays in a row and that 3 of the birthdays belonged to the guides plus the bus driver! In the featured picture, you can see Alain, whose birthday was on 2/13, enjoying a sniff of Master’s Selection rum, one of his favorites. He said that he cannot afford it because it’s about $50+/bottle. So, one of the guys…

One morning, a group of us were out early, taking pictures. We happened upon this man who was preparing to out and sell his bread. I stopped to ask him if I could take his picture. He was more than willing. In fact, he grabbed a loaf, held it up, and told me, with that usual Cuban pride and sincerity, that Cuban bread was some of the best bread that you could get. After I finished taking the picture, I…

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