Cuba a Photographer"s Paradise - Out with a FujiFilm x-E1
Updated: Nov 10, 2019
Good Day from crow's-eye in Southsea. Ian Crowson Photography in Cuba with a FujiFilm X-E1 I share some travel advice and images of Cuba.
The Caribbean, but Cuba is a very different island.
The revolution on the Caribbean Island in 1959 ousted the US influences and left a legacy of vintage American cars, a slower pace of life and crumbling Spanish Colonial style buildings. These are coupled with very friendly people and a safe atmosphere.
We spent three weeks exploring this paradise for photographers. I used a FujiFilm X-E1 with the 18-55mm f2.8 to f4 with image stabilisation. This is a great little camera, small and discreet with great picture quality. It has an electronic viewfinder, interchangeable lenses and enough pixels from the 16 MP sensor to achieve largish prints. The latest X-E3 model will be even better.
I shot my best selling image on Almany's stock site of Havana's El Capitolio building with this camera.
My wife Glynis used her Canon PowerShot G12 Digital Camera, and got some fabulous images.
My view is that for street and travel images a small handy camera wins hand down.
I Iike to snap people going about their work and play. Cubans are fine about photography, even pleased to be snapped.
Try the same technique in Morocco with caution. I was chased down a street there by an angry man who just happened to be in the scene I was photographing.
This Cobbler was working away on a street in Havana.
I did ask to take his photo and waited until he carried on working, repairing a trainer the average UK citizen would have thrown away.
He mended the stitches on my loafer and asked for next to nothing.
We never felt threatened on the streets in Havana.
Leaving our hotel was a bit like running a cordon. Every man and his dog seemed to want to sell a product or service. A friendly wave and shake of head and they left us alone.
Photographers should get to Cuba as soon as possible.
Cruise ships are now allowed to visit the Island and all the character may lost. Injecting maybe six thousand extra tourists in into the small area of Old Havana for the day may be good for the local economy but not for those looking a look inside a very special Country.
Bye from crow's-eye,
Ian Crowson Photography of Southsea