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Street Photography Guide in Centro Havana (Cuba)

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Street Photography Guide in Centro Havana (Cuba)
Cuba is often crown as one of the most photogenic cities for street photography lovers. I’m sure you have all come across the extensive work on this magical place by famous Magnum photographers such as David Alan Harvey, Alex Webb, Elliott Erwitt…etc. No difference to those of you who are inspired by and are curious of this place, I decided to pack my bag one day and off I went on an almost 30 hours journey to Havana.

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I had a lot of fantasies about this place before I actually arrived at the airport. My head kept replaying some of the scenes I saw from movies and Instagram. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but certain for one thing – to try live with the vibe and capture something that represents the Latin America colours.

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One Step in and You Enter a Different World
You don’t have to wait till you land at the José Martí International Airport to feel that you are officially separated from your family, friends and loved ones (if you’re not traveling with them). Everything in Havana exists as if time has frozen. Highly restricted internet access is probably the first and most significant hit you would get on your first day but to be honest, I actually grew to enjoy time with no instant messages and social media towards the end of my trip, it made me appreciate the time and attention for quality conversations with my traveling partner and the new friends I met.

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You know those vintage cars that you see in the opening scene of Fast and Furious 8? Well, they are literally everywhere. They are also known as ‘almendrones’, a popular means of local transportation. If you are feeling touristy, there are car tours that you can sign up so you get to enjoy the sun and breeze while zooming through the allies and lanes of Havana.

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Gas-station-men-entering-vintage-vehicle-in-centro-havana-cuba-summicron-35-leica-m10-street-photography-guide-travel-tipsVintage Vehicles, Havana Cuba (Leica M10 (Left) (Leica MP Agfa Vista 400 (Right top and bottom)
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One point to note, its vibes during the day and at the night are very different, I still remember vividly the moments when I stepped out of the airport arrival hall to when I was greeted by my first hostel owner, I was in this super intense yet excited mode the whole time; these mysterious scenes and landscapes hidden in the dark corners and shadows were constantly challenging my visual perceptions.

Navigating your way in the offline world
I love unplanned trips and city explorations but one thing that I can’t live without here is to have a map that orientates me to this new surrounding. Language barrier is one thing and there are too many split roads and back lanes that branches off the main streets, you can get lost very easily! Also, the meet up points for collective taxis are dispersed around the city, the map always comes in handy when you ask for direction, at least there’s something that the locals can point to!

Maps.me was my lifesafer, download it in advance. This app has a library of maps that covers other parts of Cuba and continents. Anyway, when in doubt, follow the main road, it’ll eventually take you to the city centre.

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A Natural Street Photography Heaven
Every corner and person, each sunshade and moment,  anything that came into my eye insights had my attention. The ever changing sceneries made it challenging to decide what I want to focus on, so I strongly recommend you to have a careful think about this and have a list ready, so that you don’t get too carried away with the buzz that goes on around you.

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Some might think it’s easy to capture unique shots in Cuba but in fact everything is so typical that it looks as if it is staged: that perfect natural sunbeam and warm bouncing sidelights against the colorful walls and people, you’ll need some creativity on composition to add your signature to the photo. If you’re truly into street photography, I challenge you to take this extra step and visit other towns and neighborhoods located on the South East of Cuba, you may unveil more surprises. I personally like Trinidad a lot more than Havana, I wil explain the reasons in another post.

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Suggested map
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Suggested spots

  1. Malecon
  2. Calle M Area
  3. Avenida de los Presidentes Main Road
  4. Monumento al General Antonio Maceo (Cross section)
front-view-of-Che-Guevara-Mausoleum-in-centro-havana-cuba-travel-photography-guide-street-trip-scenic-attractionsPlaza de la Revolucion, Havana Cuba (Leica Summilux 35/1.4 asph with Agfa Vista 400)
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Street photography tips in Havana

  1. People in Havana are more alert than other parts of the country, so you either do it quick or you make an effort to communicate with your subject so that they don’t feel ambush and less of a shock. This will also avoid you being asked for money after you pressed the shutter.
  2. Don’t get me wrong, Cuban people are kind but just stay alert to those who act overly generous, in case they have their eyes on your money instead. And for those who offer you restaurant suggestions, make sure it is the place that you want to go and not been forced into, the locals get commissions for bringing in customers.
  3. Sunglasses are the go-to neutral density filter (even better than your camera viewfinder!) And it saves you from the harsh highlight from the sun and gives you a better idea on composition.
  4. Always wear comfortable shoes. I walked an average of 25,000 steps each day and I have to lift my legs up for better circulation and reduce swelling when I go to sleep at night.
  5. Follow the light and the main road to the Malecon, there is always something interesting to capture.
  6. Bring a few more spare batteries, unlike other cities there is no way you can find a spare battery that could fit into your cameras.
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Money Exchange
There is an auto money exchange machine at the arrival hall of the Havana airport. But I also did some exchange at the banks in the city center. The best way is to ask your Casa owner for advice, it does take some time to familiarize yourself with the money system and the way they work.

Wifi Card
This is essential for you to keep in contact with your families and friends and of course for sharing your amazing photos on social media. Usually the wifi cards are available for sale at the park, you can get 1hr, 2hrs and 5hrs card. I would suggest you getting the longest hour option so you can go without wasting another hour in the queue. I was very conscious with the time limit, I have my eyes on the watch regularly and spend less than 20 minutes online each day. From my experience, 10am is the best queueing time because the sun isn’t too bright and there should be plenty of stocks. Look for the end of the queue when you get there, give a head nod to the person before you so the he acknowledges that you’re behind him, then you’re free to move around the area. When it’s almost your turn, just join the queue again.

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TAHUSA Recommended Film ISO and Focal Length
I would suggest bringing your favourite film camera because it has a lot to shoot in the city itself. The light is always perfect so ISO100 film is good enough but if you want to do something more extreme in zone focusing, you may use ISO400 film and stay at F11 without worry about focusing and a 35mm lens would be a perfect match.

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Taxi-in-the-corner-of-the-road-centro-havana-cuba-dim-light-evening-travel-street-leica-m10-summicron-35mm-f2-IV-rangefinderTaxi, Havana Cuba (Leica M10 Summicron 35/2 pre-asph V4)
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Yangon City Scanner 001

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Country: Myanmar
City: Yangon
Camera: Leica M2
Lens: Summicron 35mm f2 v1
Film: Fujifilm Superia Premium 400

Circular train and the golden pagode shwedagon brought me to the heart of Myanmar. Yangon is unlike other part of the country, it is quite similar to other South East Asian country having roads packed with vehicles. But their kindness and friendly smile on their faces are the most unforgettable experience and something I felt different from the others.

The three hour train ride is probably the best getaway from the crowds. It runs through all the local suburbs with people boarding and departing in short period of time. It is cheap and you can stay there as long as you can!

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Manila City Scanner 001

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Country: Philippines
City: Manila
Camera: Ricoh GR

I went on a 4 days business trip in Manila. I took some time wandering in the Taguig city area with my Ricoh GR to do some night photography. At first I was just walking around the Market Market area but then I found this amazing bus station fulll of the signature “Jeepney” public transport in Manila. So I spent almost an hour in this station trying to capture and get to know more about this place.

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Osaka City Scanner 001

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Country: Japan
City: Osaka
Camera: Leica M9-P
Lens: Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 e58 v1

Pictures were taken during the sakura season in Osaka, Japan. Some of them were shot in Osaka Castle Park and the remaining were shot at Kyoto. Japan is a dynamic place to shoot around with colour or black and white.

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Tokyo City Scanner 001

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Country: Japan
City: Tokyo
Camera: Pentax 6×7 and Sony A7II
Lens: Super Takumar 105mm f2.4 6×7 and Old Nokton 50mm f1.5 Prominent mount

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Old-man-with-his-dog-walking-in-shinjuku-district-japan-street-tokyo-streetphotography-blackandwhite-BW-B&W-japanese-travel-with-pentax-67-6x7-mediumformat-medium-format-120-Delta-400-Ilford-Film-analog-105mm-f2.4-super-takumarShinjuku, Tokyo (Pentax 6×7 105mm f2.5 Super Takumar)
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Agra City Scanner 001

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Country: India
City: Agra
Camera: Fujifilm XE-1
Len: Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.2 v2

A day trip to Agra, visited Tajmahal and Agra fort. Weather was so nice and Taj is absolutely stunning. It was like a movie scene, everything was kept like in the old days and nothing has changed except hundreds of tuktuk in that area. Horse cart, dress code and peoples’ facial expression are all blended in nicely.

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Chandigarh City Scanner 001

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Country: India
City: Chardigarh
Camera: Fujifilm XE-1
Len: Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.2 v2

I travelled to Chardigarh for a business trip and spent only 2 days here. They brought me to Rock Garden which is similar to Park Quell in Barcelona. And also I followed them to two temples and took some pictures of the local people. Surprisingly all of them are so friendly to me.

shoe-keepers-posing-outside-temple-vivid-colour-Chardigarn-street-snap-cities-city-scannerShoes keeper outside the temple in Chardigarh (taken with Fujifilm XE1 with Voigtlander 35mm f1.2 v2)
nap-time-outside-temple-vivid-colour-fuji-fujifilmA man napping outside the temple
father-and-son-posing-outside-temple-in-Una-India-fuji-fujifilm-xe1-35mm-portrait-city-scanner-cities-snapLike father like son
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Saw-the-monk-inside-local-temple-in-Una-India-cities-snapMonk inside temple (XE1 with Nokton 35mm f1.2 v2)
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teenager-asking-me-to-take-pictures-for-them-street-portraitChildren-playing-with-me-inside-temple-Una-portrait-IndiaTeenagers asked me to take picstures for them (above) Cute kids inside temple (below)

 

The temple provides free food and they asked if I would like to stay there for dinner. After playing around with the children I headed back to hotel. It is certainly an unforgettable experience for me and totally different from what I thought.

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Ella City Scanner 001

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Country: Sri Lanka
City: Ella
Camera: Sony A7II and Ricoh GR
Lens: Leica Summilux 35mm f1.4 FLE ASPH

Took nearly 4 hours train from Nuwara Eliya with other backpackers. After 20 minutes bus ride from station, walked all the way up to the tea plantation. I was quite surprise that I am going to spend the next three days in a tea plantation hostal – 1964 Boutique Hostel. The owner and his father are so nice and kind to me, especially the owner is a chef who worked in local hotel before!

tea-planation-view-from-train-to-ella-sri-lanka-slopes-curvesTea plantation view from train taken with Ricoh GR (left and right)
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Ella-Hostel-Family-Cat-Arrive-Welcome-Tree-Sri-LankaOwner’s kitten in 1964 Boutique Hostel
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Walked all the way from hostel to Nine Arches Bridge. So waited for an hour and decided to go down and walk along the track and wait for the train to come. Then walk back to Ella station for 3km distance.

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steve-new-met-backpacker-spent-day-together-walking-train-track-rail-ella-sri-lankaMet David another backpacker travelling alone in Ella and who is also interested in taking pictures together
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Ella-nine-arch-bridge-scenic-attraction-tourist-walking-train-track-trail-sri-lanka-4Walked all the way from hostel to Nine-Arch-Bridge (All taken with Sony A7iii with Summilux 35mm f1.4 ASPH FLE)
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On the next day morning the owner showed me around his tea plantation. The view is different from those in Little Adam’s Peak. You can feel how people live in this place and it is 5km away from town center.

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1964-boutique-hostel-ella-sri-lanka-owner-portrait-father-and-scoop-showing-me-the-viewHostel owner’s father
1964-boutique-hostel-ella-sri-lanka-owner-portraitHostel Owner
private-tour-scenic-view-top-of-1964-boutique-hostel-mountain-after-shower-with-owner-tea-plantationFollowing owner to get the best view in town
private-tour-scenic-view-top-of-1964-boutique-hostel-mountain-after-shower-tea-plantationmountain view on top of the tea plantation in hostel 

 

Looking through the viewfinder of my camera from Little Adam’s Peak in Ella.

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little-mt-adam's-peak-mount-adam-adams-ella-sri-lanka-after-rain-gorgeous-snap-iconic-place-must-goClassic view from Little Adam’s Peak
Man-main-road-chopping-timber-ella-tea-plantation-Sri-LankaLocal farmer along my way back to hostel 
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stray-cat-outside-restaurant-nervious-bokeh-sri-lankan-restaurant-in-ellaStray cat in the restaurant