Early Morning – Trinidad Cuba

 I find early morning the best time to photograph the streets of Trinidad. You’ll hear the vendors on their bikes announcing their arrival with things like bread or vegetables. And then you see folks peek out of their home to flag them down. Of course there will be cars parked overnight adding to the flavor of the scene and the early morning light too.



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Gear for Sale

My tour partner Dan Sniffin is cleaning out his closet and has the following for sale.

All lenses are in excellent condition and well cared for.

Nikon AF-S 12-24 F/4 DX lens – $420
Nikon AF 18-35 F/3.5-4.5D – $650
Nikon AF-S 28-300 F 3.5-5.6 G – $750
Nikon 70-180 f/4 Micro Zoom (Imported and not made anymore, but one of the sharpest lenses made)  This lens is very hard to find and very desirable if you’re shooting macro. $1,500

Nikon Super Coolscan-8000ED Scanner – 6 years old – near new condition with all three slide format trays. – $1,500 or best offer.

Should you have interest, either email me and I’ll put you in touch with Dan or you can write him via his website.



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A few tour spots have opened up for 2015

Due to some unfortunate medical situations, we have a few spots for two of our 2015 tours. We have two spots for our August Palouse tour, August 10-15, and then one spot for our Tuscany/Venice tour, May 23-June 2.  Should you have interest, send me an email for details.

In keeping with the Trinidad street theme, the image below was made in a similar fashion to my previous post.  It’s obvious where the sun was,instead of avoiding the flare, I decided to work with it. Another choice outside of my comfort zone. Lesson learned? It’s another right answer! Again I picked a scene first hoping for something to happen. In this case the foreground bike was there but not the man or second bike. That happened by waiting.


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This year while in Trinidad, I worked on my “people” photography skills.  For this image, I spotted the blue wall, interesting doors and lone bike. I suspected I might have added interest if I just hung out for awhile.  Sure enough, in about five minutes, this young man came out along with a dog. I waited until the gesture of both made sense and tripped the shutter.


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Trinidad Cuba

One of my favorite scenes in the beautiful town of Trinidad Cuba.


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Three – Havana Cuba

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Early Light on the Malecon – Havana Cuba



The Malecon is a wide 5 mile road with a sea wall that runs along the coastline in Havana. Again, you can see Morro Castle in the background. It took four years to get a worthy sky to include in this scene. 

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Strawberry and Chocolate


Strawberry and Chocolate is a movie released in 1993.  It was shot in Cuba at this very building. The building is a favorite to photograph, however, in neighborhood where we are told to stay close to the bus. I was peeking out the window while others were shooting the iconic stair scene when I saw a red truck pulling into the garage. I quickly ran downstairs to see what was going on. Much to my delight it parked to load the debris from the renovation going on. Within minutes of making a few images, the truck pulled out and was on its way. 

On another note, we’ve just had a cancellation for our Tuscany/Venice Tour in May. It was not listed on the tour page as it was full before we announced it.  If you’re interested in joining us, please send an email and I’ll send you the details.  It is a 10 day tour starting on May 23rd ending on June 1st.

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I’ve photographed this car in Havana on previous trips. It is hard to pass up, so here is another take.

I have noticed a fair amount of construction going on in Havana over the past three years. This is good news. The wiring we saw in homes three years ago looked dangerous. Now, we see lots of new electrical boxes and wiring that does not scare me. This year, many streets were torn up. It appeared as though work was being done on the infrastructure which is sorely needed. It will be interesting to see what changes are in store with the rekindling of our relationship with Cuba. I hope the “people” receive some benefit, but I have my doubts.

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If you get up early enough, and you should, the streets of Havana are quiet and void of activity. And then, as you roam the vacant streets with dawn approaching, you’ll encounter small groups on their way to work, or to catch a ride, or to catch the bus, or to get a cup of coffee. It is during these early hours that you’ll likely find little vignettes such as this one.  Of course I was drawn to the wonderful red car with tons of character, but then the door opened and the woman poked her head out. Then she stepped out, obviously waiting for her ride. An already good image now a better one. And then, after she left, a neighbor stepped out of his home and shared that the car was his and did not run. It too is waiting, waiting for another talented, industrious Cuban to come and fix it, so it will ride again.


I’d like to draw your attention to a very special new tour that Dan and I are offering in January of 2016.  A full week at The Hideout Dude Ranch in Wyoming!  Lots of details can be found on my tour page here!  (scroll down to the bottom when you get there.)  We are VERY excited about this one!

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