Cuba | Old Classic American Cars | Beautiful Architecture | Sun, Sea, Sand & Mojitos!

Wow! What a holiday! I have wanted to go to Cuba for about five years and finally got there. It lived up to my expectations and much more. I did of course mainly take photos of the beautifully kept old cars and amazing architecture. After travelling around Havana, Vinales in the west and then down to Trinidad in the south, we headed to the all-inclusive luxury of Varadero for proper relaxation.
Classic old American cars in Havana, Cuba

Classic old American cars in Havana, Cuba

Hannah took a sneaky one of me. Tip: notice I have crouched down to get a low angle and am shooting directly into the sun. I know this is counter-intuitive to a lot of people, but try it. You’ll get a completely different look to your photos. You can either shield the sun from getting right into the lens (see photo below) or let it come in and create flare (the yellow circles of the various parts of the lens – see photo above)

Classic old American cars in Havana, Cuba

Classic old American cars in Havana, Cuba

This shot is all about composition and lines. It’s important that the horizontals are horizontal and the verticals vertical. To do this, use the telephoto end of your zoom. The wider angle the lens the more you will notice distortion and your photo will have curved lines that should be straight.

Plaza in Havana, Cuba

Love this shot. It really sums up Havana to me. Walking one block away from the tourist trap and you’ll see Cubans going about their daily life with no interest in what you’re doing.

Wall mural in Havana, Cuba

Classic old American cars in Havana, Cuba

Havana, Cuba

The evening light was amazing. These photos directly above and below were taken at 6.30pm.

Classic old American cars in Havana, Cuba

Havana, Cuba

Classic old American cars and revolution wall mural, in Havana, Cuba

Another of my favourites. I noticed this car coming out the corner of my eye, pre-focussed on the pavement in front and pressed the shutter just as the car came past.

Classic old American cars in Havana, Cuba

Old & new

Classic old American Chevrolet in Havana, Cuba

Classic old American cars in Havana, Cuba

Good luck with getting this going again!

Architecture Old Buildings in Havana, Cuba

These fantastic textures and colours were everywhere.

Architecture Old Buildings in Havana, Cuba

Classic old American cars in Havana, Cuba

The graffiti says “pose for the camera… wait for the flash”. I also waited for the car to come into shot.

Mojitos in Havana, Cuba

We had a lot of mojitos in two weeks. Varying a lot in quality, these were the best. Yum!

Local Shop in Trinidad, Cuba

A local shop in Trinidad.

Local shop in Trinidad, Cuba

Classic old American cars in Havana, Cuba

Classic old American cars in Havana, Cuba

Classic old American cars in Havana, Cuba

I started to photograph this car when the owner very proudly came and told me it was his. We got chatting (in my fairly limited Spanish) and he told me he was a carpenter and showed me round his workshop.

Classic old American cars in Havana, Cuba

Secadores tobacco drying house in Vinales, Cuba

Vinales, the tobacco growing region. Above is the drying house, below is a close up of the leaves.

Tobacco leaves drying in Vinales, Cuba

Tobacco farmer in Vinales, Cuba

A tobacco farmer.

Secadore tobacco drying house in Vinales, Cuba

Cigar rolling in Vinales, Cuba

Cigar rolling…

Cigar rolling in Vinales, Cuba

Cigars in Vinales, Cuba

The finished product.

Old buildings in Trinidad evening light, Cuba

More fantastic light, this time in Trinidad

Classic old American cars in Havana, Cuba

Classic old American cars in Trinidad, Cuba

Classic old American cars in Trinidad, Cuba

Classic old American cars in Trinidad, Cuba

The family that owned of the houses we stayed in. Some of the happiest and nicest people I think I’ll ever meet.

Hostal Casa Bombino, Trinidad, Cuba

Hostal Casa Bombino, Trinidad, Cuba

Hostal Casa Bombino, Trinidad, Cuba

Classic old American cars in Trinidad, Cuba

Classic old American cars in Trinidad, Cuba

Classic old American cars in Trinidad, Cuba

Classic old American cars in Trinidad, Cuba

The stunning beach in Varadero.

Varadero Beach, Cuba

Varadero Beach, Cuba