Transportation in Cuba

April 25, 2014  •  13 Comments

 Before breakfast some of us headed over to a busy nearby street around the old Capital buildings (pre-revolution)  to practise our panning techniques.  Because of all of the colour in Cuba it is such a great place to photograph the old cars and motorcycles since you get great backgrounds.

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 El Capitolio or National Capital Building in Havana was the seat of the government of Cuba until after the Cuban Revolution in 1959.  Now the building is the home to the Cuban Academy of Sciences.  The Cuban Revolution (1953-1959) was an armed revolt conducted by Fidel Castro's 26th of July Movement and its allies against the government of Cuban President Fulgencio Batista.  The revolution finally ousted Batista on January 1, 1959 replacing his government with a revolutionary socialist state.  The organization later reformed along communist lines becoming the Communist Party in October 1965.  The party is now headed  by Castro's brother Raul and continues to govern Cuba.  The Cuban revolution had huge domestic and international repercussions, in particular it reshaped Cuba's relations with the United States which continues an embargo against Cuba.  Castro's government began a program of nationalization and political consolidation that transformed Cuba's economy and civil society.  It should be added that Batista antagonized the population by forming lucrative links to organized crime and allowing American companies to dominate the Cuban economy.  Basically the Cuban government was a complete police state under Batista.  

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It was a lot of fun watching all of the colourful, old cars in the streets.  What made it especially fun to photograph was the colour of the old cars and the background buildings.   This was one of my favourite shots.  

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You can see what a nice selection of old cars there were on the streets.

20140125_cuba_022820140125_cuba_0228 These guys were happy to have their picture taken.

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I also had fun capturing motorcycles in action.  

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20140125_cuba_018820140125_cuba_0188 Bicycle taxis in Havana are also very popular.

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Finally it was time for breakfast but I really didn't want to go.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Comments

Craig Sundby(non-registered)
Great panning work Marsha. What a great place to use that technique with the old cars and buildings.
Elaine MacLeod(non-registered)
I love these, Marsha. What great technique and so colourful. I would like to share with my niece who hopes to attend college for photo-journalism next year. Is that okay?
Maureen(non-registered)
And you told me your panning could be better. Not from what I can see! Great job. Love the colours.
Lynn Muller(non-registered)
I especially like the red bike photo. Your camera movement created a spectacular picture.
It's sad to see the poverty in this country.
Mary Ellen(non-registered)
Hi Marsha, Your transport photos are fun and colourful. I'm especially drawn to your favourite red car. Added to the great use of colour and composition, the space ahead of the car gives the feeling of moving ahead as if the car has its own direction and purpose. Also really like the first motorcycle image. Placement of the couple in the frame is perfect, choice of camera speed is perfect. Added to that is the placement of the colour pink - on her helmet, her shoes and an unknown strip on the sidewalk - whether by accident or design (you anticipating its placement in the frame) the repetition of the colour pink ties the image together, grounds it. The image of the two men in the blue car is an example of excellent street photography. It adds a touch of narrative to your transport blog - "these are the guys that drive fast cars through the chaotic streets of Havana and they look so calm!"
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