When you think of Cuba, we all have one image in mind…mojitos and wild salsa dance 🙂 At least I do!
I visited Cuba in December and I was really excited as it was my first sponsored trip as photographer / Instagramer. I wasn’t sure if I was going to deliver what they expected from me.
However, before I went, I read 100 blogs about photography in Cuba and I found a common thing in all of them: Light.
Light on earth can change depending on the latitude you’re in, and that is exactly what I read from these blogs. Light in Cuba is very unique during Sunrise and Sunset. What they call “Golden Hour” might have been named, maybe, after contemplating the light in Cuba.
So there I was, trying to capture the best Cuban light to inspire readers from around the world with my photos.
My first stop was La Habana. There you will see the typical colonial buildings from the Hispanic era, and old cars from the 50’s and the 60’s, since the US blocked the commerce back then, and they have been restoring these cars during the past 60 years.
I tried to capture both things, a colonial building with an old colorful car. I guess you can judge yourself if I did a good job 🙂
After La Habana, they brought me to Cienfuegos. A colonial French city with beautiful buildings and an awesome sea shore. Here I wanted to capture those old cars in front of a different arquitecture and also, some sunset shots in front of the vast sea shore.
Next to Cienfuegos, almost an hour away, there is the most ancient colonial city in Central America, Trinidad.
Trinidad has such a beauty, that it makes you think you are actually living like they did in the 1700’s. The Spanish colony back then, had a single idea of arquitecture, based on the romans and the French. Trinidad is a fusion between these 2 styles of arquitecture, and in the middle, you find the active Cuban society. Unique.
Last stop, was the lost valley of Viñales!
Viñales is known in Cuba to be the region with the most tobacco plants in the island. The valley of Viñales is a vast region where you can only see tobacco plants surrounded by big mountains that create this amazing valley. Capturing the agriculture life there was incredible. They still use cows to help them bring the plants before they are processed.
My idea was to capture this vivid life during sunset, and also, to capture the singularity of the colors there.
I hope you enjoy the pictures I took and I hope you get an idea of how inspiring it is the light in Cuba!
In case you haven’t read my previous posts from Cuba:
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