Cuba was one of the most interesting places that I have traveled! As I was trying to decide on photos for my travel guide I couldn’t narrow it down. In Part Two I will go a little more in depth of what it was like to travel there; what we did and where we stayed. In this post I am sharing some of my favorite film images. When I travel I usually take my digital camera Canon 5D Mark III (I now have the Mark IV) and a film camera Pentax 645NII with an adapted Hasselblad 80 2.8 lens, and sometimes I get crazy and pack more than that. I like to keep it simple with my lenses, and will only do an extra lens for my digital camera. I usually pack my L Series 50 1.2 and my L Series 24-70 2.8 for my digital, I keep my 50 on for most of the time, but it is so nice to have the wide angle option. I usually take too many cameras on a trip, because I hate to be unprepared or wish I had a certain piece of gear. I feel like I get my best images, when I only focus on one medium each day. When we are out for the entire day I will bring both just in case, but then my shoulders hate me by the end of the day because I will walk around all day with a 50 lb pack. For these images I used Kodak Portra 400 and I always use The Find Lab for my developing. The colors and textures of Cuba were so amazing to photograph, I wish I could have seen it in its prime, it would have been such a beautiful city. The architecture is unreal, when we walked around we tried to picture it in the 50s and I can only imagine the glitz and glam in parts of the city.
The people were so friendly there, I loved meeting the young girl a few photos down. She was so excited to talk to us because we were from America. She was so helpful and wanted to help us in any way. One thing that she said really stood out to me for the rest of the trip. She said our governments are fighting, but the people aren’t fighting, we are happy to have you in our country. Every time we told people we are from America, they would cheer on Obama, several came and rubbed arms with us and said we are touching an American! It was such a great experience, I would recommend it to anyone. Watch for the next Travel Tuesday post for Part Two and I will go into more depth of what to do and see while you visit!