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Havana by night by joachimfh Havana by night by joachimfh
I want to express that i am very grateful for the communication that happened between `Staged and `igy resulting in a Daily Deviation.

All my best thanks to both of you.

This photograph was taken on my first night Cuba. I had already been taking photographs in Amsterdam the night before with the fisheye, so this was giving me some sort of kick for night photography; arriving in at dusk in Havana my family and i were most eager to get out to the genuine Havana, not just stay at a hotel as you can in every other place in the world. A very enthusiastic woman was passing us through the street, and so willingly to make some money buy offering us a ride. The car was all shaken, it wasnt a taxi whatsoever, but there was something about her that we sympathized with, so we went along, not really knowing where her so assured wonderful restaurant would be in the older part of Havana. It proved that even she had problems finding where it was( well she wasnt a taxi driver either as i said), but in the end we managed to find it.

There is a certain ambience that you register while entering Havana vieja (old town), and i dont know how to put words on it really. It is at the very least cinematic. The night sky with the deep colors and perfect stars, the shatteredness, the publicness of lives(in the sense you have little private life under the surveillance), the heated air, the street lights, litter, radio frquencies with buena vista social club, the night bikers, those so everholding cars, and the colors!
Cuba is something that should not be missed if you love travelling!
There will happen many changes after Castro. Drastic. They might well be for the better. We chose Cuba as a destination this year because we wanted to experience before that happens.

So the photograph is this crop of so much more. I believe it invites to some of those depictive moments. The red car was perfect to show that solid colorfulness. Many caribic people just shine such colorfulness through their personality. One person commented on its very colonial color mix. I had not thought about it like that, but it is an interesting observation.

At that particular moment it was important to shoot from the ground. I had a tripod with me to Cuba, but its heavy, and i cant really bring it with me everywhere. I usually lean to walls or if not ground is just the place to get the sharpness that works well. And if you ask me about exposure time, i dont have the metadata. I am presuming i had the fisheye at wide open aperture f2.8 and i dear its took 4 seconds. The lens everybody asks me about: its 10,5mm DX Nikkor. Worth every coin.

Thank you to everyone who has seen it, even more to those who shared their opinion and made it a favourite. Truly. Thank you so much!
*Overwhelmed by the message center, hope i can get back to all of you*
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Daily Deviation

Given 2005-09-01
The beauty of Havanna, captured in one moment: Light, trash, a girl and a car. Havana by night by =joachimfh is one of his many fisheye-pictures. ( Suggested by Staged and Featured by igy )
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AA92 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
nice photo
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Vic-tor-i-a Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008   Photographer
I love this! And I love that there's a girl standing in the corner of the picture. It made me look at the picture for longer.
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irene007 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008  Hobbyist
Love the picture :heart:
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DELUXE-ART Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2008
Very Nice
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The-Lady-Blue Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008  Student Photographer
I love this picture. It's a really interesting angle.
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Tak00 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007
ahhh i love
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KLOD Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2007
wonderful...
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xMEGALOPOLISx Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2006  Professional Photographer
:+fav:
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svenson42 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2006   Photographer
What a picture! I really like the colours...and the tin at the lower right is awesome! Great work! +fav!
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joachimfh Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2006
cheers!
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ororamorora Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2006
wonderful
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aefg Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2006
Beautiful, congratulations!
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joynsorrow Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
woah!!
great. . .

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Arnitald Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2006
Wonderful shot. Don't know about the can but otherwise great! :)
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tea-and-toast Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2006   Photographer
just left a msg and then looked at the pic again - its great. i love the use of depth of field - you've got so much in the pic to reference the car against. that person on the left. the movement from the lights - the out of focus curb blending into focus - etc..
awesome.
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tea-and-toast Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2006   Photographer
great shot - i love nighttime photography - and i love the 10.5mm. just got one, and it IS worth every penny. they are great.
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Carrii Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2005
havana really is an impressive city. great shot. :)
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waldemar-pfordte Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2005   Photographer
this shot is superb, it really conveys Cuba as it is... a city full of life, love the colors, the perspective and that lens!

Congrats on the DD... =D ( sorry for commenting on this so late, i'm just catching up on my abscence from DA. ^^; )
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eenah Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2005
LOVE IT!!!
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piuk Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2005
that´s such a great pic !!! :clap: i was just there today actually hehe :D i live in havana u c... and that´s so cool... when and why did u go to cuba? awsome photo... i love the angle :D beautiful car... beautiful bucanero hehe ;) :+fav:
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flashtek Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2005
Gotta love Havana by night.
Gotta admire the whore on the left side.
Gotta have that fish eye lens.
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joachimfh Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2005
now tell me who are you to say she is a whore?
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flashtek Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2005
It was just a perception & interpretation of what I see in the pic
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Zeichnete Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2005
Great shot, absolutely great.
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uvadtmfub Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
hmm.. i never had an interest on fisheye lense until I saw this picture.
Very nice!
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DarkAngel2Wolf Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2005   Photographer
Wow amazing shot. I think this has to be my favorite photo I've seen so far here on DA. Congrats on the DD. Much deserved. I just love this shot and everything in it, happy to see a story with it too. :) I'd like to try that kind of lens once I get better at photography.

:+fav:
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joachimfh Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2005
how very nice to read this! its also nice that people appreciate some backstory too.
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DarkAngel2Wolf Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2005   Photographer
=) I like reading stories behind pictures it makes them all the better.
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Koi89 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2005
beautiful! :)
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Isarl Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2005
What an outstanding photograph. The street-level perspective brings it to life, as does the streak of light from the passing car.

Thank you. Thank you so much. This photo brings me back to Habana City in ways memory alone cannot. Thank you.
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dado24 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2005
angle is awesome. perspective too. great colors.
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Joseph-Rivera Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2005
its excelent!! good job.

Havana vieja its quite the same as Panama la vieja (Panama old city)... they almost got the same architecture... or colonial feelin, the only diference that Cuba has more of it, Panama in these days have change a bit... but we still got our old city full of colors and nice people.

like a said, GOOD JOB on this!



=u can check my site if u want to see what im talkn about.
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deadlyink Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2005  Student
it sort of tells its own little story. i like it alot!
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superladysarah Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2005
i'm so glad that this finally got a DD cuz it mos def deserves one! awesome and congrats!! gonna make sure that i this is still a :+fav: of mine......:D
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jobthesecond Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2005  Professional General Artist
very nice! definitely deserving the dd!
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telestatic Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2005   Digital Artist
'mazing
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telestatic Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2005   Digital Artist
'mazing
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boobookittiefuck Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2005
I'd love to go to Cuba.
Lovely photo, I love the colouring and then choice of lense! :D
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Sciolism Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2005   Interface Designer
It's wonderful, like the hall of mirrors with the lights and such.
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GKain Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2005
awesome shot
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raluka Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2005
wow..nice picture
great great great job:clap:
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brainsurge Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2005
Awesome work :D
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aradisia Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2005
Woha, driiitstilig bilde!
Det var berre griselækkert, altså :-)
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fancyultrafresh Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2005
wow.
that's lovely.
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zekophaa89 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
really nice :D +fav :clap: :)
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insanity-is-a-gift Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2005
Yeah, this is a shot that's going to appeal to many people on different levels. There is a very Hispanic colour about the shot and I like that coupled with that ex-colonial feel. Those alone would be interesting but the added depth of the girl and the car and the fisheye lens to set it all off really make a special picture, easy to see why you uploaded it, thanks for sharing it. :D :) :D
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Lehandra Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2005
I love oldtimers and a always wantet to go to Kuba... This picture touched me deep :-) Great work!
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MaBeLLee Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2005
WoW..
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lidiaBartlam Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2005   General Artist
miau!!!!!!!!!!
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sean723 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2005
pretty wicked composition man, nice one
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