Little Havana Flavors


A slide show, to the tune of Albita, of some of the images I have taken for a Little Havana project.

This area has seen a great improvement, even gets A big influx of tourists, to the tune of a few daily buses, rain or shine.

Enjoy!

 

 

Little Havana: tourist trap?


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It all started as an outlet for Cuban refugees to play dominoes and forget about their Caribbean paradise that was no more.

Years have come and gone. Miami is now the beacon for Latin-American refugees seeking the ever elusive American dream.

It is not only us Cubans, it is all new world blood, humiliated, stepped-on, diminished . We are nothing but cheap labor.
The “carrot” of good behavior is paraded in front of our eyes. If we are humble and obey, maybe we will be allowed to reside in Wonderland of Wonderlands.

Big fallacy. We did not grow up to worship the gold coin. We grew up to value family and justice. And we burn our wings to come to a land that promises that, the joke is on us!

But, we are here. Strong, invincible, with roots that go beyond the cortex.
Proud, hard working, forgiving of the culture that we do not understand, not totally believing the false promises, but there is always hope.

What would people be without hope? Annihilated before even takinge the first step forward.

Do we have a chance? Only time will tell.

In the mean time, we are vibrant, alive, full of joy and pride of our heritage.
Hopefully that prejudice will die one day. That our warmer colored skin does not make us target of hatred and intolerance.

One day, maybe, people will be appreciated for what they are, their intrinsic right of birth to be unique ant part of a big collective at the same time. No fake oppressor.

Face value: the way we are born.

I present to you Little Havana, the Latin-American tourist trap in Miami.

All images were captured with Sony a7rii and Sony 24-70/2.8 G Raw capture, converted to B&W in Lightroom.

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But then, there is our music…
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What do you do on a rainy day in Brickell Avenue?


We love the buildings in Brickell Avenue, even more so than the ones downtown. It is also easier to navigate, since we do, or have done, the work from the car.
This time we did not take the mirrorless system, since it was raining. Not nice to walk around in the rain on a hot day, at least for me.
I know you can get great stuff in the rain, but I prefer to do it from a sheltered location, rather than participate in the wet humidity.

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SO all of this images were taken from the car, from behind the windshield or out of the closed window. It was an interesting game, because of the blue polarized or whatever top part of the glass, trying to avoid it. The camera used was the Sony RX-100 mk IV, at f/4, Auto ISO, Aperture Priority and most with a 1+ Ev.

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They were all distorted and colorized to taste, exaggerating, to get a modern look to them. All work was done in Lightroom.
I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did.

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It has been a long time


We have not been to the blog since December 1st of last year. Shame on us!

It is not that we are not taking photographs, nor stopped in our testing of new equipment. Sometimes our priorities get a little shook up and we need to stop and re-evaluate.

Some of you know that I went through a life chafing event, health related. Although I am officially rid of the Big C, some of the sequels are still around, in the form of lack of interest and energy, which I try to fight, sometimes with no results.

Yes, we have been active in photography. Yes, we have tried new things, but since I am the main communicator in the couple, the bucket stopped there.

We had big illusions to a trip to Guatemala with Raul Touzon, to document the Holy Week processions and events. An unexpected surgery got on the way and we were left behind and hospitals enriched their bottom line. to be perfectly honest, missing the trip hurt me more than having the surgery.

But I have come to terms with the cards that were dealt, and slowly put the pieces back together.

Since December, we have acquired and enjoyed the Leica monochrome, that has only one channel and shoots only black and white.

Very enjoyable camera, not for all uses, but worth having if you like B&W.

I will ask Alfred to write a small review, he’s more tech oriented than me. In the mean time, just to break the ice, I will include some pics taken after the last December post.

Will try and keep up the Blog, it used to be fun. I will reclaim that fun!!!

Great to be with you guys again!

Coral Gables tree. Leica M Monochrome, Voigtlander 12mm
Coral Gables tree. Leica M Monochrome, Voigtlander 12mm
Leica X-Vario. Youth Fair
Leica X-Vario. Youth Fair
Leica M, 35 Cron. Little Havana
Leica M, 35 Cron. Little Havana
Leica M240, Super Elmar 18mm, Magic Kingdom
Leica M240, Super Elmar 18mm, Magic Kingdom
Leica M240, Christmas fireworks
Leica M240, Christmas fireworks
Leica M240, 18mm Super Elmar, from the hip
Leica M240, 18mm Super Elmar, from the hip
Leica X-Vario, Youth Fair
Leica X-Vario, Youth Fair
Leica M240, 18mm Super Elmar, Youth Fair
Leica M240, 18mm Super Elmar, Youth Fair
Leica M240, Voigtlander 12mm
Leica M240, Voigtlander 12mm
Leica M240, 75mm Cron, French Pavilion, Epcot
Leica M240, 75mm Cron, French Pavilion, Epcot

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M240, 35 Lux, Port Orleans, Riverside WDW
M240, 35 Lux, Port Orleans, Riverside WDW