The Face Of Cuba

Cuba Portrait WEBAs stated in a previous post:  To me, Cuba is all about the people (especially the children).  They are The Face of Cuba.  The last stop on the tour was Baracoa, located on the extreme northeastern tip of the island.  Before flying back to Habana from Baracoa, we spent our last day on an optional full-day excursion.  It was very hot and very humid, about 90°F/32.22°C with 75% humidity, producing a Heat Index of 109°F/42.78°C.  Briefly, our excursion included:  a tour of a cacao plantation (with free samples), visits to small coastal villages, a boat ride up the Yumuri River, a hike through a deep canyon to secluded swimming holes and finally a stop at Manglito Beach.  It was at Manglito Beach where I took these photographs. We were exhausted with the day’s activities, so we finally parked our weary bodies at a beachfront Bar & Restaurant—basically a Palapa, complete with sandy floor. We quickly ordered up two frosty Bucaneros, and then just as quickly dos mas Bucaneros por favor. One has to keep hydrated at all times in Latin America.

Photographer’s note:  The below images of the little niña were captured in JPEG using my Canon PowerShot G15 backup shooter.  The girl in question was four years old, and her mother was thrilled with the images I showed her.  All images were shot with natural available light and handheld.  Post-edit enhancements were completed in PSE11.

(Click on images to enlarge)

Girl at Baracoa WEB

The Face of Cuba

1/250s @ f/2.8, ISO 100, FL/105mm, Natural Light, Handheld

Baracoa Girl II WEB

The Face of Cuba

1/200s @ f/2.8, ISO 80, FL/105mm, Natural Light, Handheld

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