The Guardian, Habana Cuba

Cuba Portrait WEBGuarding the mouth of Bahia de la Habana is:  Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña.  Strolling El Malecon the morning of the first full day in Old Habana, this old stone fortress dominated the skyline. The main highway out of Old Habana passes under the water, and then pops out again next to the fortress.  It is an impressive sight, and once a day they fire off canons in a traditional salute representing the glory of the past.  The sky and water were a little lackluster in reality, so I converted the original digital image to a Fine Art Print using HDR software and texture overlays.  It warmed up the image quite a bit, and is a much better representation of the feeling you get when viewing it from the Malecon versus a straight digital xerox-type image of the scene.

Photographer’s note:  This mid-morning image was captured in CameraRAW with my Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera and Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM zoom lens.  The flat mid-morning light didn’t really do the sky, intricate stonework and water justice; so I made the artistic decision to process the original digital (after RAW conversion) to an HDR image using Photomatix Essentials, and then adding a texture layer in PSE11.  The net result is a more artistic Rembrandt-type Fine Art Print.  Camera settings:  1/800s @ f/5.6, ISO 100, FL/105mm, Natural Light, Handheld.

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Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña

Old Habana, Cuba 

(Click on image to enlarge)

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