Cocoa Plantation – Baracoa, Cuba
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While traipsing through a cocoa plantation in Baracoa, Cuba, I came across this ramshackle dwelling that was being quickly reclaimed by the surrounding jungle. I love sites like this—they are so full of photographic character: shapes, texture, weathered patina, all contribute to an eye-pleasing tableaux. You could build a story around a scene like this: who lived here, what did they do and where have they gone? Questions, questions, questions—an image to provoke curiosity. It was frightfully hot the day I shot this, as the Brits would say “bloody hell.” The heat index (ambient temperature + relative humidity) was at 109 degrees Fahrenheit. Just plain HOT. Much later in the day I would quench my thirst, with frosted bottles of Bucanero beer, on Manglito Beach—but that was still many, many hours away as I wilted in the heat taking this shot. This image would look great as a Canvas Print, and will print large up to 24 x 40 inches (approx. 2 x 3.5 feet).
Photographer’s note: The original digital image was captured as a JPG file with my Canon PowerShot G15 camera (my small backup shooter for my Canon EOS 5D Mark II full frame camera). Basic edits completed in PSE11, HDR processing completed in Photomatix Essentials. Advanced edits, including texturizing, poster edges, exposure and color saturation were all completed in PSE11.