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You've no doubt landed here as part of a journey. It starts with the quest for knowledge or inspiration and ends generally with a few choice words with our good friend Google. Words like "camera" and "lighting", combined with "how'd they do that ..." and "how can I do that ..." will land you here. Take heart my friends. I can show you "how'd they do that" - and how you can too.

And this is where our paths cross and we begin our journey together. I have trod the path of 'avid photographer' for years. I have searched for hours for 'how to photograph water drops' and marveled at the perfection of other people's beautifully poised single sparkling drop. I have stood for far too long in the cold to capture that one moment of swirling snow when the air appears to sparkle. And I confess with guilt that beautiful wild horses in the Icelandic hills just had to be photographed at the expense of my very patient traveling companions.

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Friday, 16 March 2012

Trip of a Lifetime - Photo Cuba Workshop 2012

A sample of favorites from my wonderful trip!

My Photos of Cuba
Article: 'Love and Fiestas - Chivirico, Cuba'

Take one long cold February, one bedraggled and disheveled mother of two, and far too many months without even a semblance of me-time, grown-up time, down-time, or any other kind of time.  Add to that Trina Koster's Photo Cuba Workshop, a new lens for Christmas, a spare $50 bucks in my pocket, and (this one is essential!), a kind husband who is willing to lend the balance.

Now you have the makings of a 'Trip of a Lifetime'.  So said the email header from one of my fellow travelers shortly after the trip - and it could not have been said any better.  Every element of this workshop came together like a thoughtfully composed photograph. 

My fellow photographers were, each and every one of them, as mad about photography as I.  Envision, if you will, our typical evening relaxation - a few hours by the pool, mojitos and fantastic live Cuban music ... and our laptops - editing and sharing the days photos.

Our morning lectures were like those elements of a photograph that you just can't take your eyes off.  You take it all in, and then you are left wanting more.  We looked at inspiring photos by masters, learned about Cuban surrealist art, culture and politics, and had our own work critiqued.  An hour in a darkened room on a beautiful Cuban morning was absolutely worth every moment.

Then there were the wonderful Cuban people.  Their warmth and kindness is something I have just never experienced before.  And I'm sure you can't find so many photogenic subjects anywhere else.  Children smiled and showed off, and followed us in giggling rowdy groups, old guys posed with their dogs, chickens, brooms, men everywhere blew kisses, and everywhere, people were out on the streets just going about their lives.

Now I'm back home - still bedraggled and disheveled - but I have this snapshot in my mind of a beautiful place, some wonderful new friends, and a thousand new pictures to remind me of that fantastic week of inspiration.

Gracias to Trina, Laura, Scott y German for bringing together all the elements of a really fantastic Photo Cuba Workshop!

                   Some of my fellow photographers:


  1. I love this kind of atmosphere and colour but I seldom have a chance. Great shots you have love it!!

  2. Thanks Simon. Cuba is an amazing place - I wanted to take pictures of everything! I definitely recommend a trip if you can!

  3. I agree with you that when we travel we shouldn't look for the things we have home. That's not what it's about at all. Otherwise we can as well stay home.

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