The camera I used most on this trip was my iPhone 7 Plus and I was blown away by the performance of the native camera’s Portrait feature with Depth Effect. It allowed me to make beautiful portraits with a narrow depth of field that creates that wonderful soft blur (aka, bokeh) that really makes the subject figural in the image. When processed with SnapSeed’s Face filters, I found the results to be remarkable.
Here are a few of the portraits I captured during the trip with my iPhone 7 Plus and the Portrait mode. You’ll notice that many of the expressions are warm and joyful. These are some of the best portraits I made and occurred when I was able to engage my subject in even a small way. That connection resulted in smiling eyes that show up prominently in the portraits. I made an effort to learn the name of all the people I photographed, but I was not always successful.
I think many of these images support that old maxim that the eyes are the window to the soul.
My next trip to Cuba is November 5 – 13 and we currently have room in our small group. You can learn more here and don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
|In the Rail Yard, Australia, Cuba|
|Herman, Engineer, Rail Yard, Australia, Cuba|
|Juan Miguel, Wood Worker, Australia, Cuba|
|Beautiful Old Woman at the Callejon de Hamel Festival in Havana|
|Musician at the Callejon de Hamel Festival in Havana|
|Man on the Prado|
|Patricia, Cuban National Ballet|
|Mercedes and Patricia, Cuban National Ballet|
|Old Man in Casilda|
|Norbert, Manaca Iznaga|
|Young Boxer, Old Havana|
|Wife and Chicken Farmer, Manaca Iznaga|
|Husband and Coffee Grower, Manaca Iznaga|
|Alberto, 88, Former Contractor, Current Street Sweeper, Trinidad|