So much has happened since my last post (apologies for that - the backlog became so overwhelming it made me reluctant to write): rugby matches, concerts and, chief among them, a trip to Cuba! A week staying in the old town Havana was both enjoyable and enlightening, despite the weather on four of the days we were there. Indeed, the rain reached a crescendo on the Thursday when the heavens opened, causing floods, a couple of building collapses and two tragic deaths. We were ok although it struck us right in the middle of a bus trip. As we travelled along roads that were becoming streams then rivers, many of those iconic old Cuban cars were breaking down around us. Obviously it was a great place to photograph and I'm still going through and processing shots I brought back. Many tourists had the same idea so it was something of a challenge to take pictures of something a bit different. Rightly or wrongly, in an effort to travel light and not carry a lot of camera equipment a few weeks ago I'd bought a Canon 100D. This claims to be the smallest of DSLRs but with all of the functions of its bigger brothers and sisters. Along with that I took the kit 18-55mm lens, a Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 lens for darker scenes and another Tamron, this time a wide angle for landscapes. Seeing as I'd made my phone (with camera) useless by trying to update the OS on the eve of departure, I decided to buy a small camera for those times when something bigger is a little obtrusive. After a bit of browsing and a good deal of help from the shop assistant, I opted for the Sony WX80. This proved to be a really good move as I was able to shoot in restaurants and markets and other such places without upsetting anyone. Results are very good although obviously there are limitations with a camera so inexpensive.
Over the coming weeks I'll post more Cuba pics as I finish processing them. Here's a few to start with. See if you can tell which were taken with the Sony!
You can see bigger versions of these and more pictures on my Flickr Cuba set.