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... for those of you who remember the old cigar advert from the 60s! We stopped to ask our way to a fishing village (there are no road signs in Cuba, which made for some interesting journeys as we had hired a car) and I thought he looked so wonderful on his rocking chair, so Christopher asked whether I could take his pic and he obliged in style.
Thanks for looking and for your interest in my images of Cuba - it is a wonderful place full of wonderful people.
Ann

Camera:Canon EOS 60D
Lens:SIGMA 17-70mm Macro
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Happiness is...
Username:AnnChown AnnChown
Uploaded:26 May 2012 - 11:22 AM
Tags:Cuba, Landscape / travel, Portraits / people
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digital_boi
26 May 2012 - 11:23 AM

quite a character well captured here nice one

GrahamGrin

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Chant57
Chant57 e2 Member 8371 forum postsChant57 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
26 May 2012 - 11:31 AM

Your recent images of Cuba are bringing back some memories of my trip there back in 1993.
I remember when we left our hotel at the end of our stay , the staff were lining the footsteps holding carrier bags as they hoped guests would deposit their unused toiletries for them, as soap, toothpaste , etc etc was in short supply and prohibitively expensive.
This is the typical Cuban smile that I remember do well.

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nonur
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26 May 2012 - 11:37 AM

I love these Cuba shots of yours, Ann. What a wonderful colour portrait of a relaxed man with red eyes!SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 968 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
26 May 2012 - 11:37 AM

Well I lost the comment giving the award so I'll start again.

Fabulous character study full of detail and with the lovely colours of Cuba around your sitter. I'm sure I can smell that stogie in his mouth. Not now but sometime in the future it might be worth converting this to monochrome, it could look good.

Another lovely image from this island and good use of the reflected light in the shade.

Dougie

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morpheus1955
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26 May 2012 - 11:52 AM

Super portrait, he looks a real character Grin

Hugh

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jasonrwl
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26 May 2012 - 11:57 AM

This is just brilliant Ann - the pose, the composition, the execution, everything. Superb
Jason

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 54231 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
26 May 2012 - 12:04 PM

What a fantastic character. The colour of his chair against those shutters is excellent. An all round top pic.
Chris

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RonnieAG
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26 May 2012 - 12:07 PM

Sunshine, a rocking chair, cigar and last year's fashion in headware.......what more could a chap ask for: fine portrait shot of the old man, full of the flavour (and possibly for you the aroma, from the cigar that is) of old Havana.
Ronnie.

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TonyDy
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26 May 2012 - 12:12 PM

Great shot, Ann - brought back memories of our two holidays in wonderful Cuba!
Tony

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RobboB
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26 May 2012 - 12:14 PM

A superb study and so evocative. Wonderful

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Len1950
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26 May 2012 - 12:19 PM

Another wonderful image in what has been a great series Ann.

Len

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26 May 2012 - 12:23 PM

Oh boy this is a winner.

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
26 May 2012 - 12:25 PM

a good capture. congrats on the UA's.lesley

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DilysT
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26 May 2012 - 12:38 PM

Fabulous photo.... love the strong colours, and so sharp Smile

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WhiteRose1
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26 May 2012 - 12:45 PM

Wonderful charater study, Ann, with the ubiquitous cigar. This had Cuba stamped all over it before I even opened the thumbnail.

Dave

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mikbee
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26 May 2012 - 12:49 PM

Would not be a Cuban Ann,without a cigar !!
Super shot.
Mick.

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franken
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26 May 2012 - 12:56 PM

Excellent character study Ann.

Ken

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EAS
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26 May 2012 - 1:32 PM

A very fine portrait. He looks a character!

Ann

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CaroleS
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26 May 2012 - 1:35 PM

A great character portrait Ann - Carole

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danbrann
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26 May 2012 - 1:36 PM

Have an RC on me Ann. a wonderful character.

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mrswoolybill
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26 May 2012 - 2:21 PM

Happiness is a charming blond lady asking to take your picture... You made his day.
Moira

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Michaela_Solway
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26 May 2012 - 3:35 PM

This is wonderful Ann. The portrait says it all, no narrative needed, which is the sign of a top class image
One to be proud of!

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taggart
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26 May 2012 - 3:38 PM

A great smile in this richly colored image!
Like!

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26 May 2012 - 4:17 PM


Quote: Oh boy this is a winner.

Could not agree more Ann.Smile
Brian.

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26 May 2012 - 5:07 PM

SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
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jonwebber
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26 May 2012 - 5:53 PM

Grin here too.
jon

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26 May 2012 - 6:30 PM

Brilliant portrait Ann,well done..Lin

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JohnChambersPhotography

Looking at your wonderful captures, lovely colours well spotted.

John

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26 May 2012 - 8:21 PM

This has been a great series from Cuba. I like your comp. here, Ann. A fine candid.
-=\Walter

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27 May 2012 - 7:59 AM

Ha ha, what a brilliant old character Ann, and a VERY well composed and posed for shot.

John Smile

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AnneWorner
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27 May 2012 - 12:58 PM

Ann, this is a wonderful candid portrait of this man. He looks so very comfortable in front of your lens.

Anne

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27 May 2012 - 5:03 PM

That smile says it all
what a portrait image
Lillian

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27 May 2012 - 9:32 PM

All been said Ann so I'll just add my congrats, superb portrait!

Sarah *

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29 May 2012 - 11:59 AM

Full of character you've captured it well. paul

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annettep38
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29 May 2012 - 10:56 PM

why did I miss this... fantastic portrait and congratulations for all these well deserved awards.

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4 Jun 2012 - 9:11 AM

Bet this would look cool in mono as well.

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5 Jun 2012 - 2:53 PM

A terrific character study Ann, one of your best I feel. To get a user award from "Burnblue" who specialises in this type of photography is testament to your skills

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