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And now for something completely different - from the gloomy Pacific Northwest to the sundrenched island of Cuba. This is from the city of Trinidad, on the south coast of Cuba. Trinidad is one of the best preserved examples of Spanish Colonial architecture anywhere, and it's a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city was the centre of Cuba's huge sugar industry in the 1700's and 1800's and a very prosperous place. In the late 1800's the city went into decline for various reasons and it became a backwater. As a result, the classic old buildings were left untouched for over 100 years, in their original condition. Now the city is undergoing restoration work, and is a wonderful place to visit because of the fact that many of the original buildings are still there, unlike other cities where old buildings have been torn down and replaced.
Cuba is also home to many fine examples of American cars from the 1950's, before the revolution. As I was lining this shot up, one of these classic old cars rolled up and parked, completing the composition of classic buildings and cars.

This was a very high contrast scene, with the car in shadow while the buildings were in direct sunlight, so I had to do a lot of work to raise the levels of the foreground to show some of the detail there and balance out the photo. The result is similar to an old postcard, which somehow seemed appropriate for the subject.

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