Cuba, life at the doorstep – 10 candid street photos – Part 2

…and here is the second part of my photo series about candid life in Cuba.

Please read the full story from the Part 1 article here

Which one you like the most? I would really appreciate if you leave a comment on this post

Cuba, life at the doorsteps

(all pictures were taken with the Canon 5D Mark III and the lenses EF 35mm f1.4L USM and EF 24-70mm f2.8L II USM)

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“Finding love on your doorstep will make you open up your heart to the world.”
― Anthony T. Hincks

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How to buy my pictures

All the photos you see can be purchased, as high-resolution digital files (different licensing options) or as a Fine Art Signed print, at my personal portfolio website www.sabinoparente.com

Please click on the button below, if you want to browse the complete gallery and/or buy any of the photos.

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Thanks a lot for reading,
cheers,
Sabino

Cuba, life at the doorstep – 15 candid street photos – Part 1

As well as the majority of Latin countries, a lot of life is happening just at the doorsteps of the houses, where most of the locals spend their time, maybe only standing still.

This reminds me a lot of my hometown, in the south of Italy, where life is just happening outside, at any time and that’s why, while visiting Cuba, I love taking candid portraits of those people. And they were so open and pleased to be photographed. 🙂

I think, going through this photo series, you can really feel the genuine and humble atmosphere you would encounter by walking in the streets of Trinidad or La Havana.

Which one you like the most? I would really appreciate if you leave a comment on this post

Cuba, life at the doorsteps

(all pictures were taken with the Canon 5D Mark III and the lenses EF 35mm f1.4L USM and EF 24-70mm f2.8L II USM)

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“Finding love on your doorstep will make you open up your heart to the world.”
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When can I see the second part of this series?

Yes, I know, you can’t wait to see the rest of the gallery ( :-p ), but you have to wait a bit and keep following me, as there will be other nice content in the meanwhile.

Cuba, Life at the doorstep – Part 2
will be online on October 2nd ( at midday)

Thanks a lot for reading,
cheers,
Sabino

My top 10 pictures sold in October 2016

October is already behind as well as autumn, my favorite season together with Spring and Christmas is already approaching (time runs sooooo fast!) so it’s time to check which pictures had best sales in the previous month in this top 10 chart (over the following agencies: Shutterstock, iStock, Fotolia, Dreamstime, Depositphotos, Bigstockphoto, Canstockphoto, 123RF, Photodune, Alamy, 500px. )

Overall, October sales have been in line within the last three years, bit less than September, but still very good numbers together with direct requests for assignments or image sales that are not counted in this balance.

But let’s unveil the top 10 sales of October 2016. ( data from Microstockr Pro)

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My bestseller ever picture had lower amount of sales on October, but still in the top 10…

Taken with a Fuji X-E1

The beautiful Süleymaniye mosque in Istanbul, Turkey

The beautiful Süleymaniye mosque in Istanbul, Turkey

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Food. This is a very old picture i took many years ago during a food exhibition in Luxembourg and it sells very good over the years.

Taken with a Canon Eos 5D Mk II

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Making of cuban cigars, taken in Vinales during my wonderful trip to Cuba, last year. This subject is selling quite good.

Taken with a Canon Eos 5D Mk III

Making tobacco cigars in a typical farm in Vinales, Cuba

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Another picture from Cuba and again, tobacco. Very good!

Taken with a Canon Eos 5D Mk III

Tobacco plantation in the Vinales valley, north of Cuba

Tobacco plantation in the Vinales valley, north of Cuba

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Puglia, olive trees, my home, my soul. This picture that i took long time ago with an humble Canon Eos 450D, discovered just couple of months ago, is selling more and more and i expect it to grow in the future.

The beautiful and colorful landscapes in Puglia

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Another relatively young picture (taken 4 months ago)  that is increasing the sales week by week, I was lucky to be at the right time in the right place because i had only that evening in Siena and the sunset was just amazing… Taken with a Canon Eos 5D Mk III

The wonderful medieval city of Siena in Tuscany region, italy

The wonderful medieval city of Siena in Tuscany region, italy

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Paris est toujours Paris! Iconic image taken with a Fuji X-E1 during the new years eve, some years ago.

The beautiful Eiffel tower in Paris at night

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Third place, as previous month, selling good.

Taken with a Fuji X-E1

The beautiful blue medina of Chefchaouen in Morocco

The beautiful blue medina of Chefchaouen in Morocco

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Another everyday selling picture, always stable on second position.

Taken with a Canon Eos 5D Mk III

Iconic and beautiful Tower in Trinidad, Cuba

Iconic and beautiful Tower in Trinidad, Cuba

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Another month, same results, so i copy paste the text from previous month:
“And here is the top seller, since December 2015!!! in the last 10 months this picture is always the one i sell most… Incredibly simple but iconic, this picture taken last year in Trinidad, Cuba, is selling every day and i’m finding it very often in the internet, even used as a cover for an e-book. If you find it somewhere, please let me know. And i well remember the moment i took this picture, it was a very hot afternoon in Trinidad, i was having a relaxed walk and i was attracted by this vibrant yellow wall with a simple door and a cuban flag hanging and waving smoothly. No other disturbing elements around so…clack! The simpler the better…and this is the proof.”

Taken with a Canon Eos 5D Mk III

Cuban flag hanging on a door in Trinidad, Cuba

Cuban flag hanging on a door in Trinidad, Cuba

 

My top 10 pictures sold in September 2016

Another month has passed and it’s time to check which are the top 10 sold images over the following agencies: Shutterstock, iStock, Fotolia, Dreamstime, Depositphotos, Bigstockphoto, Canstockphoto, 123RF, Photodune, Alamy, 500px.

September has been a good month but surprisly the lowest so far (in 2016), even lower than August, but at the same time i’ve received more direct requests for assignments or image sales that are not counted in this balance.
I’ve also produced a lot of new pictures, mostly food but also still life and travel,  around 700, so i expect  to see a sensible increase of sales in the next months.

But let’s unveil the top 10 sales of September 2016. ( data from Microstockr Pro)

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This is a photogenic subject that is selling good, a beautiful landscape from Japan. To take this picture i had to climb a very steep and long stair, but it was worth it, now is paying off 🙂

The wnoderful Fuji mountain in Japan

The wnoderful Fuji mountain in Japan

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This is a relatively new entry. This picture was taken long time ago, but i just made it available for sale less than one month ago and it seems it will became one of my bestsellers. It’s from my hometown in the beautiful Puglia region, south of Italy, so i’m very proud of it!

The beautiful and colorful landscapes in Puglia

The beautiful and colorful landscapes in Puglia

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Finally a food picture. I’m investing more and more in this type of subjects, just using a very simple set, natural light from the windows and a reflector and i may say that works very well.

Delicious fresh kiwi fruit on a chopping board

Delicious fresh kiwi fruit on a chopping board

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Another food picture, with an interesting top view that i will try to use more in the future. You may spot this in some food blog or magazine… if so, please let me know 🙂

Assortment of fresh green beans on wooden background

Assortment of fresh green beans on wooden background

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Here is a subject that is trending so much an so sells very well: CUBA.

Tobacco plantation in the Vinales valley, north of Cuba

Tobacco plantation in the Vinales valley, north of Cuba

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Another relatively young picture (taken 3 months ago)  that is increasing the sales week by week, I was lucky to be at the right time in the right place because i had only that evening in Siena and the sunset was just amazing…

The wonderful medieval city of Siena in Tuscany region, italy

The wonderful medieval city of Siena in Tuscany region, italy

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My topplayer! Istanbul is another trend subject that sells as hell and this picture is my bestseller picture ever and was taken with a vintage 50mm lens bought at the fleah market for just 4€… And i’m selling this every day since months…can you believe it? incredibile!

The beautiful Süleymaniye mosque in Istanbul, Turkey

The beautiful Süleymaniye mosque in Istanbul, Turkey

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Another top-player, but from Morocco. This is another picture that i sell almost every day. It comes from the beautiful blue village of Chefchaouen. Oh how i miss Morocco, one of my favourite countries in the world!

The beautiful blue medina of Chefchaouen in Morocco

The beautiful blue medina of Chefchaouen in Morocco

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And again Cuba, Trinidad within its unique architecture style.

Iconic and beautiful Tower in Trinidad, Cuba

Iconic and beautiful Tower in Trinidad, Cuba

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And here is the top seller, since December 2015!!! in the last 10 months this picture is always the one i sell most… Incredibly simple but iconic, this picture taken last year in Trinidad, Cuba, is selling every day and i’m finding it very often in the internet, even used as a cover for an e-book. If you find it somewhere, please let me know. And i well remember the moment i took this picture, it was a very hot afternoon in Trinidad, i was having a relaxed walk and i was attracted by this vibrant yellow wall with a simple door and a cuban flag hanging and waving smoothly. No other disturbing elements around so…clack! The simpler the better…and this is the proof.

Cuban flag hanging on a door in Trinidad, Cuba

Cuban flag hanging on a door in Trinidad, Cuba

 

CUBA, people and lifestyle, read my interview on newspaper

Today i’m on the news!

Hopefully for a positive news 🙂 The national newspaper, Le Quotidien, has just published an article about my new photobook, “Cuba, people and lifestyle”. It was a relaxed and open discussion with the journalist Pablo Chimienti, trying to explain the reason why i’ve decided to visit Cuba and which kind of photography i do like to take.

You can read the article below.

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New Book on sale: CUBA, People and lifestyle

Happy to announce my new work, a photo book out of my last trip to Cuba.

CUBA, people and lifestyle

An intense photographic journey through the streets of Trinidad, Vinales and Havana, suspended between the myth of the “Revolucion” and the American dream. The overwhelming and genuine character of Cuba destined to change forever, told by the eyes of the photographer Sabino Parente.

The book has 120 pages and is printed on high quality paper, from Blurb.com
You can order the book here: http://goo.gl/4Q5Jkb or visit my page at http://www.sabinoparente.com/books
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