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Traveling and Photographing in Cuba with Doug Kaye (Podcast 546)

Today I'm excited to bring you a conversation with my friend Doug Kaye, about traveling to and photographing in Cuba. Doug shares with us some invaluable advice on traveling and photographing in Cuba, during this time of great change for the country. As this is a recorded conversation, there is...

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Martin Bailey is a nature and wildlife photographer and educator based in Tokyo. He's a pioneering Podcaster and blogger, and an X-Rite Coloratti member.
  • Larry Hartlaub
    Posted at 06:05h, 25 October Reply

    Great podcast. Wonderful photos and travel tips. I have a scheduled trip to Havana for early December with some Denver photogs. Doug has many good suggestions on communicating with the locals – some toys and postcards for sure. This will be my first trip to Cuba – your podcast raised my excitement level. If I have am opportunity to go back, I will keep Doug’s tours in mind. And by the way, I have listened to many of your podcasts, and deeply appreciate your professionalism and educational information. PS, I too have the fab Canon 5dsr. Can’t wait to see the shots I get in Cuba. As you often say, “Take Care and have a good week”.
    Larry Hartlaub, Denver, CO USA

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 09:07h, 25 October Reply

      I’m pleased you enjoyed this Larry!.

      And great that the timing was right for you with your upcoming trip.

      The 5Ds R will be great in Cuba. It’s great everywhere! There’s something very satisfying about traveling with gear that you are happy with though. If you post any images online after your return, please share a link. I’d love to take a look.

      Thanks for listening to the podcast, and you take care, and have a great week too. 🙂


  • Carol-Lynn Rössel
    Posted at 21:46h, 07 November Reply

    Hi Martin!
    Such a nifty podcast on photographing in Cuba.
    I visited Cuba this past Easter Week (2 days after Obama left; the day after the Rolling Stones concert) with a group from the University of Maine at Augusta. We drove to Montreal, stayed overnight near the airport and changed US currency for Canadian. Four hour trip to Varadero — 2 hours out of Havana. Canadians have been doing this flight so long that it’s flawless.
    I’m a monochrome street photographer and usually use film, which would not be a Plan on this sort of trip, unfortunately. So I brought my camera converted to infrared. My goodness, what nifty shots I got with that item. Your friend did not mention that Cubans expect you to give them a dollar per shot and that if you ask for change at a currency exchange they will usually not give you coinage less than a dollar, which makes using the rest rooms expensive, as one must leave a coin each time for the attendant.
    I’m planning on returning this coming March (the trip involves two university courses — sociology and digital photography) as it will probably be the last time the university will be able to make it affordable. The hotel we stayed in has tripled in price and most everything else we did has doubled in price, since the end of March 2016.
    This time I will bring only what I can fit into a carryon bag; one does not need a lot of clothing. Of course, when we left Maine and Canada it was maybe 30 degrees and when we left Cuba it was 99 degrees F and then we drove home in a snow storm.
    This trip was the best thing I’ve done in a dozen years.
    Would you like to see some of my IR Cuba shots?
    I don’t have a website.

    Carol-Lynn Rössel, Winthrop, Maine USA

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 18:45h, 10 November Reply

      I’m pleased you enjoyed this Carol-Lynn!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. That’s great that you’ve already got so much experience with visiting Cuba. I envy you!

      It is a shame that prices are going up so much, but to be expected I imagine, as demand rises.

      I’d love to see some of your Cuba shots, if they are online anywhere. It doesn’t need to be your own web site.


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