Cuba in November?

My next photography workshops in Cuba (legal from the U.S.) are November 5-14, 2015 and January 7-16, 2016. The cost is $4,495 per person, double occupancy (plus $350 for singles) and includes nearly everything except your costs to/from/in Miami. There are still open slots for the November 2015 workshop. The January 2016 workshop is currently sold out, but we’re accepting people to the waiting list.

For more information, see my Cuba Workshop page.

Dos Mojitos!
Dos Mojitos!

Cuba Workshop, January 2015

At 12:05am on January 16, sixteen photographers and their partners were the very first Americans to land in Havana under the new rules announced in December by President Obama. There was no fanfare, just the usual midnight airport skeleton crew that took two hours to x-ray our bags. One of us did get “special treatment” for arriving with enough gear for a feature-film crew and what could have been mistaken for a suicide vest. For most of the group, it was everyone’s first visit to Cuba.

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Tahrir Square Video

Here’s some of the video I shot of Tahrir Square in Cairo on the first night of the Egyptian demonstrations.

It was shot using a Nikon D7000 with an 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens at ISO 3200 from my 25th floor balcony of the Semiramis InterContinental Hotel, which is about a block away. If you watch the High Definition version you can see a lot more detail even through the digital noise.

Thanks to The Conversations Network’s Paul Figgiani for editing and titles.

Exodus from Egypt

On January 19th I tweeted “Getting ready for a trip to the Middle East. Decided to register with the State Department. You just never know.” Six days later I stepped out of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo to find a scene reminiscent of Berkeley in the 1960s: a stream of demonstrators running past the museum towards Tahrir Square.

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