Cuba with nothing but the Fujifilm X100F


Part II is online

It has been a long winter and an even longer wait for this vacation which my wife and I had booked back in July of 2017.

A sixteen day holiday split in two parts. Part I was a round trip through Cuba with stops in Havanna,  Viñales, Cienfuegos and Trinidad.

The second part was a round trip in Mexico. I will come back to that in a second blog post as it would be far too much to write about in just one post.

Let´s start with Cuba. After a pretty long flight from Frankfurt to Havanna we arrived at the airport, collected our luggage and headed straight to the hotel. By the time we arrived it was 9pm and we went to bed without doing much at all.

After a really good night´s sleep it was time to hit the streets of Havanna. First stop was the Havanna Club museum to see how the famous Cuban rum is produced. That was pretty interesting but a little touristy. None the less I did learn something.

Our tour guide took us right into the heart of Havanna where we started the late morning with one of the most delicious Mojito I have ever tasted. And yes even at 11 am a Mojito is a good idea.


The Bartender

People, buildings, the wonderful colors and of course the vintage cars are just so photogenic.

My first impression of Havanna: This is a photographers Mecca.

After a great lunch in a local restaurant it was time for a ride in on of Cuba’s vintage taxis. Our driver Fidel and as he stated “My name is Fidel, but not Castro” was a real Havanna guy. In is best Spanish he told us all about the city of Havanna and the monuments we were passing. And no I don’t really speak Spanish but did manage to understand the one or the other he was talking about. Not to myself – learn Spanish.

Fidel, not Castro

In the evening it was time for a dinner, a Cubata which in Cuba is a Cuba Libre with the seven year Havanna Club rum. Delicious I tell you.

The first day passed far too fast and I had the impression that I could have taken even more pictures. But quantity is not everything.

On day two we got into our small bus and drove to the Valley of Viñales. What a difference to Havanna.


Viñales is a small town on the western part of the island and right in the mountains of Cuba and therefore very different to what you would expect the country to be like. I did not take many pictures in the city, just a few street snaps. The highlight was a dinner at a restaurant called Balcon del Valle with a magnificent view over the valley of Viñales!

Valley of Viñales

Sunset over the Valley of Viñales

The last light Viñales

I think this will be it for part one of the Cuba travel. It might be better to split the vacation up into several blog posts as I fear it will all be too much to read and there will be too many pictures. Talking about the pictures. These are all untouched Jpegs OOC which I developed using the FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO raw converter. The one ore the other might slightly be tweaked in Lightroom CC. Nothing more than push or pulling the hightlights and shadows and adding a vignette.

Be sure to come back and read more about the day in Cienfuegos and of course the Unesco world heritage city of Trinidad.

And now some random shots from Havanna and Viñales


Streets of Havanna

The man

At the market


Watch TV


Yellow and blue

Vintage car


Colorful fruit

Street market

Vintage car

Down that road you must go

So many vintage cars


The glass sphere

Colorful cars

Daytime shot of the Valley of Viñales

Streets of Viñales

Sunset in Viñales

Puddlegram dog

Horse-drawn carriage





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  1. Love your selection of very atmospheric photographs, that very well transport the vibe of Cuba! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Korinth Matthias

    Was soll ich sagen Daniel. Wieder einmal den Nagel auf den Kopf getroffen. Und die Auswahl der Bilder. Erste Sahne. Das macht Lust auf eine Reise nach Kuba. Gruß. Matthias

  3. I’m going there next week and in a mental dilemma as to whether to take an X-T2 16-55 f2.8 or the x100F with a TCL -100 teleconverter or a Sony Rx1Rii FF.

    Any thoughts really welcomed asap!

  4. Klasse Fotos! Selbst bin ich noch am überlegen, ob ich mir zur X-Pro2 noch die 100F hole, oder ggf. ausschließlich mit der Kleinen auskommen könnte. Deshalb fotografiere ich seit geraumer Zeit nur mit dem 23mm F/2.0 Objektiv. Mal sehen, wie ich mich entscheiden werde.
    Übrigens: Welche Filmsimulation hast du bei deinen Südafrika- und Kuba-Bildern verwendet?

    • Hallo Reiner,

      Vielen Dank für deine sehr nette Worte.
      Ich selber hatte ja auch schon die X-Pro2. Eine tolle Kamera und mit dem 23 f/2 ja ähnlich einer X100F. Ob ich an deiner Stelle zu einer X100F wechseln würde? Schwierig. Ich glaube aber nicht unbedingt, es sei denn dir ist die X-Pro2 zu groß.

      Die Südafrika Bilder sind mit Lightroom Classic CC aus RAW bearbeitet. Da habe ich keine Fuji Filmsimulationen benutzt sondern ein eigenes Profil.

      Die Bilder aus Kuba sind aber Jpegs OOC, allerdings mit dem Fujifilm X RAW Studio Konverter erstellt. Technisch gesehen sind es aber Jpegs OOC. Hier habe ich fast alle mit Astia entwickelt. Nur einige sind mit Velvia und eines mit Acros entwickelt worden.

      Ich hoffe das beantwortet deine Frage.


  5. My thoughts on “The Man” photo is that the puddle does nothing for the photo, a better composition would have the camera raised up to get more of the doorway behind the man. I was also thinking the same about “Puddlegram Dog”. It looks like raising the camera to see the building in the background has more to offer than the reflection in the puddle.


    • Hi Daren,

      Thanks very much for taking the time and your thoughts on the two photographs you mentioned.
      I personally actually like them just as they are but will consider a different angle next time.
      As you can imagine time is the limiting factor when photographing street scenes and you mostly only have one opportunity to take the shot.


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