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David Watson - Master of Jazz - Cuba photo workshop

Masters of Jazz: David Watson

The Pacific Northwest, from Portland, Ore. to Seattle, Wash. has a vibrant music scene. Jazz is especially prominent, with world class players moving here from NYC, Chicago, and elsewhere because of the great weather. What? You don’t like rain?I have been photographing blues musicians since 1989, L.A.:Blues, and since moving to Oregon I have been […]

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California Fire Relief - ThinkTank camera bags

California Fire Relief

ThinkTank camera bags are my bag of choice. Not only are they, in my opinion, the best made bags on the market, but they are designed by real working photographers, not industrial design grads. The company also has a conscience. I just received this email asking for donations to victims of the California wildfires. Even […]

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Man on Bus - Havana - Cuba - Cuba Travel Advisory

Cuba Travel Advisory – Part 2

Yesterday I posted “Cuba Travel Advisory – Part 1.” Today I would like to share an update I received from my U.S. licensed Travel Service Adviser, Lee Marona of Vaya Sojourns Travel. Hopefully this will shed more light on the situation and help allay any doubts you may have about traveling to Cuba. I will […]

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Cuba travel Advisory - part 1

Cuba Travel Advisory – Part 1

The U.S. State Departments travel advisory has people concerned about traveling to Cuba. The State Department has gone so far as to say that due to the reduction in embassy staff “the embassy would not be able to assure our security.”While pronouncements of this sort by our government should be taken seriously it needs to […]

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Legal Travel to Cuba

Legal Travel to Cuba

The people-to-people group license for legal travel to Cuba was created during the President Clinton administration (so it is not a new program). In January 2004, it was revoked by the Bush administration. It was reinstated and enhanced by the administration of President Barrack Obama, allowing US citizens to travel as individuals.  After President Trump’s […]

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Cuban Street Photographer - Havana Street Photography Workshop

Cuban Street Photographer

Before leaving for on my most recent workshop to Cuba a member of the Darkroom Cookbook Forum wrote to ask me if I knew what kind of film and paper South American street photographers used to expose and process in bright sunlight. I didn’t at the time but I promised to find out. I met […]

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Ferry to Regla - Bay of Havana - Cuba - Future of Travel

The Future of Travel Under President Trump

CNN Politics”President-elect Donald Trump threatened Monday to ‘terminate’ the Obama administration’s efforts to normalize US-Cuba relations.” The Washington Post”President Obama’s historic move to normalize relations with Cuba hasn’t slowed repression by the Castro regime, and the incoming Trump administration is likely to take a tougher stand on restricting tourism, recovering stolen U.S. assets and demanding human […]

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Travel to Cuba in the Post-Obama Era

In the last year, we have experienced an unprecedented freedom of travel to Cuba from the U.S. Under the current guidelines all you need to do is state that you are traveling for educational purposes and you can board any commercial flight to the island, from many major airports in the U.S.However, the freedom to […]

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