Fun with Topaz Simplify – Cuban Honor Guard in Havana

Honor Guard #2 - Havana - 2013

This is one of my favorite shots from Havana. As Doug Kaye and I toured the Museum of the Revolution with the rest of our group, some ceremonial music started playing and I peeked out the window to see this honor guard marching across the street. I loved the sun angle and their shadows.

In this version, I did a quick pass through Topaz Simplify 4 – using one of the black and white presets – and then brought it back as into Photoshop using a Luminance blend mode. A beautiful example of how Simplify works its magic!

You can see the original here.

Honor Guard – Museum of the Revolution – Havana

Honor Guard - Havana - 2013

Last week on Sunday morning, a group of us visited the Museum of the Revolution in Havana.

Shortly after we got into the old Presidential Palace (now the museum), patriotic music began playing and we could hear marching soldiers.

I peeked out a second story window of the Palace and saw this honor guard, marching over to the eternal flame adjacent to the Granma Memorial.

I loved the shadows they cast! With Doug Kaye and others in Havana a week ago. More of my Cuba photos are here.

Nikon D600, 85mm, 1/1000 at f/8. ISO 400.