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Originally worked this in PS elements by using a hue layer to change the mish mash of competing colours into an overall blue hue & eraser tool to get the tyres & cobbles back to normal, but it always felt a little too bland to post. Finally found what I wanted by using curves in photoshop cs 5 to create a cross processed look. Please click to view large

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Many thanks to everyone who views my work. Comment if you wish, but I’m afraid I am unable to respond or reciprocate at this moment in time.

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Yank tank or máquina are the words used to describe the many classic cars (for example: 1957 Chevrolet, 1953 Ford, 1958 Chrysler, etc…) present in Cuba with an “estimated 60,000” of them still driving the roads today. In 1962 an embargo was placed on Cuba by the United States, effectively cutting trade between the countries. This meant that the cars in Cuba, could no longer receive new replacement parts when something broke. Currently, the only way to keep these cars on the road today is by using Cuban ingenuity to adapt household products and Soviet technology into these vehicles. If a car is unable to be repaired at the time, the car is usually either “parked” for future repair or “parted out” (to produce extra income for the owner’s family) so that other cars can remain on the road. During the years of Soviet Union influence on Cuba, Ladas, Moskvitchs and Volgas became the main cars imported by the communist regime, mainly for state use. As a result of these internal economic restrictions, until this day there is also no such thing as a new or used private European or Asian automotive dealership branch in Cuba for independent purchasing by normal Cubans.

The only American cars that can be purchased for private use in Cuba (with “particular” plates) are those that were previously registered for private use and acquired before the revolution. However, if the owner doesn’t have the proper paper work “called a traspaso”, the vehicle cannot be legally sold. American cars that were present, at the time of the embargo, have been preserved though loving care and ingenuity. And since there were many of these, due to the presence of a past strong Cuban middle-class classic cars have been the standard, rather than an exception in Cuba.

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As a child my plane crashed in the Himalayas & I was raised by an advanced civilisation that taught me photography, ESP & precognition, no, wait that was the Champions wasn’t it?

Ah well, 50+ & getting more muddled by the day.

Hope you enjoy my work, and feel free to buy anything you like enough. :-)

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  • Jadon
    Jadonalmost 3 years ago

    Excellent, like the processing..

  • Isabela M. Lamuño
    Isabela M. Lamuñoalmost 3 years ago

    Ah…. Those colors and composition are heartwarming and nostalgic. Great shot!

  • Peter Stone
    Peter Stonealmost 3 years ago

    Great shot Dave, hope you are keeping OK mate

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithalmost 3 years ago

    Great shot Dave,….Looks like it seen better days,….Not back though for a old 50 ford,…

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1almost 3 years ago

    Great shot, Dave – I would love to go back to that village

  • Berns
    Bernsalmost 3 years ago

    Love it dave!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • JodieT
    JodieTalmost 3 years ago

    Whatever you did – you did great!
    A very appealing image – love the tones.

  • buttonpresser
    buttonpresseralmost 3 years ago

    Featured in shameless self promotion 20/02/12 Cheers!

  • walela
    walelaalmost 3 years ago

    A 1949 Ford?

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