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How to save a Peso

How to save a Peso
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11923 W: 126 N: 21559] (110447)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-05-20
Categories: Humorous
Camera: Sony DSC HX200v
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-07-28 16:18
Viewed: 2651
Points: 116
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

In all places of the world, close to tourist sites, you can find people dressed in an original way, ready to take pictures with tourists in exchange for a small reward. And even Cuba is no exception. But very often tourists do not mess, I saw so many curious scenes and humorous or large zooming to avoid paying. Or do as I do, climb the bell tower of the cathedral and ..ehehehe ... enjoy!


In tutti i luoghi del mondo,vicino a luoghi di interesse turistico,si possono trovare persone vestite in maniera originale pronte a fare foto assieme ai turisti in cambio di una piccola ricompensa. Ed anche Cuba non fa eccezzione. Ma molto spesso i turisti fanno i furbi,ho visto tante scene curiose ed umoristiche o grandi zoomate per evitare di pagare. Oppure fate come me,salite sul campanile della cattedrale e ..ehehehe...buon divertimento!


Dans tous les endroits du monde, à proximité de sites touristiques, vous pouvez trouver des gens habillés dans un prêt d'origine pour prendre des photos avec les touristes en échange d'une petite récompense. Et même Cuba ne fait pas exception. Mais très souvent, les touristes ne plaisante pas, je l'ai vu tant de scènes curieuses et zoom humoristique ou grande pour éviter de payer. Ou est-ce que je fais, monter sur la tour de la cloche de la cathédrale et ..ehehehe ... Enjoy!


En todos los lugares del mundo, cerca de lugares de interés turístico, se puede encontrar gente vestida en una lista inicial para tomar fotos con los turistas a cambio de una pequeña recompensa. Y aunque Cuba no es una excepción. Pero muy a menudo los turistas no hacen lío, vi tantas escenas curiosas y zoom humorística o grande para evitar el pago. ¿O como yo, subir a la torre del campanario de la catedral y ..ehehehe ... disfruto!

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Che bravo! Una coloratissima e perfettamente emblematica scenetta di vita locale. Ma...come ci sei salito sul campanile?
Anna Paola Cracco

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4190 W: 2 N: 7159] (35044)
  • [2015-07-28 16:39]

Hello Luciano,
Interesting street scene.Nice detailed picture with a wonderful sharpness.Interesting notes.
Nice presentation.

Ciao Luciano,
This is a colorful and interesting scene, especially seen from your high POV. :-) I like the dresses that the women are wearing, and also the man's black and white shoes. It's strange that there is actual furniture sitting on the sidewalk. It looks like they brought their living room out into the street. :-)

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10227 W: 174 N: 18146] (80623)
  • [2015-07-28 17:42]


nice flagrant of the daily life of these people waiting for tourist money. I never tried top take images of them because I never know how would be the price and I don't want to ask about. in cuzco a small girl gave me lots of troubles when I paid her less money than she wanted, girls from a restaurant save me.



Hi Luciano,

It's an interesting street scene filled with vibrant colours from the local costumes. Nice candid shot. Great that you don't have to pay, because it's not worth it, and anyway, the subjects will not be natural when they are posing for money !! In Nepal, we wanted to take pics of the sadhus, but they want USD20 for it. I tried to zoom from afar, unfortunately here was no bell tower ! :)


Dear Luciano,

Lovely image shared by you. Colours are excellent especially the lady in the left wear very good clothes. Daily life is well shown by you. Compositions is excellent.


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  • Periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 715 W: 129 N: 1144] (7625)
  • [2015-07-28 22:57]

Hi Luciano
These women remind me to those that I saw in Cartagena, some weeks ago.
Your point of view was good for showing this scene with an interesting perspective.
Perfect sharpness as usual on your photos.


Salut Luciano,
Un angle intéressant pour capturer cette scène, jolies couleurs et belle présentation avec le cachet dans l'angle et le pied qui déborde sur le cadre blanc, bien fait.

Ciao Luciano
un buon metodo e un ottimo pov.
La scena è bella e colorata e la vista dall'alto è molto più originale.
Mi piacerebbe vedere la foto del turista che ha fatto la stessa cosa con te a terra....
Buona giornata

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10378 W: 146 N: 25981] (125665)
  • [2015-07-28 23:42]
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Ciao Lucianmo, probably I should feel not comfortably when i do not pay locals for photos, but I do not like paying. And taking picture "from the hip" you make more spontaneous scenes. well observed from Above and using zoom. I like the sitting guy. Did they still dress like this or is it only for tourists? Interesting idea this stamp on the postcard.

WArm, regards from Warsaw

Hi Luciano,
Very fine street scene, a picturesque corner in attractive colors. Well observed, interesting framing.


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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9874 W: 157 N: 16079] (126553)
  • [2015-07-29 0:05]

Witaj Luciano!
Interesting scene from street.
Good framing and colours.
I like this daily life.
Nice day

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14081 W: 0 N: 16143] (171764)
  • [2015-07-29 0:41]


Géniale scène de rue de haut et plongeante ces personnages tout habillé en couleur quelel compo avecmla grille et le pavage sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24633 W: 523 N: 41345] (177668)
  • [2015-07-29 1:03]

Ciao Luciano,

A very nice daily life picture from Cuba.
The clothing of the ladies makes your picture attractive.
Also the old man with hat is a nice addition.
Nice taken out of the height.
An excellent composition, lovely presentation too.
Very well done, TFS.

Have a nice day,

Ciao Luciano! Cuba libre! Wonderful high point of view. Smooth people. Fine scene. Fine poses. Nice colours. Good cut and frame. Regards!

Hello Luciano,
climbing the bell tower to avoid paying for the shot may be a little extreme,however the resultant image is bright amusing and a cracking photograph of everyday life in Cuba and of course the money saved can go towards the next trip...
Warm regards Les.

Hello Luciano,
Bell towers are often great places för surprising photos. This one is remarkably colorful and amusing. The persons also placed themselves neatly into a perfect composition, and you presented it very nicely. The clarity and the distinct details are superb.
Best wishes,

Hello Luciano,
A most ingenious way to avoid paying and capture a great scene at the same time! The four protagonists all with different 'poses' are ideally placed in relation to one another forming a lozenge. Very well exposed with beautiful vivid colours and superb clarity.

Caro Luciano

Un gran bel POV, quello dell'aquile. Ottimi i colori e nitidezza. Mi piacciono molto i costume tradizionali della gente ed il contrasto con il uomo nel primo piano. Complimentoni e buon lavoro.

Un abbraccio

Bonjour Luciano,

Tu as bien capturé l'action de ces personnes qui attendent les touristes. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails de leurs vêtements. La bonne luminosité fait ressortir les couleurs. Bonne journée.


Ciao Luciano

Il semble que tu as réussi ton pari et sauvé quelques pesos.On voit bien les belles couleurs des vêtements des dames mais on ne voit as vraiment leur sourire souvent faux,J'ai personnellement payé pour la vieille dame au cigare.



interesting and amazing frame you captured.

Ciao Luciano, ne hai fatte di scale per risparmiare sto peso, bene cos' che ti fa bene, smaltisci un po' di peso in eccesso, deliziosa scenetta, gran POV e ottima nitidezza, bravo, ciao Silvio

Ciao Luciano,
un punto di vista da spia, molto originale e con risultato intrigatissimo. La scena di vita quotidiana, l' interazione tra le persone ed anche i costuni pittoreschi sono molto piu' interessanti visti da qui che come fossero da un punto di vista ordinario, con pose gentili ma fredde. Mi piace moltissimo questa scena in cui tutti sono annoiati ma interessanti. Prospettiva, dettagli e colori sono stupendi. I piede posizionato fuori il quadro fu un' idea meravigliosa. Complimenti e grazie!
Tanti saluti e buon pomeriggio,

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3449 W: 0 N: 7971] (57329)
  • [2015-07-29 8:38]

Your high POV makes the scene more attractive, colorful clothes and very sharp details, I don,t wonder that you were attracted by this scene, very well captured
regards Ryszard

I do the same thing in Las Vegas with many street performers in downtown but I do give money to some. There are street performers all over, I thought about becoming one but I don't have special talent. Nice capture of this scene from above. Good details and wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.

Ciao nepotino mio
Dal l'alto in basso. Functiona bene... ed e anchora meno costoso. E una foto che fa ridere anche perche parla di una situatione conosciuta. Molto originale.
Ciao e bella serata

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  • Didi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8687 W: 4463 N: 15271] (61475)
  • [2015-07-29 16:51]

Ciao Luciano
Un point de vue dominant sur cette intéressante scène
Tu as de la chance d'avoir un clocher à ta disposition pour économiser des sous :)
Mais il y a mieux, il existe dans le commerce des téléobjectifs à miroir à 90°, tu vises devant toi où il n'y a personne, mais tu photographies un personnage situé perpendiculairement

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  • Uhu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 727 W: 0 N: 1712] (8609)
  • [2015-07-29 18:03]

I have to say - I do not understand the note. I mean, I really do not understand, what was meant here. Anyway! Photo is very good - as always!

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  • berek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7512 W: 201 N: 7196] (50508)
  • [2015-07-29 23:23]

Dear Luciano,
An interesting angle to capture this scene, pretty colors and beautiful presentation with the stamp in the corner and walk that goes beyond the white frame.
Best Wishes

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13700 W: 295 N: 27475] (110383)
  • [2015-07-30 0:38]

Ciao Luciano,
nice this colourful snapshot with all these natives to are waiting to earn some pesos from the passing by tourists.Excellent the abobve photo with the clarity to be unique.


Hello, Luciano!

Great idea to take pictures of them without having to pay! And the POV is very nice to show this daily life scene in a different manner! I'll follow this suggestion of yours the next time I travel! Excellent job!

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  • clic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2653 W: 0 N: 3112] (20996)
  • [2015-07-30 11:06]

Cial Luciano
You talked about a clever tric indeed but consider the price of a zoom lens, compared to a few coins on the street!!
Anyway your down firing is quite attractive as well as your artistry showing the foot going out of frame!

Ciao Luciano, molto bella foto di questa scena interessante della vita quotidiana, ben composto e catturata in questa immagine interessante con acutezza buona, luce, colore e qualità. Un grande lavoro ben fatto, complimenti il mio amico. Grazie per aver condiviso questo lavoro interessante.

Buona sera e fine settimana felice.
Tutto il meglio dal sud della Spagna.

Dobro vece.
Interesantan pogled na mesto i ljude, dobar tekst ...
Lepo pokazano, dobra ostrina i kontrast, lepo uhvacen trenutak sa ljudima u narodnoj nosnji.
Prijatno vece i mirna noc, sve najbolje.

An interesting view of the place and its people, a good text ...
Nice demonstrated, good sharpness and contrast nicely captured the moment with people in folk costumes.
Good evening and peaceful night, all the best.

Hi Luciano,

What a beauty of composition with these four people. Each one looking to different directions. The colors and sharpness are excellent. Very original work !



Hello Luciano,
very beautiful capture of street scene. I love the colors, sharpness, clarity. Great job. Awesome.
Warm regards,

Not a tourists typical trap, Luciano, just local people who try to make a living, out on the big city.
Yes, we see such scenes everywhere, most are harmless - but some places it is not easy to avoid.
Nice taken from the bell-tower balcony. The man in red shirt seems to had "steped" out from the frame...

Hi Luciano
Oh yes, I knew exactly what was going on here even before I read your note!

I try to avoid these people as well, as sometimes they can be very aggressive and almost beg you to take a photo with them for money. But I guess we all have to make a living right!

Smart idea to go to a place where they can't follow you! haha

excellent colors, excellent pov. My favorite person in this scene has to be the man in the white hat! Cool looking dude!


Ciao Luciano
troppo forte!!! Seguirò il tuo consiglio e salirò sicuramente sul tetto di qualche chiesa o palazzo.
I personaggi sono troppo pittoreschi mi ricordo quando ci sono andata anch'io.

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14493 W: 1047 N: 29302] (138504)
  • [2015-07-31 11:43]

Ciao Luciano,

I like the man's foot outside the frame to add a 3d effect. Good downward pov and excellent sharpness. The colorful women's dresses contrast against the rather drably dressed tourists. Tfs.

Hello dear Luciano,
Amazing birdseye view of this interesting and colorfull Street scenery in Havana !
Nice framing and interesting notes.
TFS and have a nice weekend

Ciao Caro Luciano,

Never mind saving a peso, I just love the situation! It looks as if the characters are living out on the street, or they are getting themselves comfortable to watch a parade! I just couldn't imagine seeing a situation like this in the U.K., well not in recent times!!
A great viewpoint enables us to get a very good overview, to appreciate the composition, the textures and, most of all, the characters.

Have a lovely w/e,
Bev :-)

Hello Luciano,
C'est une jolie scène de la vie courante à La Havane, j'aime beaucoup le cadrage en contre plongée ainsi que le pied de l'homme qui déborde dans le cadre, le cachet aussi, c'est vraiment créatif et bien fait, bravo!


Everything has already been said, from me just - delightfully!

Have a nice weekend!

Hello Luciano,
I like the burst of colors in the middle of a rather colorless environment. I also like the way you have placed the gentleman's right foot slightly out of the frame. Well done, as usual!

Ciao Luciano,
Une jolie scène de la vie quotidienne et une image qui raconte une histoire. Les personnages portent de belles couleurs qui ressortent bien dans ce décor de pierre. J'aime bien le détail du pied qui sort du cadre, une bonne trouvaille ! En filmant ces gens à leur insu, tu as non seulement réussi à prendre la scène sur le vif, mais tu t'es économisé aussi de l'argent. Tu as très bien fait ainsi !
Bon week-end.

Ciao Luciano,
gratis e da un p.o.v. diverso dal solito. i colori sono bellissimi soprattutto della donna in piedi a sinistra.

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9304 W: 57 N: 15753] (58348)
  • [2015-08-01 13:29]

Hello Luciano,
Great photo from a fantastic POV. The colourful dresses and the red shirt of the man contrast wonderfully with the grey pavement. Great work! Thanks for sharing!

Hi Luciano,
Very lively and colorful scene and the placement of the people is almost north, south, east and west. If I could ask, how did you get the result that the tourists foot is outside the picture and in the border, it looks so unusual!

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 268 N: 3085] (103038)
  • [2015-08-02 10:22]

Ciao Luciano,
fine captured street scene. Nice presentation of daily life in Habana. Good comment and photo-work.
Have a nice evening.

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15717 W: 159 N: 27499] (144212)
  • [2015-08-03 14:24]

Ciao Luciano
Intéressante scène de rue, colorées, pleine de détails , le POV bien choisi :-)
j'aime le cachet dans le coin de l'image, vraiment une belle image
bonne nuit

Salut Luciano,
j'aime beaucoup tes scènes de rue avec ces gens très colorés. Super beau. bonne soirée

Dear Luciano
Excellent and very nice street life scene taken feom excellent high pioint of view.
Nice detailed picture with a wonderful colors and perfect sharpness.
Original composed image.
Kind regards

Hello Luciano,
You took this colourful photo from an interestingly high viewpoint. I love the row of furniture and the baskets of flowers. A good moment caught and a technically very well done.
Kind Regards, Ann

Hello Luciano,your point of view immediately 'grabs' the eye, that plus your title!
Four people, but interaction only between two of them; the other two lost in their own thoughts.
A very interesting shot, excellent composition.
Great observation!
Regards Jean.

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  • adores Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5755 W: 64 N: 11341] (46939)
  • [2015-08-13 17:33]

Hi Luciano!
So colourful and full of life! I like the pov, you captured a very nice scene from the top. Hope to be there in a couple of months:)!

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  • CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2728 W: 1352 N: 3103] (39291)
  • [2015-08-14 2:12]

Bonjour Luciano

Je l'ai manquée car j'étais en vacances!
Je suis sensible à la scène, mais surtout le pied qui sort du cadre et le timbre HAVANA.
Magnifique care postale bien pensée

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