Long Walk on Cayo Santa Maria Beach (Cuba)

Cayo Santa Maria is by far my favorite place in Cuba. This location is famous for having the longest natural beach in Cuba, reaching 12 km along the north coast of the island.

Travel Photography Blog - Cuba. Cayo Santa Maria
Cuba. Cayo Santa Maria
Loc: 22.6628, -79.0018

When we started to travel to Cayo Santa Maria a few years back it was not very developed, with only two smaller resorts there. Sometimes we could spend an entire day exploring the area and not see another person.

In the featured photo, we are walking back to our resort at the end of the day, dead-tired but satisfied.

Besides the beautiful beaches the main attraction of Cayo Santa Maria its remoteness, and as a result, its untouched nature. The place is a dream as a tropical travel photography destination.

Deconstructing Featured Photo

Travel Photography Blog: 3 Bracketed Shots (-1; 0; +1 )
  • Camera:  Canon 60D
  • Lens: Sigma 17-70mm
  • Focal Length: 33mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Aperture: F8
  • Bracketing: 3 shots ( -1, 0, +1 )
  • Tripod: Handheld

Processing: HDR Processed in Photoshop HDR Pro

Lightroom: import, tagging, export to Photoshop HDR Pro
Photoshop: 3 exposures ( -1, 0, +1) were used to tone map image, 32-bit tiff image was saved to Lightroom (check my free guide “Natural Looking HDR Workflow“)
Lightroom: straightening, perspective correction, export as PSD image
Photoshop:  cleaning
Photoshop Plugins:

by Viktor Elizarov
I am a travel photographer and educator from Montreal, Canada, and a founder of PhotoTraces. I travel around the world and share my experiences here. Feel free to check my Travel Portfolio and download Free Lightroom Presets.

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