From the Rooftops

From the Rooftops

Looking across Havana Harbor from Morro Castle at sunset.

 Mine was the twilight and the morning. Mine was a world of rooftops and love songs.

___Roman Payne

Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand

As photographers, we continually struggle to find a unique, a slightly different point of view, from which to tell our story. When we are on the roof, we see things from a different perspective.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat, Combodia

The horizon is further, what we can take in, much more.

Banos, Ecuador

Banos, Ecuador

May you always have walls for the winds, a roof for the rain, tea beside the fire, laughter to cheer you, those you love near you and all your heart might desire.

___Irish Blessing

Les Cayes, Haiti

Les Cayes, Haiti

A leaking roof may fool sunny weather, but cannot fool the rain.
___Haitian Proverb

Stone Town, Zanzibar

Stone Town, Zanzibar

The two images above look remarkably similar, but were taken half a world apart. The first in Les Cayes, Haiti, and the next in Stone Town, Zanzibar. The more things change, the more they stay the same, or so it seems.

Havana, Cuba

Havana, Cuba

Overall, I was happiest to be alone; for it was then I was most aware of what I possessed. Free to look out over the rooftops of the city. 

___Roman Payne

Selinas, Ecuador

Salinas, Ecuador

A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain.

___Mark Twain

Tampa, Florida

Tampa, Florida

And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.

___Ronald Dahl

Ron Mayhew

Fine Art Photographer specializing in Still Life and Commercial Photography.

This Post Has 31 Comments

  1. Fabulous images, Ron. Havana looks so built up. Incredible! The harbor is my favourite view, and I love the Roald Dahl quote. 🙂

    1. Thank you Sylvia. Havana is a big, but sadly, run down city.

  2. Love the texture of the rooftop against the sky. And the colors. Beautiful!

    1. Thank you so much Emilio, and thank you for visiting.

  3. Love the collection of crumbly rooftops…

    1. Thank you Sue. I love your word “crumbly.” 🙂

      1. It’s quite descriptive, isn’t it?

  4. Another beautiful series of images, Ron. I adore your photography. I love the umbrella and the rooftops in Bangkok, Stone Town and Ecuador the best. 🙂

  5. Wonderful post as always Ron. Not surprised by the lovely exotic cities but stunned by the beauty of Tampa – who knew???!!! And truly love that Dahl quote. Will have to steal that at some future point 🙂

    1. Yes, Tampa has really cleaned itself up, especially its riverfront. Help yourself to the Dahl quote. I’ll never tell. 🙂

  6. Great series of shots Ron…and I like how you addressed this topic of photography. Best is using the amazing set of images from around the world…and are so diverse themselves. The Morro Castle and Havana shots are my two faves, but all that was outdone by the Roald Dahl quote, one of my favorites 🙂

    1. Thanks Randall. I take it as a real compliment coming from you. Yes, Havana is a photographers dream.

      1. One day I do hope to make it there…as silly as it sounds, I would like to go there before all the old beautiful autos from the 50s are replaced by the generic designs of today. You are lucky to have had such a great experience, and captured it so well.

        1. Not silly at all. You should go sooner rather than later. Havana is slowly be surely loosing its “stuck in the 50’s” charm as the economy and standard of living continues to improve. When, as I hope, Cuba/US relations improve things there will change very quickly.

  7. What a wonderful post! So rich! I like all your quotes but the last is my favourite! plus the Haitian proverb! I am particularly drawn to the rooftops over Havana! It’s like their colour is still crying out against time. 🙂

    1. Thank you Gigi. There are so many lovely and insightful Haitian proverbs.

  8. I love the rooftops – intriguing, stories hatching as you peer across! ~SueBee

    1. Thank you SueBee. A lot of history under those roofs.

  9. Great Fotos Ron; what camera an lens combo do you use ??
    Thanks John !!

    1. Thanks John. I use Panasonic Lumix micro 4/3 bodies and lenses.

  10. Intriguing series of photos that reflect the world’s diversity. The Havana Harbor is my favorite. Some day soon (on my short list).

    1. Thanks Carol. I hope you can make it to Cuba soon. It is rapidly changing.

  11. Absolutely stunning images!

  12. Love how you’ve brought out details from the shadows in the post-processing of Morro Castle at sunset.

    1. Thanks. It was made with five exposures and processed as HDR. Couldn’t quite get what I saw in my minds eye, but am pleased.

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