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Ghost Bus At The House Of Spirits

Posted by
Bettina (Los Angeles, United States) on 6 September 2010 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

One more shot as I stayed pressed against the wall, with no tripod, holding my breath. I know this is done a lot, the bus blur, but I liked that you could see a person walking into the liquor store, and I am posting it so Ronnie can go on vacation.
Hit another busy streak. Be right back!

NIKON D3000 1/6 second F/4.5 ISO 800 43 mm (35mm equiv.)

PATRICK from miramas, France

splendid 5*****

6 Sep 2010 5:06am

Gary from Cochise County, United States

Makes it look like one of those 1950's diners. Sometimes the best results are by accident. Unless you planned it exactly like this, then your genius.

6 Sep 2010 5:14am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

very cool shot

6 Sep 2010 5:17am

Bill Brown from California, United States

Excellent capture!

6 Sep 2010 5:33am

M@ndy from London, United Kingdom

you know I have never captured one of theses shots,* clap clap*

6 Sep 2010 5:41am

@M@ndy: Thank you, thank you, I take a bow. :))

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Interesting to see/feel the bus move past, but also be able to see through the bus to the liquor store.
Never mind it being 'done a lot.' My take is we all get to do our OWN versions of an iconic least once, and more if it is our own unique expression ! And this one is. Good going, Bettina !

6 Sep 2010 5:42am

silver from k, Iran

it is fantastic the bus moving the reflection standing still nice

6 Sep 2010 5:46am

Cruz from exurbia, United States

I feel like I’m in an art-deco world with rounded corners and “modern” lighting. And then the best part is the person walking in the shop and it’s completely in focus. Great shot! I wonder if it can be done again?

6 Sep 2010 5:53am

@Cruz: You're right! That bus does have an art deco look. I didn't see it, only felt it. :)

roeb from rotterdam, Netherlands

no two blur's the same; this one is perfect

6 Sep 2010 6:07am

ORBIT from Kerman, Iran

Yes, I can see! AMAZING, Gooooood job, Bravooo. : ))

6 Sep 2010 6:08am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Your breathcontrol is very good! and so is this shot!

6 Sep 2010 6:17am

Nina from Haute Loire, France

No wonder that ghosts exist ... Our cameras see them!

6 Sep 2010 6:31am

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Well held, everything is so clear through the bus. Superb.

6 Sep 2010 6:32am

Kimhe from Singapore, Singapore

Wow really looks ghostly. The lines of the bus moving across are awesome!

6 Sep 2010 6:42am

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

I'm soooooo confused with the light pole and the star on the top of the photo! Why everything looks so familar with the previous picture but many things look so different at the same time, too!? Finally I opened my mind and understood that it is the shuttling bus which so nicely appeared in great time and changes the scene all at once! Excellent theatre performance! You are a great magician!

6 Sep 2010 6:45am

Sonia Nansid from Barcelona Stockholm, Sweden

Thats the bus you talked about yesterday.... It ended up by being a cool shot and I agree, its great to see the people from the other side.

6 Sep 2010 6:49am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Bravo because it is not easy to do this picture, the effect of speed is superb. Beautiful day.

6 Sep 2010 7:16am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

To quickly pass the spirits. We do not have time to enjoy its charms! An amazing image, full of magnetic power! How many things can you tell us a valued photographic magic! What could be better than a picture directly to our imagination ... that l'opens wide and makes us question ...? Bettina Gracia these good morning full of energy and charming! Best regards, Adela

6 Sep 2010 7:23am

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

fantastic . good timimg:))~!!

6 Sep 2010 7:25am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

I think I'll wait the nex one to my house :))
Very good shot!

6 Sep 2010 7:33am

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

priceless...5*. just simply that!

6 Sep 2010 7:35am

k@ from Paris, France

I love this very painterly version of the ghost bus, the red is just stunning and yes, to be able to see through makes it very original, even the white car parked seems on the verge of entering the place. And i'm fond of the green & red lights on the right, the yellow in the red of the bus, as if in fire, and the spot of lights shining everywhere, the Moon-like hanging up there in the middle and that white zebra stuff like worn sheet of paper suspended on top of the bus. This runaway bus offers a lot to enjoy !

6 Sep 2010 7:46am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Whoooosh - I can hear it passing by - fantastic shot and extra special because no tripod. You have very steady hands.

6 Sep 2010 7:59am

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

I like the contrast -- the different feel -- from yesterday's. And who can resist the lights?

6 Sep 2010 8:21am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Great!!! The bus of the night: dreams and reality in a single moment of life.

6 Sep 2010 8:25am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Great capture.. love the motion in this shot.

6 Sep 2010 8:32am

peter.K from blue mountains, Australia

great blurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr and great colour!!!

6 Sep 2010 8:52am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Well caught ! a nice colored shot , Phil.

6 Sep 2010 8:54am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

It may be done a lot, but rarely so well. Excellent. For no reason that I can think of as it seems entirely unrelated the song 'Riders on the Storm' by the Doors cam tinkling in to my mind as I looked at this. Must be the House of Spirits at work :)

6 Sep 2010 9:21am

@grouser: Riders On The Storm relate to ghosts and spirits, I think. That, or you're having a flashback. ;)

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Wow! Elle est superbe cette image, j'adore le bel effet de mouvement, les lumières et le personnage dans le magasin! Un tout grand bravo Bettina!

6 Sep 2010 9:38am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Great...magical shot..5*****

6 Sep 2010 10:07am

Gonzalo Sirgo from Tarragona, Spain

Only speed...even in the night

6 Sep 2010 10:07am

The MaJor from TM HooD, Iran

excellent Bettina.its so nice

6 Sep 2010 10:08am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Not easy to do without tripod... I tried several times but had no result. Carrying a tripod everywhere is also a pain, so I really need to "plan" it. You did great... really ! Have a wonderful day Bettina :)

6 Sep 2010 11:06am

Antoine from France

Superb photo and excellent work. Have a lovely day Bettina.

6 Sep 2010 11:12am

@Antoine: Thank you, Antoine! Have a lovely day!

Suji from tehran, Iran

These two latest photos are so nice particularly in color composition! the latest was fascinating for it's transmitting sense of "need to drink!" and now, in this one, a bus (if i understood correctly) is passing over this need!
good luck Bettina!

6 Sep 2010 11:15am

@Suji: Great way to see it! The bus creates a shield from this need.

hadi from shiraz, Iran

Congratulation!!! you find a way to run from your troubles. dont you?!!

6 Sep 2010 11:36am

@hadi: LOL. You're right! I took the bus! ;)

Larry Lefever from Lititz, United States

One of the things I love about still photography is the way in which it shows us a world that we can't appreciate through normal seeing. Images with fantastic bokeh, or in this case a beautiful blur. We just don't see that way, until a talented photographer as yourself show us.

6 Sep 2010 1:17pm

@Larry Lefever: Thanks, Larry! I've never quite thought of it that way. You're absolutely right. Photography extends and enhances our ability to see, and captures and brings to consciousness what only our unconscious mind can otherwise comprehend. What a fantastic gift to the experience of living.

clodagh smith from Sacramento, United States

Swoosh. I love blurry photos and those brave enough to make them. A fine one here

6 Sep 2010 1:43pm

Lougris from Toulouse, France

tu joue superbement avec les lumières de la ville !!
encore une belle réussite !!

6 Sep 2010 2:06pm

olivier Paillet from toulouse, France

Bientiful compo with this man behind the bus !!! Well done !

6 Sep 2010 2:08pm

Bruno from froyennes, Belgium

two very beautiful night shots .. especially the second one ... the bus in motion and the shop

6 Sep 2010 2:45pm

Ddo from Verdun, France

Lovely capture, love the colors of it. Like a ghost, yes :)

6 Sep 2010 3:37pm

Don from spokane, United States

A very successful image. I like the detail visible in the image too. Well done.

6 Sep 2010 3:39pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Both the car and the person are just dynamite!!!!

6 Sep 2010 3:48pm

Sarah from Suisse, Switzerland

Fantastic shot Bettina!

6 Sep 2010 4:07pm

Dana from Burbank, United States

Very cool effect. I love the person caught through the bus, framed in the liquor store door. Bravo.

6 Sep 2010 4:13pm

Sunder from Chennai, India


6 Sep 2010 4:21pm

❀ Yvonne Simons ❀ from Tilburg, Netherlands

A great photo, fantastic job

6 Sep 2010 4:25pm

Michl from Bietigheim, Germany

Congrats on this one and the one from yesterday! 1/6 second? I guess there aren't many people watching a booze shop for that long without getting shaky hands ;-)

6 Sep 2010 4:33pm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

This was well worth missing the flight for, Bettina ! I'm viewing having been called to the Security Suite on Level 8 . . you sure know how to pull in the Visitors with a dream shot like this. Brill !

6 Sep 2010 4:46pm

@Ronnie 2¢: Thanks for suggesting it. I hope you have a fabulous time. That is if they ever let you out of security. What with your long rap sheet and all...

trilliana from Munich, Germany

great you shot when the bus passed by, the perfect moment when the windows where in the right position. this framing is terrific.

6 Sep 2010 4:59pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

This is fantastic! The bus lends to our sense of emergency, quick need for the drink, and the man walking into the store is the real act, and the blur is the mind, and it all fits together so perfectly for mind, spirit, body. Great serendipity. You are "in-tune" with the universe, Bettina. At least this moment in the universe...

6 Sep 2010 5:09pm

@LauraS: Thank you so much for this wonderful comment, Laura! I love that you say in tune with the universe. I'm always aware of it. And these moments are just that. :)

Manola from Bassens, France

fantastic.... very beautiful.;;-)))

6 Sep 2010 5:10pm

alex centrella from California, United States


6 Sep 2010 5:24pm

Metti from shiraz, Iran

This title is best sense for your pic... and again beautiful pic and magical shot... realy magical... Liquid color, Straight color, stable back.
Bravo dear friend.

6 Sep 2010 5:40pm

danou-yepa from Nice, France

wowww great , fantastic shot !!!! 5*

6 Sep 2010 5:43pm

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

This is wonderful! Very creative and unique! Love the effect and colors! Superb! I think I see James Dean! :)

6 Sep 2010 5:55pm

k@ from Paris, France

(i promise i won't put 2 comms a day on your page but i love to watch images when night falls, the photo on the screen is much better and let me tell you yours here is just terrific - seems a paint brush movement on a glass, yum-yum !)

6 Sep 2010 6:21pm

@k@: Haha, I wish you would. It would make my day! :) Thank you again! Yum yum. :))

ZeWill68 from Murviel les Béziers, France

I didn't know you had the power to stop the time Miss Bettina.

6 Sep 2010 6:42pm

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

I like how you did a before and after shot with the light blurring. Really fun to see the differences.

6 Sep 2010 7:05pm

Xerophytes from London, United Kingdom


That's such a shot! Very nice!!

6 Sep 2010 7:45pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

WOW this is so cool, I agree the person entering the shot seen through the bus adds so much to this, you sure have steady hands

6 Sep 2010 7:57pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Very nice effect, and really dynamic with this red colors !!!

6 Sep 2010 8:05pm

STEED from Somewhere, France

Long Bus running !!!!!!! Excellent picture,excellent words.......What else???? We've all for pleasure,here....

6 Sep 2010 8:12pm

JoeB from Brampton, Canada

What I like is that its such a natural blur, no set up over a highway, a burst of yellow, orange, red, and stillness caught in a fraction.

6 Sep 2010 8:43pm

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

A vacation as in, barmaid pour me a vacation?

6 Sep 2010 8:49pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Fantastic with this blur! your timing was perfect!

6 Sep 2010 8:58pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Did Ronnie miss his flight? I hope not! But I will miss him too :)
Wonderful shot! Yes, it's amazing to see the person through the train! Love this!

6 Sep 2010 9:00pm

Belen from Spain

It´s incredible Bettina! I couldn´t close my mouth yet. Fantastic!
All my kisses (my PC is seriously ill, excuse my latters answers).

6 Sep 2010 9:02pm

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

WOW!! This is one of my favorites of yours! I love it. Superb lighting and to think you didn't even use a tripod! Bravo!
5 stars for sure

6 Sep 2010 10:26pm

Susan from Sausalito, United States

I thought this was a shot of a diner as you were flying past in your car! Wonderfully moving, literally, and vivid

6 Sep 2010 11:51pm

Becky from los angeles, United States

Wow - I love the view through the bus! Fantastic - good breath holding! GREAT action - grand shot!

7 Sep 2010 2:06am

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

Great time lapse work on this one!

7 Sep 2010 2:55am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, Canada

What wonderful colour.

7 Sep 2010 3:30am

Seraphine from San Francisco, Uganda

you meet a lot of interesting people outside of liquor stores. at least, you do if you don't stay pressed aginst the wall too long... you probably became part of the background.

7 Sep 2010 3:48am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A very nice effect executed expertly it seems to me. I love it.

7 Sep 2010 4:54am

Chris Pereira from San Jose, CA, United States

fantastic shot! I absolutely love the color and the motion in this picture!

7 Sep 2010 5:08am

shoti from somewhere in, China

brilliantly done! the person visible through the vehicle is really a great addition to this image!

7 Sep 2010 5:40am

Mhelene from Paris, France

Tis is really superb , beautiful and impressiv !

7 Sep 2010 6:46am

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

yeah .. this is exactly as ur title says and with all the trouble u took capturing this moment the result is great !

happy vocation to Ronnie :)

7 Sep 2010 6:54am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

It's all a blur. . . .great shot.

7 Sep 2010 7:13am

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

Excellent slow capture!

7 Sep 2010 8:19am

Christian Richer from Le Havre, France

Fascinating image ... I especially like the nice and sweet reflection of the shop, right ...

7 Sep 2010 12:28pm

DomLortha from Roanne, France

Wow! Terrific shot, an explosion of colors!
Have a nice day.

7 Sep 2010 12:30pm

tataray from france, France

Excellent ... ))
Géniale compo.

7 Sep 2010 12:33pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

magical motion capture ,bettina !
five stars !
kiss !

7 Sep 2010 2:25pm

missparis from PARIS, France

Excellent !!!

7 Sep 2010 4:09pm

Véronique from Here & Now, France

Very well done, pictures in the pictures !
I love your ghost way of shot !

7 Sep 2010 4:37pm

Gloutonnerie Visuelle from PARIS, France

Spun, transparency, movement, what the city can be beautiful !
I like very much the unreal Effect

7 Sep 2010 7:16pm

@Gloutonnerie Visuelle: I love that interpretation. Great expression of it. Thanks so much!


Superbe effet!!Bravo!!

7 Sep 2010 8:30pm

@BOCCONE CLAIRE: Thank you, Claire!!

Howard F. from South Pasadena, Calif., United States

Speaking of Echo, I like the green echoing to the right. Cool shot. Another observation: the man through the MTA window, is that a zombie looking for booze at night ;)))

7 Sep 2010 11:20pm

@Howard F.: That green echoing must be the name or number of the bus or the location. I loved that little detail, too. The zombie is carrying a very large bag for a liquor store. ;)

MMC Photos from THE COLONY, United States

Looks like a train going by fast. Great shot.

8 Sep 2010 1:02am

@MMC Photos: These buses actually do go quite fast. Like a freight train. Sometimes it's scary!

ORBIT from Kerman, Iran

HELLOOOOOOOOOOOO???????????? : ))

8 Sep 2010 1:37am

@ORBIT: Helllllooooooo!!! Sorry, busy again for only a day. Back real soon!

ISO from Bogota, Colombia

I really find this shot fascinating ... oustanding

8 Sep 2010 2:54am

dan from Paris, France

There are not more than free-running lights at night and hardly the time to see the ghosts.

8 Sep 2010 7:38am

d_Dub from Columbia, SC, United States

Perfect timing and nice color saturation!

8 Sep 2010 8:11am

Charles from Bruxelles, Belgium

Superbe !!!

8 Sep 2010 8:50am

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland


8 Sep 2010 9:20am

KIJI from Valenciennes, France

always a pleasure to contemplate your work! very good :)

8 Sep 2010 10:29am

Philip from Reading, United Kingdom

great name for an album. shot!

8 Sep 2010 1:26pm

melocoton from Spain


8 Sep 2010 4:11pm

@melocoton: Thank youuuuuuuuu! :)

Loïc from Nîmes, France


8 Sep 2010 5:31pm

Céline from New York City, United States

Wow ! You did this with no tripod !?! I like it even more !

9 Sep 2010 1:19am

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Awesome shot! I love this....5 stars all the way.

9 Sep 2010 5:02am

Tomix from landerneau, France

great shot!! amazing this car so sharp through the window...

9 Sep 2010 7:41pm

Fokkio from Netherlands

Spooky. Well done!

10 Sep 2010 7:20am

S from Sala al Barro, Italy

Yeah great, the person through the bus is just perfect :D

14 Sep 2010 4:28pm

1/6 second
ISO 800
43 mm (35mm equiv.)