Photo Opportunity

Posted by Bettina (Los Angeles, United States) on 24 September 2010 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

The pharmacy parking lot on Sunset in Echo Park. At night families do their shopping, eat at the mobile food trucks, and kids skateboard and bike in front of Little Caesars pizza. This boy was with his little sister, their two dogs and their father. Father was shopping in the Save Alot, while the sister kept bringing the little dog to the boy, and he would skate the dog back to her. TIt became quite a theater in this well lit stage.

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Bravo pour ton coup d'oeil ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

24 Sep 2010 5:04am

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

I don't wish this place a photo studio(if it was)but I like this place to be captured in your picture!!! Very nice compo!And really it is an opportunity for shooting!

24 Sep 2010 5:07am

ORBIT from Kerman, Iran

COOL! : ))))

24 Sep 2010 5:12am

Mohsen from Tehran, Iran

Very great capture,cool opportunity ;)

24 Sep 2010 5:25am

Fade ToBLACK from tehran, Iran

Great shot bettina
well done

24 Sep 2010 6:03am

Chris Pereira from San Jose, CA, United States

great shot! good to know some background and to know what's going on in the picture

24 Sep 2010 6:03am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Very beautiful and a great atmosphere with this wonderful compo

24 Sep 2010 6:17am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Love the story. A lovely spare scene...quite an Edward Hopper-like touch to this dramatic image. I like it !!

24 Sep 2010 6:34am

roeb from rotterdam, Netherlands


24 Sep 2010 6:42am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

The curtain of the theater just opened, the piece begins:) Well done is great. Beautiful day.

24 Sep 2010 6:45am

PATRICK from miramas, France

just 5*****

24 Sep 2010 6:47am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

You are right friend! A great theater. A character acting ... and a spectator with the ability to collect moments of life! Best regards, Adela

24 Sep 2010 6:50am

oncho from granada, Spain

Gran escena , fantástico ....

24 Sep 2010 6:59am

Photome from Uden, Netherlands

Very cool shot!

24 Sep 2010 7:11am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

great shot.. very nice entertainment :).

24 Sep 2010 7:20am

Céline from Paris, France

Excellent, great timing !

24 Sep 2010 7:56am

The MaJor from TM HooD, Iran

cool capture

24 Sep 2010 7:56am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

une excellente lumière et des couleurs au top !!
belle prise !
bon week end Bettina.

24 Sep 2010 8:08am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Sometimes I wonder where you go to get all that ! Still great , Phil.

24 Sep 2010 8:24am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Photo of Photo...Lovely.

24 Sep 2010 8:40am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

You have to love the two colour scheme created by the lights, however there is a small red triangle in the top left corner which keeps distracting the eye. Perhaps it could be cloned out?

24 Sep 2010 9:02am

@Curly: You're right! Wow, I don't know how I missed that. Consider it gone. :O

k@ from Paris, France

I enjoy the story in your caption and it makes me look at the photograph with a double pleasure. First the image, that speaks to me a lot (photo & movement), then the story behind and i'm looking for the sister & even hear the dog & the skate's wheels. The light adds to the mood : cleverly cinematic for sure, comrade ;) (and i like the trolley, half hidden, suggesting the parents).

24 Sep 2010 9:03am

Christian Richer from Le Havre, France

Very nice! The character as a wink ...

24 Sep 2010 9:05am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Beautiful stage... you're completely right ! Well seen Bettina ! Have a wonderful day :)

24 Sep 2010 9:09am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

ha ha ha . . oh, my . . this is what I need - a sign that lights up to tell me exactly when to hit the button ! Priceless !!

24 Sep 2010 9:13am

Larry Lefever from Lititz, United States

What a great find. Your on personal off-Broadway show. You've a well tuned eye, Bettina. Have a great weekend.

24 Sep 2010 9:56am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

Thanks for your little story. A wonderful shot. Lovely lighting and I like how the red stands out

24 Sep 2010 10:11am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Lol on Ronnie2c-I totally agree. Great story-it brings it alive! Oh and noting your comment on Karina's blog, I had Synesthesia after a motorbile accident that rendered me unconcious for 2 days. When I woke up I smelt colours, felt sounds, and people had a odd coloured aura around them, the effect deminished to zero over a 3 month period

24 Sep 2010 10:21am

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

I like this ,Great capture and well done :)

24 Sep 2010 11:11am

69mil from Argentina, Argentina

very good capture
Good day

24 Sep 2010 11:13am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada is not often that we get clear direction such as you have found here Bettina! "Shoot Photo Here"! Well seen and captured! ;-)))

24 Sep 2010 11:53am

Don Wiley from Spokane, United States

A fine capture of this ongoing drama of brother and sister with dad thrown in occasionally. It was such a well lighted place for this too. Very nice action shot.

24 Sep 2010 12:02pm

peter.K from blue mountains, Australia

another wonderful image, your eyes are well tuned for every photographic opportunity...

24 Sep 2010 12:06pm

Iknow from Chengdu, China

wizardly and smart!! am i watching a TV show?:)
the "photo" is sightly, the condition is cool also,very well captured,Bettina!!

24 Sep 2010 12:22pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Super photo Opportunity , with really super composition . Sometimes these kind of compositions come to us themselves . We do not need to search for them. These type of photos are dearest to me ;)
Love this one !

24 Sep 2010 12:29pm

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Well observed. Just shows that all such interactions are little theatre pieces. And here we have this stage-like corner of the parking lot to prove it!

24 Sep 2010 12:50pm

Olivier from Manage, Belgium


24 Sep 2010 1:04pm

Dana from Burbank, United States

Evocative. There's something lonely in this nighttime skateboard shot. Maybe it's 'cause such wheels are associated with del sol. Or maybe it's the cast-off shopping cart, the brutal lights, the cheap concrete.

24 Sep 2010 1:55pm

... from France

i love your photography is beautiful

24 Sep 2010 1:56pm

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Great find and shot! Nice to read the whole scenery too:-)

24 Sep 2010 2:32pm

JPS from Le Havre, France

Aptly !!!

24 Sep 2010 2:39pm

clodagh smith from Sacramento, United States

This is great B. A small drama on a large stage. Love it!

24 Sep 2010 3:06pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

I am with Karine - the story really goes along with the image to make a complete piece. I am a skateboard fan - never been on one - but my favorite sign says "Skateboarding is NOT a crime" Some of my fellow oldsters don't seem to understand Barbara always tells me, "it must be tough being so perfect." This image is perfect tho....

24 Sep 2010 3:06pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Je l'ai déjà dit mais j'aime beaucoup la petite histoire qui accompagne la photo et là oui, c'est comme sur une scène de théatre et ce garçon qui passe sur son skateboard est un acteur de cette excellente compo en mouvement!

24 Sep 2010 3:09pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


24 Sep 2010 3:20pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Ha ha! Fun shot, so perfectly symmetrical. You get these rare opportunities a lot! Must be your kharma.

24 Sep 2010 3:23pm

Sunder from Chennai, India

Cool shot!
Love the composition and lighting....

24 Sep 2010 3:34pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Great shot !!! Great image , well done.

24 Sep 2010 3:57pm

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

A fantastic shot, yes a stage indeed it is. 5 stars.

24 Sep 2010 4:02pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

What a cool shot and even more so with your explanation of the area and events and interaction between him and his sister

24 Sep 2010 4:59pm

Jaap from Friesland, Netherlands

Excellent shot, very special late evenig atmosphere.

24 Sep 2010 5:31pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

You find the greatest vignettes at night. I love these little stories told through your superb photos. This one is no exception.

24 Sep 2010 5:38pm

Philip from South Wales, United Kingdom

Lovely shot with great colours.

24 Sep 2010 6:17pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

A beautiful,beautiful shot!! Really like the mood and colors on this one!

24 Sep 2010 6:36pm

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Thats what the blog is all about, catching the moment, just great.

24 Sep 2010 6:46pm

olivier Paillet from toulouse, France

Great catch !! Love your shot ! Beautiful work !! well done !

24 Sep 2010 6:46pm

DomLortha from Roanne, France

GReat composition; I like the red letters over the running man; nice!
Have a nice day.

24 Sep 2010 6:51pm

tataray from france, France

Un super cliché ... Bien vu !.. ))

24 Sep 2010 6:51pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

The blank wall as a back drop to this scene of your Photo theatre is inspired. Great shot Bettina

24 Sep 2010 6:53pm

melocoton from Spain

fabulosa, 5*****, perfecta síntesis.

24 Sep 2010 8:05pm

Jurgen from Sydney, Australia

nice photo and your text adds so much more and to this capture of a moment

24 Sep 2010 9:02pm

Gary from Cochise County, United States

I love the light and space. You could not have positioned the skateboarder in a better spot. It feels just right.

24 Sep 2010 9:16pm

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

If the sign says so :) Nice opportunity.

24 Sep 2010 9:53pm

Terral from Ponoka, Alberta, Canada

Great lighting. Would be fun to watch as they took the dog back and forth.

24 Sep 2010 10:06pm

Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia

indeed!!! well captured

24 Sep 2010 10:26pm

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

I love that it says Photo over the top!

24 Sep 2010 11:34pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, Canada

That is my favourite urban shot of the day.

24 Sep 2010 11:46pm

Becky from los angeles, United States

Fantasico! Love the story and the image.

25 Sep 2010 1:17am

Vaido from Võrumaa, Estonia

Interesting urban stage, good story, well framed!

25 Sep 2010 3:39am

Chetan from Gurgaon, India

Beautiful story and composition.

25 Sep 2010 3:58am

Philip from Reading, United Kingdom

great shot.

25 Sep 2010 7:41am

RORO from LE HAVRE, France

Well done, very funny one ;-)

25 Sep 2010 9:47am

songhorse from north carolina, United States

cinematic and meditative somehow

25 Sep 2010 1:44pm

Mark Johnson from Rural Douglas County CO, United States

Great story; without that I thought it was a sad image but now I know it is a happy one :)

25 Sep 2010 3:56pm

Tomix from landerneau, France

i love your composition there!! fantastic "photo"!!

25 Sep 2010 5:04pm

The Dark Dude from Maestoso, United Kingdom

hey duderella

25 Sep 2010 9:40pm

Céline from New York City, United States

Beautiful shot ! I like the composition and tones !

26 Sep 2010 8:19pm

STEED from Somewhere, France

One call it"Luck"........But I persist to know You're quickest than Your shadow with Your camera......EXCELLENT !!!!

27 Sep 2010 6:33am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

. . and much-belated Congrats being in the Color Spotlight with this one ! Well-deserved.

27 Sep 2010 8:45am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Congratulations for the color spotlight. Belle journée.

27 Sep 2010 7:42pm

Sarah from Suisse, Switzerland

Brilliant composition and the accompanying story is the icing on the cake - I didn't even notice the dog at first!

27 Sep 2010 10:24pm

Marian Laura from New York/Chicago, United States

Interesting shot and story!:)

28 Sep 2010 8:59am

S from Sala al Barro, Italy

Excellent capture, even nicer after reading the story that ennobles the image. I just love the geometry and symmetry, wonderfully done!

28 Sep 2010 8:54pm

dang from Atlanta, United States

Love the simplicity of this shot. Good job!

29 Sep 2010 9:51am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Congratulations on the Color Spotlight!

29 Sep 2010 7:41pm

@Steve Rice: Thanks! I would have never known. :)

Basile Pesso from City of Aminus, Paris, France

I'll show this one to Eric Laforgue, he doesn't seem to know it.

1 Aug 2012 8:08am

@Basile Pesso: Thank you, Basile, for taking a closer look at the past. And showing to Eric Laforgue.

Eric Laforgue from Ivry sur Seine, France

Je l'avais raté, merci Basile.

2 Aug 2012 9:34am

@Eric Laforgue: Thanks, Eric!

Nikon D3000
1/30 second
ISO 800
27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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