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The Wonder of Weightlessness

Posted by
Bettina (Los Angeles, United States) on 27 September 2010 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

I was walking on Grand Avenue when this girl came jogging to the light to cross over at the crosswalk. She had to wait a long time, so while she waited she did some jumping jacks. There was something so cheerful about this moment, I just had a take a picture. This weightlessness we only experience in an instant before gravity takes hold. The photo can capture it forever. As I have another burdened busy day, I wish to have such weightlessness.

Panasonic DMC-FZ35 1/250 second F/5.6 ISO 80 61 mm (35mm equiv.)

PATRICK from miramas, France

wow excellent 5****

27 Sep 2010 5:25am

Yvon from Orleans, France

wonderful shot, Betty

27 Sep 2010 5:26am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

very good timming, nice one

27 Sep 2010 5:37am

ORBIT from Kerman, Iran

AMAZING! : ))))

27 Sep 2010 5:51am

Luke Wiley from Spokane Washington, United States

A great city background!

27 Sep 2010 5:53am

Becky from los angeles, United States

she SO looks like she is weightless - I love this feeling - and you captured it perfectly!!

27 Sep 2010 5:57am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Elle s'envole ? Je te souhaite une bonne journée.

27 Sep 2010 6:10am

Nina from Haute Loire, France

She is in full light ... A beautiful evocation of the sport and a photo at the right time!

27 Sep 2010 6:22am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Superb capture and excellent work.

27 Sep 2010 6:32am

STEED from Somewhere, France

A wonder ,Yes !!!!! A good reason to follow it,She's so light !!!

27 Sep 2010 6:35am

Chris Pereira from San Jose, CA, United States

great shot it looks like she's flying haha

27 Sep 2010 6:48am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Great capture of the moment and I like the low angle. The sensation of floating really is inspiring to us all!

27 Sep 2010 6:49am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Superb! Great concept, shot and execution.

27 Sep 2010 7:08am

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Great capture at the very right time. Beautiful design and colors too !!!

27 Sep 2010 7:18am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Great timing.. wonderful shot.

27 Sep 2010 7:41am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

WOW!! What a great shot! It seems as if she is floating... Very well spotted and captured - BRILLIANT!

27 Sep 2010 8:13am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

She will fly, she is lucky:)) Superb timing. Beautiful day.

27 Sep 2010 8:14am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Fantastic timing- I love the air beneath her feet - you can feel the joy of ife in here.

27 Sep 2010 8:15am

k@ from Paris, France

Ah what a superb leap, she seems so light in the light, i love that - let's jump more ! (with no Bett behind to click us ;) This is a super dynamic way of beginning our busy week, Bettina ! Thanks, it sure helps, and the light too ! Courage & kisses*

27 Sep 2010 8:18am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Full of life !
5 stars

27 Sep 2010 8:20am

dan from Paris, France

Which enjoyment, Bettina, the enjoyment which makes jump up and that you photographed at the right time.
It's a very beautiful dynamic image.

27 Sep 2010 8:38am

Sonia Nansid from Barcelona Stockholm, Sweden

Outstanding moment captured! Good luck on your busy day!

27 Sep 2010 9:25am

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

fantastic image:)))))))

27 Sep 2010 9:55am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

wonderful jump for a wonderful picture !!:)

27 Sep 2010 10:36am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Obvious comment..Perfect timing! What a joyfull moment well captured-lovely!

27 Sep 2010 10:38am

Phil David Alexander Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

Weightless, though the shorts are sagging pretty bad. Great image.

27 Sep 2010 11:15am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Wonderful capture...Great timing...

27 Sep 2010 11:18am

Ddo from Verdun, France

Is she doing gymnastic waiting for cross the road? Good and funny shot.

27 Sep 2010 11:39am

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

I've seen something else...crop the upper on the completely different story, no?

27 Sep 2010 11:42am

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

I love this..kinda busy myself...BJ not feeling good and I am offline for a while... long story...nothing serious...looks like Santa Ana conditions...I ramble - take care - hang in there ;-)

27 Sep 2010 11:58am

@Denny Jump Photo: It's Santa Ana times ten. No winds though. Take care of yourself and see you soon!

Dana from Burbank, United States

Fantastic. I could use a little weightlessness -- and a good workout -- myself.

27 Sep 2010 12:02pm

tataray from france, France

Au dessus terre ... ))) Elle va s'envoler !...

27 Sep 2010 12:08pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Beautifully captured. Just a perfect timing !

27 Sep 2010 12:21pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Well seen and captured Bettina! We all need a little weighlessness from time to time! ;-)

27 Sep 2010 12:28pm

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

This yellow is like a sun in the City center ! I love it , Phil.

27 Sep 2010 12:39pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Rien n'arrête un sportif en plein action!:) Belle capture en apesanteur!

27 Sep 2010 12:43pm

Paco Rubio from Barcelona, Spain

Me gusta!!

27 Sep 2010 12:52pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Oh Bettina, this is definitely uplifting!!!:-) Perfect angle and timing to capture the moment... the colors are splendid! Have a great day!!!!!

27 Sep 2010 1:40pm

Tomix from landerneau, France

you captured the right moment!!! she try to fly!! LOL!

27 Sep 2010 2:18pm

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Hahaha... just in time, as always ;) So well done Bettina, I really like it ! Have a fantastic day :)

27 Sep 2010 2:32pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

reminds me of my wife; when she is exercising, she has to keep moving (when i stop to take a photo, she keeps on walking and loops back)

27 Sep 2010 2:39pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine action, street shot. I like that she is facing away from the camera which gives the emphasis to the jumping.

27 Sep 2010 2:45pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

very nice done ,interesting shot :)

27 Sep 2010 2:53pm

danou-yepa from Nice, France

excellent action capture , very good compo !!

27 Sep 2010 3:26pm

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

oh you captured right the cheerful mood .. its a joy just to look at this photo

I sincerely wish ya a cheerful happy day a peaceful restful lovely night .. seems we all need it ;)

27 Sep 2010 3:27pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Isn't amazing that you can capture an instant in time and this photo can help all of us feel that weightlessness with you... And we can com back to it to feel it again, and again. With our busy days, we need to do that. What a great sense of relief...

27 Sep 2010 3:47pm

melocoton from Spain

bonita fotografiar , expresión de libertad, un saludo pablo

27 Sep 2010 3:49pm

Xerophytes from London, United Kingdom

awesome. almost pulling an anti-gravity feel....... inception, anyone?

27 Sep 2010 3:58pm

Christian Richer from Le Havre, France

Ah ... Los Angeles ... The town where everyone is young ! The key is that this is weightless in the head ! :)

27 Sep 2010 4:02pm

Iknow from Chengdu, China

nicely capture! the yellow is truly dynamic,feel happy in it!

27 Sep 2010 4:04pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Mrs is under the weather big time - but DJ is on it...AS for this girl, she serioulsy needs new shorts, skirt, whatever that is that she is wearing...what IS that??

27 Sep 2010 4:12pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Thinking of you all. Have a great day and may everything be well again! Maybe it's a skort.

Fade ToBLACK from tehran, Iran

Great capture

27 Sep 2010 4:21pm

clodagh smith from Sacramento, United States

oh to be weightless! I love watching the choreography of joggers as they wait for lights. brilliant idea to photograph them....would make a great series

27 Sep 2010 4:24pm

@clodagh smith: it would make a series. The restless runner at the light. :)

JJ from Jersey City, United States

well seen and captured, would be good if we could all feel weightless for even just a minute a day wouldnt it

27 Sep 2010 4:30pm

@JJ: Yes, it would. I wish it for you for today!

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Looks like she needs the loo, slightly uncomfortable.

27 Sep 2010 4:38pm

@The Mouse: She was definitely doing a lot of suspicious hopping...

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

Haha, why not? If you're gonna workout- workout! Healthiness captured!

27 Sep 2010 6:12pm

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

Take almost every minute to have fun! Exciting capture!

27 Sep 2010 6:47pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

A "skort" I love it :-) win the "Coin a new word" contest for today!
...You are the funny one.

27 Sep 2010 7:32pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

wonderful idea!

27 Sep 2010 7:33pm

DomLortha from Roanne, France

Excellent shot and funny! I like the attitude of this jumping woman and her yellow T-shirt attracts the eye!
Have a nice day.

27 Sep 2010 7:40pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Beautiful shot,love the idea! :)

27 Sep 2010 7:44pm

Philip from South Wales, United Kingdom

Great shot and well captured. The processing is crystal clear.

27 Sep 2010 7:58pm

Terral from Ponoka, Alberta, Canada

Very nice. I like the background and the reflections.

27 Sep 2010 8:20pm

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

She has a great amount of energy.... and what a great shot too. I like all the modern street furniture.

27 Sep 2010 8:43pm

Sally from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Lots of lovely blue.

27 Sep 2010 10:05pm

@Sally: Thanks! I've always liked yellow with blue. Very cheerful.

Sarah from Suisse, Switzerland

Lovely observation - I liked reading what you wrote to go with this shot.

27 Sep 2010 10:19pm

Jurgen from Sydney, Australia

Great shot and title, she looks like she's elevating!

27 Sep 2010 10:35pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, Canada

I like the action. Very cool shot.

27 Sep 2010 11:03pm

Piero from LYON, France

Supernatural !
It looks like she enters levitation !
I love this shot and i love your comments !

27 Sep 2010 11:51pm

Sidney from Manila, Philippines

Looks like she is going to fly....

28 Sep 2010 12:10am

Gary from Cochise County, United States

How bizarre. It's great. Nice work on your part.

28 Sep 2010 12:31am

JoeB from Brampton, Canada

For 1/250 of a second she is floating in air, like magic.

28 Sep 2010 1:30am

@JoeB: LOL. That's what they call a fleeting moment.

peter.K from blue mountains, Australia

as usual you find yourself in the right place at the perfect moment, i am starting to get jealous...

28 Sep 2010 1:53am

@peter.K: In the words of the old Pantene commercial: "Don't hate me because I'm beautiful". (kidding) Thanks! I guess... ;))

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

This is great, she does look like she is floating upwards!

28 Sep 2010 2:22am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

She's so full of energy! A beautiful lighter than air shot. I hope you were able to float through your busy day.

28 Sep 2010 2:23am

@Steve Rice: Sweated through is more like it. :O It was 112 in LA today. Unheard of!

ISO from Bogota, Colombia

This is so great capture!

28 Sep 2010 2:43am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Very goos, I like the luminous contrast with yesterday's photo.

28 Sep 2010 3:51am

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Being weightless...even if for just a split second. Cool composition.

28 Sep 2010 4:23am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

perfect timing! great shot

28 Sep 2010 7:05am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

A lovely contrast moment - everything but her looks dead. Dead dead.

28 Sep 2010 7:17am

S from Sala al Barro, Italy

This one should be right away a cover of a Pink Floyd album, really!

28 Sep 2010 8:49pm

@S: I can see what you mean. It's bright and surreal.

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

What if are each walking 6 inches above the ground and don't know it????
Maybe that is the spiritual question or realization.....???? :-)

29 Sep 2010 3:19am

pascal from bollene, France

YYYEEESSSS !!!!!!!!!

29 Sep 2010 4:50am

Manola from Bassens, France

Yes, the youth is bellle and happy...
Seen well.;-)))

30 Sep 2010 5:16am


WOW, that's a very nice shot!


1 Oct 2010 5:53am

@NANNE NICOLAI: Thank you so muich, Nanne!

CATCHLIGHT from Reading, United Kingdom

Love it, iPhoned up, ready to go

5 Oct 2010 12:10am

Stef from in my head, France

vers l infini et au-delà...............................^^ hop

9 Oct 2010 12:03pm

Panasonic DMC-FZ35
1/250 second
ISO 80
61 mm (35mm equiv.)