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The Long Wait

Posted by
Bettina (Los Angeles, United States) on 26 October 2010 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

"Just a few more minutes and your table should be ready." Famous last words on Alvarado Street.
I'm a little busy finishing a project. I will either return in a day or join this guy on the bench.

NIKON D60 1/4000 second F/5.6 ISO 800 450 mm (35mm equiv.)

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Really a long one… :-) Nice shot

26 Oct 2010 5:04am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

he been there sone time, great shot

26 Oct 2010 5:08am

clodagh smith from Sacramento, United States

the ATM looks a bit tapped out. good one!

26 Oct 2010 5:08am

NaDu from Köln, Germany

What a nice doll to play with. A funny bizarre shot. I suppose it's the front of a restaurant?

26 Oct 2010 5:09am

@NaDu: Yes. A little Halloween touch in the city. He's drinking a Coca Cola.

Yvon from Orleans, France

wow, funny shot

26 Oct 2010 5:18am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

This is why I will never use ATM machines....oh, that wait is a killer ! ;-)

26 Oct 2010 5:29am

Becky from los angeles, United States

Ha! Oh my! Yes - a very very very very very very long wait! Terrific capture! HA!

26 Oct 2010 5:51am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Ha! The poor customer obviously needed something stronger than a Coke to keep going! The plant doesn't look in great shape either!

26 Oct 2010 6:15am

@Stephen: Maybe it was the Coke that killed him?

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Oh yes, been to a few similar but not that bad :)

26 Oct 2010 6:29am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Great spot. . .and at least that wasn't the result of the meal. . . or was it?

26 Oct 2010 6:37am

rem_la from Villiers, France

même pas peur !

26 Oct 2010 6:54am

STEED from Somewhere, France

Worf !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LOVE IT,LOVE IT,LOVE IT !!!!!!

26 Oct 2010 6:56am

Steve from Atlanta, United States

I have felt like this a few times! Great shot!

26 Oct 2010 7:31am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

ha ha excellent title for this shot.. I am sure few of us went through this :).

26 Oct 2010 7:41am

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

Cool shot :)

26 Oct 2010 7:48am

k@ from Paris, France

And yet he seems still full of energy if we consider his arms up ;) Geez, what a find again. Sure that Halloween is a great fiesta in the US. It didn't really work here in Paris but a pleasure to see how you guys are utterly celebrating your dead times with great humor ! Happy ST*

26 Oct 2010 8:09am

@k@: Lots of funny things to see at this time of year. I wish I had more time to really explore this phenomenon right now. I managed this one on the fly. He seemed to be waving at me. I'd say that is an eternal optimist. :)

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Lolll .... he waited too long I think it is no longer hungry :)) Nice day.

26 Oct 2010 8:13am

@Tede: I think he's too optimistic. :)

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Superbe ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée. JP

26 Oct 2010 8:15am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

"ATM"="Await The Meal" here, good if you are on a diet, I guess!

26 Oct 2010 8:16am

Sonia Nansid from Barcelona Stockholm, Sweden

Hahaha! Brilliant catch!

26 Oct 2010 8:24am

Sam from Chennai, India

Superb! It was a rather very long wait ??? !!! Great Idea !!!

26 Oct 2010 8:28am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

:))) Excellent capture! The poor man, his patience has lost it!:)))

26 Oct 2010 9:11am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

So that's what happens to us when we wait too long in queues. :))) Great find.

26 Oct 2010 9:39am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Buse are on strike too !! Funny shot , Phil.

26 Oct 2010 10:05am

peter.K from blue mountains, Australia

very funny, i think we have all experienced that feeling at one time or another...

26 Oct 2010 10:58am

trilliana from Munich, Germany

is he waiting for his money coming out of the atm machine? i know that problem, but never had a nice bench to rest. it must be the crazy colour that keeps him still "living" ... in a way. really funny shot.

26 Oct 2010 10:59am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

excellent and funny !! je ne suis pas sur de vouloir attendre aussi longtemps tout de même !!:)

26 Oct 2010 11:47am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Super capture for a Silly Tuesday Bettina! Well done! ;-)

26 Oct 2010 11:50am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

That's some cash point:) Nice one

26 Oct 2010 12:16pm

olivier Paillet from toulouse, France

So funny ! very nice catch ! well done !

26 Oct 2010 1:38pm

Don from Spokane, United States

Funny and quite the novel halloween display. Some people are so inventive when it comes to creating and new and different display.

26 Oct 2010 3:05pm

domlortha from Roanne, France

Funny one! This man has waited for a long, long time, isn't it?
Have a nice day.

26 Oct 2010 3:09pm

Florence from Paris, France

Ahahah ! Love your great sens of humor ! Happy ST ! ;-)

26 Oct 2010 3:38pm

Iknow from Chengdu, China

a real long wait here:) cold humor with warm colors,aha!

26 Oct 2010 3:51pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A skeleton something odd and not very well done Bettina! I remember that I had when I studied anatomy .... was much more perfect! Funny picture! Best regards, Adela

26 Oct 2010 4:20pm

@Adela Fonts: Haha. Probably not good for medical school.

P. Morris from Canada

He definitely sees you and is waving to you. Wonderful personality and photo.

26 Oct 2010 4:22pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Ha, ha. Funny one for today!

26 Oct 2010 5:00pm

lili from *, Iran

:))) i love this image!

26 Oct 2010 5:02pm

@lili: Thanks!!!!!!

jlm from Västerås, Sweden


26 Oct 2010 5:19pm

Aboololo from Govashir, Iran

:D funny shot , great .

26 Oct 2010 5:38pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

I'm not sure which condition would be worse, the poor lawn guy yesterday with the spiders or this bloke...either way, Barbara and I got a total kick out of them! Been catching up on all your images - Hope you are doing ok and don't go crazy please!!

26 Oct 2010 5:48pm

Prospect from Oslo, Sweden

Excellent photo! The lovely colors makes the photo pop!

26 Oct 2010 6:18pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuh, beeeeeetty, muy original ,un beso

26 Oct 2010 6:22pm

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

I think he had to wait a little tooooo long :D

26 Oct 2010 6:33pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Watching and waiting...even forgot to live on it seems :) Great colors!

26 Oct 2010 7:12pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


26 Oct 2010 8:53pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Wild! A very fine shot of this patient customer. He's so quiet.

26 Oct 2010 9:40pm

PATRICK from miramas, France

just excellent

26 Oct 2010 9:54pm

Georgie from Sherwood Park, Canada

Hopefully the food is worth the wait. A funny ST photo. Well seen!

26 Oct 2010 11:58pm

@Georgie: Maya's Savadoran Restaurant. I hear it's good. Worth that wait, I don't know.;)

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

Very cool shot! I love this! What a creative shot and very unique! Happy ST!!!

27 Oct 2010 1:57am

Gary from Cochise County, United States

Aren't you clever. All I would have thought of was " Where can I get a bench like that." Good find and theme.

27 Oct 2010 2:24am

@Gary: That is a great bench.

Sunder from Chennai, India

Funny shot! Well found and captured...

27 Oct 2010 3:25am

Seraphine from San Francisco, Uganda

i put my credit card in the slot and all i got was this pile of bones!

27 Oct 2010 3:30am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

It is time to quit the diet.

27 Oct 2010 4:08am

@Michael Rawluk: LOL!

Dana from Burbank, United States

Aye caramba!! And Día de los Muertos is just around the corner.

27 Oct 2010 5:50am

Metti from shiraz, Iran

But waiting fir love is very beautiful... :D
Very smart shot, dear Bettina ;)

27 Oct 2010 7:05am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Hahaha... so funny ! I hope it was worth waiting ;) Have a lovely day Bettina :)

27 Oct 2010 9:12am

Philip from Reading, United Kingdom

yep. know the feeling. nice shot.

27 Oct 2010 9:52am

BeLTxA from Menorca, Spain

OMG he loves so much the bank that he did't want to go anymore.

27 Oct 2010 10:17am

KimHe from Singapore, Singapore

Really brilliant colour but the skeleton is quite scary ><

27 Oct 2010 1:04pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

What a funny subject who really knows how to amuse!!! Fantastic find and capture... the colors are amazing!
Take care Bettina! See you soon!:-)

27 Oct 2010 2:20pm

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

Attendre , c'est mourrir ..un peu.

27 Oct 2010 3:11pm

k@ from Paris, France

(just read your caption, aha - forbidden to join the "man" ... or we'll be 2 - Hello from my wireless outdoors cafe-office, working hâââârd ;) - - What does ATM on the door behind him mean ? (just to die less dumb tonight ;))

27 Oct 2010 3:35pm

@k@: ATM means Automated Teller Machine. It's a machine where you can get cash with your bank or credit card. They're all over the place in the city. In a restaurant like this they have an ATM machine probably because they only take cash. It's rare mostly for restaurants only to take cash, but common in Echo Park... Ok, I'll try not to join the skeleton and get through this work in my wireles indoor office. Have a great remaining work session and see you soon! :)

Piero from LYON, France

So funny !

27 Oct 2010 4:16pm

k@ from Paris, France

(thanks much for the explanation, Bettina - now i you have me dreaming that we both could be AST (Automated Story/teller Machines ;) Courage t°°***

27 Oct 2010 5:20pm

Céline from New York City, United States

Funny shot !

27 Oct 2010 7:22pm

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

I love it when a photo makes me laugh, as this one did.

27 Oct 2010 7:38pm

ZeWill68 from Murviel les Béziers, France

A Victory sign, he has just finished his can of coke !!!

27 Oct 2010 7:54pm

dan from Paris, France

Fortunately, there are the beautiful colors, Bettina !
The life is beautiful !

27 Oct 2010 8:35pm

@dan: Life is beautiful! I agree! :))

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

Woo... a prickly bench, that's going to hurt :) The ATM is pointing at the skeleton, so... what? the restaurant will suck you dry, haha.

27 Oct 2010 9:51pm

ORBIT from Kerman, Iran

Looooooooooove it! : D

28 Oct 2010 12:37am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

LOL!! You really have a talent for seeing/finding the most wonderful things to shoot Betty! I cant stop laughing! Brilliant!!!

28 Oct 2010 4:16am

Ddo from Verdun, France

Waiting for perfect wife or Santa claus ?

28 Oct 2010 5:17pm

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Great fun....

29 Oct 2010 1:54pm

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

i don't have heart problems!!!^_^

29 Oct 2010 8:09pm

Tomix from landerneau, France

hahhaa! excellent!

31 Oct 2010 9:38am

1/4000 second
ISO 800
450 mm (35mm equiv.)