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Head Over Heels

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

Really quite extraordinary abilities were witnessed in this park which happens to be in our favorite Tarzana. I personally know how to spell backbend, but that is the extent of my abilities in that department.
Last big busy day ahead.

NIKON D3000 1/1000 second F/4.8 ISO 180 48 mm (35mm equiv.)

Phil Morris from Saskatoon,, Canada

No, I think you certainly know how to capture a backbend
brilliantly also. Superb capture, you have your fellow
residents trained amazingly.

6 Dec 2010 6:07am

Céline from New York City, United States

Impressive ! Nice catch !

6 Dec 2010 6:17am

KimHe from Singapore, Singapore

cool!! But the guy is camouflaged with the background somehow... can't really see it at first

6 Dec 2010 6:31am

Yvon from Orleans, France

fantastic shot

6 Dec 2010 6:33am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

ouch that's gotta hurt, very well taken

6 Dec 2010 6:33am

NaDu from Köln, Germany

Auspicious situation with the protagonist in the sun and the shadow in the bg. Though this young sportsman deserves respect due to this advanced Asana, his position may be not as unaccessible as many people may think. After - let's say 2 or 3 months - training I mastered the headstand and I'm neither the youngest nor well trained. Don't fear, try!!

6 Dec 2010 6:44am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

There are many things that you are very good at.By guessing what kind of commercial deals you do, in a roughty-toughty world, I'm sure that bending over backwards to keep the client happy is a well versed skill...

6 Dec 2010 6:58am

STEED from Somewhere, France

It's not a show at all,but great Circus's figures ..........Excellent !!!

6 Dec 2010 7:26am

lili from *, Iran

Wow! youve hunted the fantastic moment! 10*!

6 Dec 2010 7:46am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

He has a hard head :) Splendid timing and action, bravo. Nice day.

6 Dec 2010 7:47am

Nina from Haute Loire, France

Sometimes you have to change our point of view, there are different ways to achieve ...

6 Dec 2010 8:30am

Ddo from Verdun, France

I would like to be able to do that and see the world differently but I can't :). Good shot.

6 Dec 2010 8:42am

Franz from Baden, Austria

the fun goes on! great action shot!

6 Dec 2010 8:44am

k@ from Paris, France

Stunning !! Bravo ! And love the person standing by & admiring too in the background.
Courage for your last days of hard work, and hope you won't end with the headache you show here ;)

6 Dec 2010 9:08am

@k@: I have avoided the headache for today, thank you. :O Hope your day starts out wonderfully right now! :)

trilliana from Munich, Germany

wow, this guy looks so relaxed like deep in meditation on this action shot. perfect shutter speed. wow.

6 Dec 2010 9:26am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Great capture of this back and mind bending feat!

6 Dec 2010 9:57am

Sally from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Interesting pose!

6 Dec 2010 10:00am

CATCHLIGHT from Reading, United Kingdom

This is my fave of the three, I like the audience, and I now know what Tarzana is, neat.

6 Dec 2010 10:08am

Steve from Atlanta, United States

OUCH! That looks like it hurts! Great capture!

6 Dec 2010 10:17am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Well, I might be able to get into this position but I'm fairly sure I'd never get out of it ! Love the absurdity in a commonplace setting here. Works.

6 Dec 2010 10:26am

@Ronnie 2¢: LOL. I agree. It was the absurdity that struck me the most.

Florence from Paris, France

A talented acrobat for a great title (Tears for Fear title song, I think)...

6 Dec 2010 10:41am

Sam from Chennai, India

A great capture of this talented back bending acrobat. Nice light and shadows. Excellent :)

6 Dec 2010 10:55am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Not just back-bend but hard-head too. Wouldn't do my thinning hair any good at all.:)

6 Dec 2010 11:01am

LB Vision from paris, France

Impressionant, beau cliché ! peace !

6 Dec 2010 11:21am

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

bien betty, gran trabajo urbano, las 3 fotografías , muy buenas..............

un beso pablo

6 Dec 2010 11:24am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

OMG....someone dial 9-1-1!! Super capture Bettina! Not only the Gumby-like performer but the onlooker who is probably calling for an ambulance! Well seen and captured! ;-)

6 Dec 2010 1:04pm

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

There he goes again... I'm really amazed ! Have a lovely day Bettina :)

6 Dec 2010 1:06pm

Larry Lefever from Lititz, United States

You sell yourself short. Put the camera on timer, get out there and go for it. You'll regret it if you don't try. Great shots! :)

6 Dec 2010 1:38pm

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Wow...that's great..Lovely Pose.

6 Dec 2010 2:42pm

marci from Morocco

really nice portrait! quite amazing what these guys can do! to be honest, my head hurts a little just looking at it!

6 Dec 2010 2:50pm

Punit from Somewhere in, India

Wonderful shot of the action..!

6 Dec 2010 3:54pm

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Great action shot, can't help but think this is what it looks like if you fall from a great height.

6 Dec 2010 4:01pm

clodagh smith from Sacramento, United States

this is my fave of the series. oh, to be able to do that!

6 Dec 2010 4:08pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Oh, my! Tarzana takes on new meaning. Great capture of this acrobat.

6 Dec 2010 5:39pm

Iknow from Chengdu, China

WOW!that`s wonderful and a you get a cleaning shot,very nicely capture and so well performed of colors and contrast my dear friend!
A brilliant day:)

6 Dec 2010 7:10pm

Gilles from Entre Bussy et Bruxelles, France

Une belle série pleine de dynamisme

6 Dec 2010 7:51pm

Sonia Nansid from Barcelona Stockholm, Sweden

Cool catch!

6 Dec 2010 8:13pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

How does he do that without breaking something? A cool capture.

6 Dec 2010 9:14pm

The Dark Dude from Maestoso, United Kingdom

hey duderbat
and this gives me chance to post one of my guilty pleasures...
yeah, i know its a little 'pop', but it just makes me smile, like your pic here...
and when it came on in the movie, i was kinda grinning at the defiance to use all of it... kinda like Magnolia (you seen that movie - Paul Thomas Anderson, check it if you aint) where they use full songs...
anyhow im kinda detracting from the pic, its just capturing california at its most californian...
oh, heres the tune...

6 Dec 2010 9:57pm

@The Dark Dude: Hey Duderbottom, I love that movie! And that song is a big guilty pleasure back from my eighties days.

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Brilliantly captures the moment

7 Dec 2010 12:08am

Charles Dastodd from Chicago, United States

ooh fun action shot! looks painful ;)

7 Dec 2010 12:46am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Great catch, and I am impressed because I can't spell standing upright.

7 Dec 2010 4:10am

@Ralph Jones: LOL.

Becky from los angeles, United States

Now this looks dangerous! Twist and shout! Great capture.

7 Dec 2010 4:57am

Dana from Burbank, United States

An exuberant moment. And if I tried that, I'd break every bone in my body. Nice catch.

7 Dec 2010 5:22am

peter.K from blue mountains, Australia

ouch, great action shot...

7 Dec 2010 5:38am

PhotOpus from Aix-en-Provence, France

It's decided! I try today

7 Dec 2010 6:10am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

That's superbly timed Betty! You caught him at a most precarious sure must be tough, on the asphalt road and all...great shot with superb saturation and light!

7 Dec 2010 7:38am

olivier Paillet from toulouse, France

Excellent !!! great catch !!! Love this shot ! well done !

7 Dec 2010 8:14am

sim from k, Iran

how could he do it ? nice light and colors

7 Dec 2010 9:25am

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Brilliant shot, How do they do it, shows their determination to learn the skill

7 Dec 2010 10:54am

keith from killarney, Ireland

cool shot bettina, im intrigued by the person in the background wondering what they are thinking

7 Dec 2010 11:38am

rumbarber from Berlin, Germany

Great series, and the brightness and colour is very pleasing to the eye while living in a land of perpetual white and grey.

7 Dec 2010 1:58pm

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Tu as déclanché au bon moment ! Je te souhaite un bon après midi !

7 Dec 2010 2:49pm

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Amazing moment! He is relaxing his body, no doubt, but I don't feel able to try this :))

7 Dec 2010 5:26pm

MissT from Chicagoland, United States

Wow, that would give me a headache, and probably throw my neck out of alignment! Perfectly captured, at just the right moment!

7 Dec 2010 9:30pm

ORBIT from Kerman, Iran

WOW! Wonderful moment... : ))
Good job, Bravo. : )

7 Dec 2010 9:51pm

Philip from Reading, United Kingdom

quite strange, upside down.

7 Dec 2010 10:25pm

Philip from Reading, United Kingdom

.......funny how time flies.

7 Dec 2010 10:30pm

@Philip: It does, don't it.

Garfield from Ancaster Ontario, Canada

Context, time of day, placement of central figure plus person in background leaning, extraordinary timing/anticipation, naked truth kinda lighting ... well done, Amanda!

8 Dec 2010 4:38am

Susan from Sausalito, United States

I'm absolutely sure I could do this...

14 Dec 2010 1:09am

1/1000 second
ISO 180
48 mm (35mm equiv.)