Posted by Bettina (Los Angeles, United States) on 24 October 2011 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

When I exited the store police cars suddenly descended from all sides with their rollers flashing. They parked in the middle of the streets and cops poured onto the sidewalks. Suddenly people were being arrested all over the place. I couldn't figure out how they even knew who to arrest. But they went right for certain individuals who didn't even move, or try to get away, as though expecting to be arrested. In all a very odd scene...
Sorry for the cliff hanger. But I have more work than I realized.
One more day and I can finish my script and finish this story!

Ralf Kesper from Attendorn, Germany

Szenen wie aus einem Krimi. Gute Dokumentation.

24 Oct 2011 5:41am

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

amazingly fascinating capture of lights and the tension very well depicted

24 Oct 2011 5:51am

STEED from D, France

High Tension,here.....As in so many cities.....With so many amazing and sudden scenes.....A Good reporter's picture....I Love !!!!! A nice week to You,Bett'.....

24 Oct 2011 6:56am

MissT from Chicagoland, United States

Wow, what a night to be caught up in the middle of it all! Many parts of this shot are interesting, but my eye is drawn to the reflections of all the little lights on the hood of the police car...

24 Oct 2011 7:09am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

perfect shot

24 Oct 2011 7:56am

Zorilla from H, T & E, United Kingdom

Here come the black and whites
Here come the motorcycles
Listen to those engines roar
Now they're doin' tricks for the children
Oh, they look so nice
Looks like angels have come down from Paradise
Jolly coppers on parade
Randy Newman

24 Oct 2011 9:29am

@Zorilla: That's right on.

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

diese Dokumentationen und Straßenszenen von dir sind eine Wucht.
total spannend wie's weitergeht.

24 Oct 2011 9:59am

domlortha from Roanne, France

Nice night report! Cops are everywhere!!
Have a nice day.

24 Oct 2011 10:46am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Great photo-op and well taken advantage of! The light, colors, detail are all wonderful! Well done Betty!

24 Oct 2011 11:35am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Never forget Bettina....big brother is watching! A good documentary style shot of everyday life on the streets of LA. ;-)

24 Oct 2011 11:42am

RBL from Oxford, United States

Great mood of anticipation ... wonderful timing and street capture!

24 Oct 2011 12:40pm

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Fantastic narrative in this series - like scenes from a movie! Great directing with your POV in each shot.

24 Oct 2011 12:54pm

PATRICK from miramas, France


24 Oct 2011 1:06pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

As a person who is more interested in photojournalism than say commercial photography, I have to say I love this photo! Great series and a great story.

24 Oct 2011 1:34pm

@Ralph Jones: Thanks, Ralph. I appreciate that.

trilliana from Zurich, Switzerland

this is l.a. like we all know ... from the movies :D you are really a screenwriter, dear. are you finde besides the lot of work?

24 Oct 2011 2:29pm

@trilliana: There isn't much besides a lot of work. But what there is is fine. :) Yes, and I'm always up for a good story and an experience. I could have done without the pepper spray...

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Cool street scené/shot (arrested people) of everyday life on the streets of (I think) LA.

24 Oct 2011 2:50pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Beautiful piece, Bettina - I cannot agree moe with what Ralph is saying - I hope al is well for you ;'-)

24 Oct 2011 2:59pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

A scene worthy of a thriller !!!!! Splendid shot. Bettina nice day.

24 Oct 2011 3:15pm

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Is it my imagination or did i see this the other day?

24 Oct 2011 4:42pm

@The Mouse: Shhh, no it isn't your imagination. Then you're the mouse who's up early in the morning, are you? I was going to post and then realized I was just going to be too busy. So I cravenly took it down again.

JCJ from Troyes, France

it looks very familiar even if i never have been there... so many movies from here!

24 Oct 2011 4:55pm

JCJ from Troyes, France

i mean the police cars are familiar

24 Oct 2011 4:56pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

So very surreal that it should all be happening around a photographer, as though it was just meant to be!

24 Oct 2011 5:53pm

@Curly: It's funny because there are so many days that I see police accompanying a production company filming some film downtown, and this time it was real.

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Lovely night shots, I like your treatment on those last pictures !

24 Oct 2011 7:46pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Good to know the right guys were caught.

24 Oct 2011 8:07pm

The Dark Dude from Maestoso, United Kingdom

hey duderangiedickinson
great shot
you got the color perfect

24 Oct 2011 9:14pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

fine processing

24 Oct 2011 9:18pm

Through the Lens from Photography Avenue, United States

Great capture! Makes you wonder what happened...

24 Oct 2011 10:08pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A fine shot of this strange happening.

24 Oct 2011 11:22pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

I agree with Ralph, too. This is like a mini documentary of your shopping neighborhood. It has been really interesting and informative. Thanks for sharing them all.

24 Oct 2011 11:43pm

Sandy Weston from Maine, United States

Awesome documentary shot Bettina....first hand! Weird goings on! My daughter is in school in Oakland, CA and tells me about the weird things that happen there all the time too. This photo is full of action and suspense!!!

25 Oct 2011 12:56am

peter.K from blue mountains, Australia

high drama, good that you managed to escape...

25 Oct 2011 2:31am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Amazing story ! And nice journalism shot ! Phil

25 Oct 2011 7:12am

Eric C. from Ivry sur Seine, France

Great shot !

25 Oct 2011 8:31am

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Live chronicle from downtown LA !
Great !

25 Oct 2011 10:21am

Philip from Reading, United Kingdom

excellent shot.

25 Oct 2011 10:22am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

more terrific night shots Bettina, I scrolled back and got the story backwards I'm afraid. I trust the next one isn't you being bundled into a squad car :)

25 Oct 2011 4:09pm

@grouser: LOL. No. I managed to escape.

Stephane.D. from France

j'aime toujours autant tes scènes de rue ;)

25 Oct 2011 4:52pm

missparis from PARIS, France


25 Oct 2011 4:53pm

Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon, New York, Canada

It sounds like you were in a movie, although the fumes lead me to believe otherwise.
Certainly if not, life wrote a perfect script for this mystery. I love the photos, somewhat
almost dated colours, but fantastic and I love it. Your night photos are truly spectacular,
something I would expect to see in a gallery, so you are doing 100 per cent, your photos
are always something special, and I always get a treat just by coming into your home
space. 5*****'s !!~

25 Oct 2011 10:28pm

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

beeindruckendes straßenbild und das mich fasziniert ist diese lichtstimmung! super!

26 Oct 2011 11:44am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Really interesting

26 Oct 2011 5:08pm

Twojays from Montana, United States

Yikes, gulp, and wow, you know? Hurry up with that script. Here's a good ending to use: Everyone gets arrested. :-0

27 Oct 2011 12:31am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

fantastic street shot! well done

27 Oct 2011 5:07am

Chris Pereira from San Francisco, California, United States

great street scene, I think I know where this is in LA, it's not too far from skid row, I remember walking by this when I was down there in February.

27 Oct 2011 6:01am

sim from k, Iran

hi missed u all great picture

27 Oct 2011 8:27am

keith from killarney, Ireland

I feel like I am on the corner with you,great shot

28 Oct 2011 11:48am

RORO from LE HAVRE, France

A so dramatic scene ! I love it !

30 Oct 2011 3:09pm

Lilly and Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United States

Can strongly sense the feeling of a scripted reality in this moment . . worlds collide on the street more often than we might realize.

31 Oct 2011 5:45am

tataray from france, France

Malheureusement ... souvent ainsi dans les grandes villes !...
Impressionnant d'assisté à des scènes comme celle-ci...)

31 Oct 2011 6:04pm

Véronique from Here & Now, France

Quelle ambiance ! On s y croirait :)
Une très belle gamme de lumière

4 Nov 2011 2:44am

rem_la from Villiers, France

superbe ces lumieres de la nuit !

4 Nov 2011 12:44pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Great street shot. Very strange experience. :)

6 Nov 2011 4:25pm

Christian Richer from Le Havre, France

And now, Bettina ? What's up ???

7 Nov 2011 2:02pm

k@ from Paris, France

Hope the police didn't take you too far here ;) Just a Hello - hope you cope with the work & all, see you dear Bettina ~ **

10 Nov 2011 6:22am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

The fog of war didn't seem to apply here. Were they all wearing striped pyjamas, carrying a bag marked "Swag"?

16 Nov 2011 9:39am

Sarah from Suisse, Switzerland

I'm glad they didn't take you away, Bettina! Mind you... I'm sure you'd have made lemonade out of the situation and come back from jail with some great photos!

27 Nov 2011 10:52am

elmer from Tours, France

Un autre monde, plein de vie, totalement décalé de la vie européenne. J'apprécie cette galerie.

11 Dec 2011 10:54am

@elmer: Thank you, Elmer!

Nikon D3000
1/10 second
ISO 800
27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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