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Agitation Turned To Joy

By AlanBW
We were sat in an open-air café / bar in Lithuania’s capital Vilnius, taking a lunch-stop during our guided tour of the city. During the morning Tricia and I had spent about four hours seeing the sights and in the afternoon we were off to Rundale Palace, a little way over the border in Latvia. Sat not far away from us was the lady pictured above and she was getting into a state of considerable agitation. Sophisticated, very smartly dressed and with a slightly haughty bearing, she was clearly waiting for someone, given the anxious glances down the street and the constant checking of her expensive looking watch. Here was a subject too good to miss and during one of her angst-ridden stares into the distance, I managed to capture the image above - something to which she was totally oblivious. Several times she was approached by a waiter, a few words were exchanged and he went away, but nothing was brought to the table. Presumably, we thought, she had told him that she would order when her guest arrived. We got caught up in this scenario ourselves, finding ourselves looking down the street to see if anyone was coming in. We were reaching the time when we were about to pay and leave in order to join the rest of our group, when we observed the lady’s worried gaze transform into an expression of sheer joy as a young woman, very likely her daughter, came into view. The lady stood bold upright with a smile that shone like a beacon; the two embraced warmly and sat down – drinks were ordered and an animated and happy conversation ensued. We were pleased to have seen the conclusion of this little drama - one that ended happily at that.

Tags: Woman Travel General Candid Close-up and macro Lithuania Vilnius Portraits and people

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GalleryGirl 13 4 2 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2007 4:38PM
Phew! I'm relieved she smiled. I wouldn't want to get on the wrong side of her! Great capture of an anxious wait.
Marilyn x
15 Oct 2007 4:43PM
Ha ha, a great expression caught here Al, brilliant!

John Smile
bunbeam 15 2 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2007 4:46PM
brilliant candid portrait and great story to go with it.
15 Oct 2007 4:50PM
Excellent capture Alan, a great expression,
AngelaR 16 155 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2007 4:54PM
Poor lady - well captured, what a face and story - would love to have seen her smile too.
AlanBW 15 20 England
15 Oct 2007 5:05PM
Many thanks Marilyn, John, Bun, Fred and Angela - Alan
Possum 14 148 England
15 Oct 2007 5:07PM
She looks incredibly theatrical. A superb candid, and I loved the accompanying narrative.
woolybill1 Plus
14 37 77 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2007 5:18PM
Really impressive candid.
Barbaraj 14 450 England
15 Oct 2007 5:40PM
An , 'I am not amused ' facial look.
JohnDyer Plus
15 80 2 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2007 5:54PM
great charactor shot

sandrish 17 36 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2007 5:55PM
Excellent shot, very well captured expression. You are so brave in capturing these shots. She looks so haughty!

ChristineL 16 39 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2007 6:01PM
an excellent candid Alan, I'm glad she wasn't disappointed,
foggytwo 17 36 1 Scotland
15 Oct 2007 6:28PM
Fantastic candid capture Alan,her expression is priceless. Very well spotted.
AlanBW 15 20 England
15 Oct 2007 6:34PM
Many thanks Allie, Bill, Barbara, John, Chris and Pete - Alan
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2397 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2007 6:36PM
Wonderful capture, I love the angle on her face (though not the most flattering...) I'm glad they did order drinks after that!
imander 14 388 7 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2007 6:58PM
superb tale, and a truely wonderful expression, very well captured
SRSmith 13 1 United States
15 Oct 2007 7:05PM
A wonderful story well illustrated by your portrait.
15 Oct 2007 7:12PM
The expression on the face and the eyes are a great capture. She really looks worried. Great portrait. JNC
Digicat 14 127
15 Oct 2007 7:21PM
aaaw love the story - great shot
DolphinLady 15 54 1 Wales
15 Oct 2007 7:31PM
What a amazing story to go with this wonderful image of a very worried lady.
A fantastic capture Alan...just look at those eyes.
Pleased there was a happy ending, but did you get a shot of it????
bricurtis Plus
15 2.4k 51 England
15 Oct 2007 7:57PM
Extreme agitation by the look of it Alan. Like the angle of focus on this.
helenlinda Plus
13 374 22 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2007 8:08PM
What a fascinating expression!
Super character shot
derekv 13 3 England
15 Oct 2007 8:14PM
Do we get the smiley shot ? Nice portrait.
15 Oct 2007 8:27PM
She seems a witch... uuuuuhh!! but I like it Smile

AlanBW 15 20 England
15 Oct 2007 8:31PM
Many thanks Moira, Ian, Steve, Jean Noel, Digicat, Hilary, Brian, Helen, Derek and Noemi - Alan
AlanBW 15 20 England
15 Oct 2007 8:48PM
Missed out on capturing the smiley bit, we were paying up and going while the transformation was happening, but we were able to watch it
Grim1 14 49 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2007 9:19PM
As always, brilliantly observed. I think you must have been a spy....
nickyv32 Plus
13 135 England
15 Oct 2007 9:44PM
Where is the tongue ?
Great shot, great expression.
cats_123 Plus
17 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
15 Oct 2007 9:45PM
fabulous shot..looks like a headmistress

Pegon 15 78 1 England
15 Oct 2007 9:49PM
Well caught Alan, she looks really stern.
AlanBW 15 20 England
15 Oct 2007 10:04PM
Many thanks Cori, Nicky, Jeff and Pete - Alan
summ3r 14 26 1 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2007 10:17PM
A well captured expression
brownsilent 14 7 2 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2007 10:21PM
Excellent expression, what a great moment you captured.
ginz04 17 281 20 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2007 10:28PM
a very good character portrait - love the expression.
pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2213 United Kingdom
15 Oct 2007 10:43PM
I had a friend who used the expression "A face like a bag of spanners" and it used to crack me up. Perhaps she once met this lady.
DP_Imagery 16 24 6 Wales
15 Oct 2007 10:55PM
What a storming expression! - great capture. Bruce
AlanBW 15 20 England
15 Oct 2007 11:02PM
Many thanks Carole-Anne, Johanna, Ian, Pamela and Bruce - Alan
WillieH 15 2 Scotland
15 Oct 2007 11:39PM
Super capture Alan, glad she never clocked you looks like she could cause some damage. Another top candid.

Kind Regards Willie
Joline Plus
14 34 59 United States
16 Oct 2007 12:09AM
She definitely looks concerned....I am in awe of how you manage to get such remarkable and close candids....a rare talent for sure.
Dave87 14 42 5 England
16 Oct 2007 12:36AM
Very powerful captured portrait this. Won’t like to get on the wrong side of this lady!!
Enjoyed this shot very much.

jkennedy 15 4 1 Indonesia
16 Oct 2007 3:04AM
Another great candid capture Alan. The look on the ladys face is priceless and your description adds to the scene. Well taken. CLIK,
MDaniel 14 3 3 Ghana
16 Oct 2007 7:53AM
Extreme agitation, what an expression
AlanBW 15 20 England
16 Oct 2007 8:00AM
Many thanks Willie, Joline, Dave, Joe and Mark - Alan
clur 14 12 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2007 8:07AM
Good portrait.
Glad to be # 40.
helena 17 134 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2007 8:09AM
Not a happy bunny me thinks! Good shot, well done Tara x
wyatturp 15 2 England
16 Oct 2007 8:18AM
Expression looks super

franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2007 10:22AM
Brilliant expression Alan.

AlanBW 15 20 England
16 Oct 2007 10:43AM
Many thanks Claire, Tara, Doug and Ken - Alan
ChiliMan 14 135 17 Singapore
16 Oct 2007 11:21AM
Agitation caught at its primest - well done, Alan!

And what a cool and conclusive narrative to go with it Wink

16 Oct 2007 11:54AM
Top stuff Alan as usual
Nettles 13 England
16 Oct 2007 12:46PM
I wouldn't want ot be on the wrong side of this lady, so pleased she changed her mood.
An excellent candid, well done and very brave to take it considering the expression.
Brilliant. Annette
AlanBW 15 20 England
16 Oct 2007 12:52PM
Many thanks Andrew, Graham and Annette - Alan
A Booth 18 11 4 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2007 2:52PM
another exceptional candid - a human interest story without the words required.
una 17 10 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2007 4:32PM
Lovely. Great expression and write up.
SandraKay Plus
13 233 4 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2007 4:41PM
How I love these candids. Brilliant.
bayleaf 13 8 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2007 5:13PM
Cracking candid shot and great info too.

fentiger 19 920 24 England
16 Oct 2007 5:16PM
The word battleaxe comes to mind. A great candid Alan.

danbrann 16 640 17
16 Oct 2007 5:51PM
Certainly no beauty but a wonderful story almost makes her seem gentle.
proz 16 205 United States
16 Oct 2007 6:32PM
now this is quite the expression, I'm thinking her thong was not fitting right. Great candid
AlanBW 15 20 England
16 Oct 2007 6:47PM
Many thanks Alan, Una, Sandra, John, Albert, Dan and Proz - Alan
phototime 15 8 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2007 6:52PM
Excellent candid Alan and great expression.

Rende 14 38 4 Netherlands
16 Oct 2007 6:58PM
What an expression; I'm glad it wasn't directed at you! Well caught.
Hop-A-Long 14 52 1 England
16 Oct 2007 7:35PM
Fabulous expression caught here Alan. Will we see an image of the joy on her face?
mhaseman 14 608 1
16 Oct 2007 7:52PM
As usual a grand story behind the candid. Nice job Alan. Cheers, Martin
AlanBW 15 20 England
16 Oct 2007 8:07PM
Many thanks Mo, Rende, Andy and Martin - Alan
16 Oct 2007 8:12PM
Nice capture. Well done
Caledonia 14 2 Scotland
16 Oct 2007 8:15PM
A fabulous candid! I wouldn't want to view it in 'large' mode ... too scary. Great colour, teriffic subject! Well done.
rmr 13 1 Wales
16 Oct 2007 8:25PM
you certainly nailed this ,cracking shot
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
16 Oct 2007 8:42PM
well caught Alan...such a great expression
AlanBW 15 20 England
16 Oct 2007 9:04PM
Many thanks Danny, Marie, Mark and Ollie - Alan
myrab 14 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2007 9:12PM
Oh my goodness, what a fantastic expression, well seen, and well taken.
joseph 15 England
16 Oct 2007 10:06PM
What a smashing candid mate...You take 'em so well!....Click.
Portknockie 16 48 Scotland
16 Oct 2007 10:15PM
She has a look of Betty Davis for me Alan..I dont think I would like to get on the wrong side of her..LOL

Great candid..

AlanC1 14 1 England
16 Oct 2007 10:26PM
Superb as usual
Ceciliat 16 6 Philippines
17 Oct 2007 4:05AM
Well captured - she looks worried indeed...
17 Oct 2007 4:20AM
Fantastic candid shot -- you captured her expression really well.
chrissd 15 304 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2007 5:47AM
amazing expression, top class image Alan
JudeC 14 6 3 England
17 Oct 2007 7:04AM
A proud and beautiful woman - JudeC
GlenD 14 United States
17 Oct 2007 7:06AM
Woah, what an expression...wouldn't have thought that would turn into a smile!!
Super shot Alan
AlanBW 15 20 England
17 Oct 2007 7:10AM
Many thanks Myra, Jospeh, Don, Alan, Cesie, Mac, Chris, Jude and Glen, very much appreciated - Alan
imagio 14 12 1 England
17 Oct 2007 7:47AM
Superb capture Alan

Mike_Smith Plus
13 749 1 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2007 8:11AM
What an expression, shes got a face like thunder as if someone is going to get a right earbashing eh. Great shot
AlanBW 15 20 England
17 Oct 2007 8:26AM
Many thanks Bernie and Mike - Alan
17 Oct 2007 11:15AM
Hi, congratulation.Intense image.
Seem a clown face, due to its colours,shape-silouette,expression... You seem to have a delicate perception with persons. bobi
digital_boi 15 3 6 Scotland
17 Oct 2007 3:17PM
wonderful expression
fossilized 16 79 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2007 4:34PM
Oh this is brilliant - well captured. Love it!

AlanBW 15 20 England
17 Oct 2007 4:56PM
Many thanks Bobbi, Graham and Jean - Alan
dianah 14 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2007 5:21PM
The expressions you manage to capture are quite amazing..she looks to be such a battleaxe but obviously not..shows how appearances can decieve!
RockArea 14 18 3 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2007 6:15PM
This is truly excellent, Alan. I don't know why it makes me think it might be a poster for an Oscar Wilde play.

Mikelane 13 1 Wales
17 Oct 2007 6:24PM
Very agitated .Well capt .
daffydill56 17 190 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2007 6:25PM
She looks far more angry than concerned imho. But never the less a fantastic candid Alan!

glyndwr 13 91 10 Wales
17 Oct 2007 7:22PM
Crikey a lot of exoerssion in that face.
At first glance i thought this was someone from 'Allo Allo'.

paulb20 Plus
14 12 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2007 7:52PM
Great candid and that expression says it all.
kinfatric 16 550 9 Scotland
17 Oct 2007 7:53PM
a wonderful storyline and equally impressive photo. I'm glad the ladies ' guest ' arrived.
Rock 18 10 2 England
17 Oct 2007 8:53PM
Now this Lady has to be someones Mother-In-Law !


17 Oct 2007 10:48PM
great neutral tones...interesting expression...but you are so good at capturing that!
kcranmer 13 22 United States
17 Oct 2007 11:16PM
Love the expression, great shot! vTd
AlanBW 15 20 England
18 Oct 2007 7:25AM
Many thanks Di, Fran, Robert, Paul, Brian, Rock, Traci and Kellie - Alan
18 Oct 2007 9:24AM
you just have such a natrual ability to capture the simple dramas. I love this and can only say thank you for sharing such a great story to accompany a wonderful image. Justin
RobinF 14 83 1 England
18 Oct 2007 10:57AM
Great dramatic and expressive capture Alan, and the story explains everything!
Carl40 15 18 United Kingdom
18 Oct 2007 4:11PM
Great shot Alan love the expression .

AlanBW 15 20 England
18 Oct 2007 4:21PM
Many thanks Justin, Robin and Carl - Alan
Herge88 Plus
14 40 6 England
18 Oct 2007 5:20PM
Great expression, well captured Alan.

Best Matt
Carabosse 18 41.5k 270 England
18 Oct 2007 7:23PM
Great candid Alan - love the story too! Smile
18 Oct 2007 10:06PM
Great capture Alan - she sure looks intimidating!

Dotrob 15 Wales
18 Oct 2007 10:32PM
Super capture, fabulous expression and story.
JimV 14 6 3 Canada
19 Oct 2007 2:12AM
Another brilliant candid capture and write-up Alan, so glad it had a happy ending!
Rgds., Jim
19 Oct 2007 5:12AM
very interesting capture. draws your eye off screen and causes you to wonder..what is she waiting for? good story too.
panda 16 5 1 England
19 Oct 2007 2:52PM
Wonderful capture Alan, I wouldn't want to cross swords with that lady.

Regards Phil
iajacks 15 24 England
19 Oct 2007 4:04PM
what an expresion, one off your best candids, well done ian
AlanBW 15 20 England
19 Oct 2007 4:15PM
Many thanks Matt, Carabosse, Stan, Dot, Jim, Tina, Phil and Ian - Alan
Brilane 14 5 12 Wales
20 Oct 2007 12:03AM
Great expression.
20 Oct 2007 4:17PM
A wonderful capture, great expression.
20 Oct 2007 4:49PM
Great candid Alan, wow I wouldn't want to fall out with this lady!
trissie 14 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2007 8:34PM
Excellent candid Alan, a great expression and narrative, well spotted.

Trish x
elph 15 10 Russian Federation
21 Oct 2007 8:38PM
When a shot tells more then an explanation Smile Together they let us not just to see, but to relive the drama with you! Alan, thank you for a delightful story! Smile

Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
25 Oct 2007 5:43PM
A classic candid capture Alan, just look at her face! It's a good job she didn't spot you with your camera as she would no doubt have given you a piece of her mind! lol
crimp 14 England
25 Oct 2007 8:40PM
Excellent portrait.
DSV 13 2 Denmark
27 Oct 2007 6:57PM
You really have a great eye for people. :o)
beriah 15 1 Canada
29 Oct 2007 12:41AM
great capture of the anticipation/worry of waiting for someone - think we've all been there!
30 Oct 2007 9:37AM
An excellent candid Alan, you are so good at capturing people's expressions. I think we all know the anxiety of waiting for someone to turn up. I'm glad you saw her relief when it finally happened for her.

Buffalo_Tom Plus
14 2.3k 16 Wales
3 Nov 2007 9:08PM
Fantastic expression Alan.Looks a bit scary to me.
robertb 15 Canada
17 Nov 2007 12:42AM
Great shot. Thanks for the background. Pictures are better with a story ...
jakcie 14 8 Ireland
21 Nov 2007 3:42PM
Lovely expresion you captured Alan. And u know what, I like the story behind a pic
AlanBW 15 20 England
22 Nov 2007 8:12AM
Thanks Bob and Kuba, thanks everyone - Alan
SharD 14 94
22 Nov 2007 8:51AM
Fantastic! Love the story with the photo - well captured!
AlanBW 15 20 England
22 Nov 2007 9:34AM
Many thanks Shar - Alan
costas Plus
13 2 2 Greece
22 Nov 2007 9:13PM
Bressonesque !!! I thought i was tense,
reminds me of Dali, fab shot
AlanBW 15 20 England
22 Nov 2007 10:01PM
Thanks Costas, much appreciated - Alan
26 Nov 2007 12:46PM
Great portrait and expression, Alan! Thanks for my first comment on new upload. Work has taken over every moment of my life and this site kind of fell to the back of my mind!
GlynnisFrith 14 23 3 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2007 4:20PM
Love the sideways glance & her expression is priceless
a well captured candid
AlanBW 15 20 England
26 Nov 2007 4:24PM
Many thanks Gareth and Glynnis - Alan
MartaHari 13 1 Spain
26 Nov 2007 4:27PM
excellent capture!!!
AlanBW 15 20 England
26 Nov 2007 4:39PM
Many thanks Marta - Alan
28 Nov 2007 11:23AM
Love the expression. Great shot.
AlanBW 15 20 England
28 Nov 2007 12:37PM
Thanks Tanya, much appreciated - Alan
daringdaphne 17 82 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2007 8:23PM
Well described Alan and taken. I almost wish I could see the smile described herein.


Libby_M 14 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2008 8:03AM
well whats going thought her mind
wouldnt like to get on wrong side of here
well caught
canongirl08 15 18 United Kingdom
21 Feb 2008 12:00PM
Love the expression you have captured here Alan."True reality" shot which you dont see much of these days
great work
TEASE 14 10 England
25 Feb 2008 4:15PM
Wouldnt want to meet her if she was ever angry! excellent shots..Smile
gary_d 13 576 13 Wales
9 Mar 2008 11:29AM
the comment I leave for this photo goes for all your photos Outstanding
AlanBW 15 20 England
9 Mar 2008 11:33AM
Many thanks Gary, very much appreciated - Alan
9 Mar 2008 3:34PM
precious 13 3 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2008 3:18PM
Great shot and what a lovely story. She looks pretty scary but just shows you can't judge a book by it's cover. I'm a big softie and that story brought a wee tear to my eye. Well done for taking a chance and clicking! Pity you couldn't have caught the embrace on camera but might have been pushing your luck!
oll1e 13 57 2 United Kingdom
1 May 2008 9:30PM
haha super shot alan ,she's a bit scary looking like that ,the look is like its a face made for a film set .
brilliant piece of street photography
AlanBW 15 20 England
2 May 2008 7:06AM
Many thanks Oll1e - Alan
30 Oct 2008 4:19PM
You really have the knack of capturing great facial expressions I would give a penny for her thoughts.
Cheers Mick.
paul_indigo 17 259 United Kingdom
2 Nov 2008 2:44AM
videotec 12 8 United Kingdom
2 Nov 2008 7:32PM
Wonderful capture--great write up.
OMG 12 51 2 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2008 4:34PM
Alan you really are the master of the candid shots and I could spend hours on your gallery. You are also a great student of people and I love the captions.
Many thanks for your visit to my gallery and kind comment.
jonathanbp 12 99 Thailand
18 Nov 2008 9:32AM
outstanding portrait - Jonathan

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