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Death Valley mirage

Joseph Voves captured this photo on a day trip from Los Angeles to Death Valley with his wife.

Voves said that as the sun was setting, he noticed the evolving contrast on the sky, mountains and land, and how the salt bed lit up to look like a lake of water. He said he pulled the car over to take a series of photos and later stitched them together to create this panorama.

He used a Canon PowerShot S90 to make the photo.

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Good morning downtown Los Angeles

As he was having breakfast on the roof of the Petit Ermitage hotel in West Hollywood, Eric Demarcq noticed a particular light as he looked toward downtown Los Angeles. He immediately decided to photograph the view. 

Demarcq took this photo on Tuesday with a Canon 5D Mark III.

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Mohawk of the sea

For Justin Woolley, every neighborhood in Los Angeles is a different discovery. He'll wander any given neighborhood for hours at a time -- getting to know its people and landscape through his photography. 

Last month, he ventured to Venice with the goal of capturing the ocean blues. From atop the pier, he snapped this photo of a single wave.

"I also love how this scene could potentially be anywhere on the planet, given it is very minimal and simply a wave in the vast ocean," he said.

Woolley made the image using a Canon 60D with a 20mm f/2.8 lens on Feb. 15.

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24 Hour Project co-founder reflects on 2015 global photo event, looks ahead

Last Saturday, 2,030 registered photographers from 101 countries participated in the fourth annual 24 Hour Project, a worldwide interactive, online event.

Photographers -- including one of the project's co-creators, Sam Smotherman, a frequent Southern California Moments contributor -- roamed the streets on March 21 and published a photo every hour for 24 hours. They posted their snapshots in real time to Instagram, the popular online photo-sharing service that allows users to simultaneously post on other social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr.

The project's theme has remained the same since its conception in 2011: to capture “the essence and complexity of the human condition.” So, every hour, images filtered in from 650 cities around the world, including pictures documenting Albuquerque nightlife and the early morning hustle of a Hong Kong fish market as well as a father and daughter sitting together as they sell flowers on a Tehran street.

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Worldwide InstaMeet 11

On Saturday, for Worldwide InstaMeet 11, I met a group of 42 photography enthusiasts on the industrial outskirts of downtown L.A. to make pictures inside the Los Angeles Times printing facility.

Members of the group had responded to an Instagram invitation to tour the facility. The Times' Darrell Kumitomi led our tour.

As we wandered the warehouse, there were cameras pointed in every direction capturing the behind-the-scenes process of the making of a printed newspaper.

The best part was witnessing the camaraderie formed as people talked photography, used each other as models and bonded over their various Instagram feeds. 

Peruse the gallery to get a glimpse of a few from the array of sights and check out #latimesinstameet for more.  

Thanks you to all who made it. And for those that didn’t, follow @latimesphotos for info on the next one. 

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The wing walker

A longtime airline employee, Peter Buschmann attended the Los Angeles County Air Show in Lancaster over the weekend to see the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds in flight. But he -- and the Air Force members -- got caught up in a very different act.

With pilot Gene Soucy at the controls of a red and yellow biplane, Teresa Stokes balanced herself on the wing as "they were flying all kinds of crazy loops," Buschmann said. "There was so much respect from everyone around for what they did."

"A little fun fact: the FAA requires passengers to be in a seat for takeoff and landing, so (Stokes) has to climb in and out in midair," he said. "At one point she was also standing on her hands on the wing."

In the foreground, the photo includes a parked F18 Super Hornet, "a great contrast to power and art," Buschmann said.

Buschmann used a Canon 5D Mark III to make the image.

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