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Venice tricks

When it comes to photography, David Ingraham normally prefers shooting downtown Los Angeles. But when smog hovers in the Angeleno air, he heads to the coast to take advantage of the light from  clearer skies.

Last month he headed to Venice Beach with the goal of capturing some symmetry. He focused on the palm trees, whose shadows were forming a geometric shape.

“The challenge was to try and capture a skateboarder crossing in just the right spot,” he said. “I like how the two palm-tree shadows echo the positioning of his legs.”

Ingraham made the photo using his iPhone 4S with an Olloclip fisheye attachment on Nov. 17.

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A playful moment

While participating in a photography workshop around Downtown Los Angeles, Roy DyBuncio began snapping photos of some balloons he spotted outside Walt Disney Concert Hall. He loved how the day’s light enhanced the balloon's colors while keeping the backdrop nearly pitch black.

As DyBuncio kept shooting the balloons, a boy suddenly walked into his frame and started to play with them.

“The moment seemed just right,” he said. “The color of the balloons and the movement of the boy seemed so perfectly framed that it was hard not to take.”

DyBuncio made the image using a Leica M240 camera with a 90mm lens.

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A tricycle in the desert

Some Angelenos find complete misery in gray skies and chilly weather. Others see them as an opportunity.

Two weeks ago, photographer Lynn Longos and a friend headed to the desert to take advantage of the deviant SoCal weather and photograph the dry landscape against the dim skies. Her first stop was Vasquez Rocks in Agua Dulce, a community about 45 miles north of Los Angeles.

While there, she spotted a dad and his children -- all in pajamas -- with the red tricycle in tow. Captivated by the contrast between the trike and the rocks, she snapped a photo.

“I loved the innocence of the little red bike and the giant, jagged rocks lurking in the background,” she said.

Longos made the image using a Canon 5D Mark III with a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens on Nov. 30.

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A winter holiday season at the beach

Southern California is beautiful because you can comfortably enjoy the holiday season wearing shorts on the beach.

Ric Berryman captures the feeling in his photograph of the Manhattan Beach pier at sunset. The landmark pier shining red and green in Christmas lights contrasts with the greater scene at hand.

"I think it’s somewhat ironic as a holiday image … the things that come to mind are snow, cold temperatures, icicles, festive lights, scarves, mittens, building snowmen," Berryman said. "This image presents the opposite of that:a lovely warm glowing sunset at the beach. If only I could have included a surfer in the shot!"

But of course, this is how we usually experience the holidays in Southern California.

Berryman used a six-second shutter to smooth out the ocean, creating a silky effect in the water, on a Nikon D600 to make the image while wearing shorts and a T-shirt.

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Thanksgiving surf

After Thanksgiving dinner, Wade Hewitt went down to Santa Monica beach to watch the sunset with his family. He noticed a couple of boys skim boarding in the surf, enjoying the warm weather.

The conditions that evening combined for a perfect scene: the sunset, reflections in the water and a great sky.

"Couple that with the desire to tout our nice weather to my East Coast friends and it made for a moment that I couldn't pass up," Hewitt said.

"The boys continued to play until the sun was totally down then, along with the rest of us on the beach, packed it up and headed for home."

Hewitt made the image using a Fuji X100 23mm.

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Catching fish, and a dramatic scene, off Anacapa

On a fishing boat off the coast of Oxnard, Lenny Lloyd da Silva caught this image of  a backlit Anacapa Island against the Pacific. 

"It looks almost like a volcano just jutting out of the sea. It could be anywhere in the world but what's cool is it's right in our backyard," Da Silva, of South Pasadena, said.

Da Silva often fishes in the area, but views of the island vary depending on the time of year — during the "early spring and fall it gets pretty dramatic visually out there," he said.

The boat lover was also pleased to have a seiner fishing vessel cruising by in the frame.

"It shows that it's a working boat, a guy out at sea trying to earn a living. Occasionally nature gives you that," he said. "It was just a beautiful day and I was happy to catch it."

Da Silva used a Nikon D3100 to catch the image and a reel and rod to catch some yellowtail and bass.

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