Southern California Moments
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First kick of the season

I'm not typically a fan of the "dog days" of summer. But one of the best parts about this time of year is that football season is right around the corner.

Roger Clay captures the sentiment and hope of this part of the season in this image of a youth football punter after a kick during a late summer practice in Eastvale, the ball frozen in mid-air.

Clay used a Leica D-lux 6 to make the photo.

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Wait for it

Sometimes you come across a scene with potential, but it's not quite there yet. For some scenes, you have to watch and wait a bit for the perfect moment -- a turn of the head, a step to the right, a simple gesture -- to hit the shutter.

Sally Ann Field did just that, watching the kitchen staff through a window at Rivera at 11th and Flower, waiting for all the pieces of her image to come together.

"The shadows totally caught my eye and I waited until the perfect combination of subjects entered the frame to complete the story," she said.

Field made the image with a Canon 5D Mk III and a 40mm f/2.8 lens.

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A passionate performance in Gardena

Chris Valle was enjoying a day out with his family at the Gardena Buddhist Church Obon Festival, a Japanese Buddhist "Day of the Dead" celebration, when he was particularly inspired by one musician.

"[I] saw Shih-wei 'Willie' Wu from UC Irvine's Jodaiko really bringing his energy and passion to their taiko performance," Valle said.

Wanting to really capture the emotion Wu was bringing to his performance, Valle maximized the shutter speed on his Canon EOS 5D Mark II to "freeze [Wu's] action and expression."

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The Boardwalk Boys of Venice

Edward Conde was photographing the Venice boardwalk when he came upon a quartet of police officers taking a break for lunch. But it wasn't the officers' activities that caught Conde's attention, it was their stances.

"As I was walking, I noticed four of L.A.'s finest lined up looking at the menu. It resembles how some boy bands line up on stage, don't you think?"

Conde took the photo with an Olympus OM-D E-M5.

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Street lamps and shadows in downtown L.A.

Rinzi Ruiz was walking around downtown looking for photo ops when he stumbled upon this building. "[I] was inspired by the light bouncing from other buildings and the shadows that surrounded it," Ruiz said.

He knew the scene wasn't complete yet, though. He focused on the light and framed the scene, "waiting for the right character to come across."

Ruiz took the photo with a Samsung NX30.

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A sunny day, a sunny smile in Ventura

Steve Neimand was attending the Johnny Cash Music Festival in Ventura when a bright smile and a pretty parasol captured his attention. He quickly snapped a picture of the young woman, a competitor in the festival's pin-up pageant, on his Canon 5D Mark III. 

His picture-taking advice?

"You really can't go wrong photographically with a pretty girl and a colorful umbrella."

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Jazzing it up at the Long Beach Crawfish Festival

When Ibarionex Perello attended the Long Beach Crawfish Festival on Aug. 2, he didn't want to just enjoy the musicians playing, he wanted to get in on the action.

"A second line brass band made its way to the dance floor, and I planted myself in the middle of them," Perello said. "I was surrounded by music and the cheers of the many people who were pressing on the musicians."

Wanting to capture the energy on film, Perello took a well-timed shot on his Fujifilm X100S of brass players blasting out the music.

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A relaxed look at the Hollywood Freeway

Neil Fitzpatrick photographed the Hollywood Freeway from an overpass at sunset July 25. From his vantage point, the freeway he saw was less manic and more relaxed than what most Angelenos see when they're driving on it, he said.

Fitzpatrick used a Nikon D60.

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Otto takes a dip in the pool

Hugo Ramirez went to Lancaster this past weekend to visit his sister, bringing his boxer, Otto, along for the trip. To escape the heat and humidity, they took a dip in the pool.

"Otto is one of the few boxers I know that actually enjoys swimming so he has no problem sticking his head underwater to retrieve his toy," Ramirez said. "Ironically, he doesn't like taking baths, though."  

He used a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX10.

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People watching at the California Science Center

Scott Williams photographed visitors peering at the California Science Center's kelp forest exhibit, housed in a 188,000-gallon tank, on July 8. Williams works in federal land management, so he has a special interest in seeing how the public connects with the natural world.  

"Public aquariums always fascinate me," he said. "People watching fish while the fish watch people."

Williams took this photo with a Canon EOS Rebel T2i.

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July 2014: Best of Southern California Moments

Of all the months, July has always seemed to have a ready-to-go, on-the-move feel about it.

Maybe it's the fireworks or the heat, but it's almost as if, collectively, the city feels more adventuresome than usual.

July's photos really capture the action and appeal of Los Angeles in a state of play. My favorites kick off with a Fourth of July fireworks display in downtown Los Angeles. Tony Butler captures  firework trails in great detail, using a slower shutter speed. The detail of the vibrant pink, purple and greens really stands out against the architecture of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in the foreground.

After that we really get moving: How much did we move about? So much so that the SoCal Moments group posted three jumping photos, each engaging and charming in their own ways — and all making my favorites for the month.

Feel as if there's a photo I left out, or one that doesn't belong in the set? Sound off in the comments. See you next month!

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Great blue heron at Whittier Narrows Recreation Area

Kathy Degner was at Legg Lake in the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area on July 29 looking for juvenile American coots. At the lake's edge, she spotted a great blue heron standing motionless. She approached it, and it began preening itself.

"I loved how the breeze was ruffling his feathers, and was just hoping for a good shot," she said.

Degner used a Canon EOS 7D.

Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our Flickr page or tag your photos with #socalmoments on Instagram and Twitter. Follow us on Twitter or visit latimes.com/socalmoments for more on this photo series.

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