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Red, white and blue

As American as apple pie? Maybe the proverb should say as American as cherry pies.

The week's patriotic theme finishes with a big bowl of cherries. One of the great perks of summer is the pile of cherries available in any grocery store. They're such a visuallly appealing fruit, with their deep, rich reds, and they're delicious to boot.

Karol Franks agrees, saying that these cherries "looked so beautiful when I poured them out of the bag, I had to take a photo." These cherries in particular, according to Franks, are destined for homemade cherry-flavored ice cream. 

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Iron horse

Today we're reaching a few months back (to maintain this week's patriotic theme) for this image by Reynaldo C. Obrero, submitted in November, of a locomotive with an American flag painted on it.

Obrero also tells us that, sometimes, commitments can wait in order to get the shot:

"On the day it was taken, I was on my way to a family gathering in the late afternoon when I decided to take a spontaneous detour to a rail yard off of Mission Road near downtown Los Angeles. I was taking some photos in the late afternoon on an abandoned concrete platform and was about to leave until I saw and heard a train approaching."

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Keep your camera with you

We interrupt this week's fun summery photos for something with a few more shades of gray. For as much as photographers like to argue about gear, one of the most basic rules of photography is: The best camera is the one you have with you.

You never know when a moment is going to appear, such as the one above from David Patrick Valera, taken while he was at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in downtown Los Angeles last month when his daughter was participating in a workshop. He managed to capture the hallway scene, with a figure walking the halls and students' work from last year displayed in the case on the left side of the frame.

As Valera says: "I have a camera with me at all times even when I'm taxi dad running them all around town."

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Jump!

Photographer Brian Angers asks: "How can you not be jumping on the warm beaches of Southern California?" 

The two women in this image share his sentiment, jumping for a perfectly-executed version of the mid-air jump shot in front of the sunset in Redondo Beach on a May evening.

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Light and smoke

As in most American cities, the skies of Los Angeles were lit by numerous fireworks displays on the Fourth of July, offering a great opportunity to take up the challenge of shooting fireworks photos.

Tony Butler used a slower shutter speed and narrow aperture in this image to capture the light trails of fireworks in the sky above the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown L.A.

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Proper etiquette

With the Fourth of July weekend coming up, and residual excitement about the U.S. men's national soccer team after their World Cup loss to Belgium on Tuesday, it seems like there have been many, many people walking around in the American flag, or clothing made up of the "stars and stripes."

This is actually considered disrespectful to the American flag, but it doesn't keep people from being caught up in the excitement and trying to show their patriotism. Mark Rosales catches an example of that in this image of a man wearing the American flag as a cape in a metro station.

Have a happy Fourth!

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Hustling on Broadway

While it's a long way from its heyday as a theater district, Broadway in downtown L.A. is still one of the most vibrant and interesting corridors of the city. Music blares out of doorways, stores sell all shapes and sizes of goods and you never quite know what you're going to see next.

John M. Boylan captured a classic example of life on Broadway in the above photo of a well-dressed gentleman hawking watches of all shapes, sizes and materials on the street.

As Boylan said, "just another day in L.A."

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Vertigo

The Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles is famous for its many, many appearances in film and television over the years, yet there are still pockets of the hotel that remain unphotographed. The hotel is rife with interesting scenes and vignettes, when seen by the right person's eye. In this instance, a staircase viewed from the eighth floor, with lush red carpet and white railings below, proved to be eye-catching.

"My friend and I decided to go on a downtown L.A. adventure," wrote Dominic Saldaña in an email. "We were visiting friends who were staying at the Biltmore Hotel; I was fascinated by this vintage staircase and needed to seize the moment."

Saldaña took the photo with an iPhone 5s.

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Brake if you love time lapse photos

Joshua Tree is a popular place to shoot time lapse photos and we can definitely see why -- less light pollution, beautiful skies and lots of time to get the right camera settings to capture that feeling of camping under the stars.

Time lapses are also great for having unplanned, but beautiful things happen to a photo. This photo of the night sky and a fire-red yucca palm, taken by Suzanne Danziger, wasn't originally supposed to look like this.

"I was shooting a time lapse sequence of the night sky at Keys View when the brake lights of a passing car cast a red glow on the Joshua Tree in the foreground of my shot," wrote Danziger in an email.

Danziger took this photo with a Canon EOS Rebel T1i.

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Not enough hands on Olvera Street

Wanting to incorporate more people into his photos, Salvador Vazquez was walking around during lunchtime snapping portraits on Olvera Street when he noticed one woman having some difficulties.

"Olvera Street was packed with German-speaking tourists, and I saw this lady struggling to take a photo of her friend. Her hands were full of tickets and the camera, and she needed to take her glasses off, and the only place left was between her teeth," Vazquez said.

While the woman was juggling with her various possessions, Vazquez turned the camera on her, snapping this picture on his Leica M rangefinder camera and later editing it using Lightroom 5. "Usually Olvera Street is very colorful, but this location seemed better in black and white." 

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A Hollywood sunset

Christian Alarcon was hiking in Griffith Park one winter day when he stumbled upon a bike. "I was wandering up around the trails throughout the afternoon with my camera (Canon 60D) as I waited for the sun to set."

Taking advantage of a perfect opportunity, Alarcon snapped a shot of the bike with the Hollywood sign and mountains in the background as the sun began to set over Los Angeles.

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Sweet treats at the L.A. Farmers Market

During a regular trip to the L.A. Farmers Market in April, Howard Fang saw something new. "I have been to the Farmers Market countless times, but never once have I noticed these ice cream lamps."

Maybe it was the first signs of summer getting to him, but Fang couldn't resist squeezing as many cones into the frame of his Fuji x100s camera as he could and snapping a picture. "Plus, I really like the various text styles painted on the window and the list of flavors all in unique colors," Fang said of the shot.

He's not done yet, though. Fang says he wants to go back and try a cone so that he can know once and for all: "What does 'old fashioned' taste like?"

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