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Coffee query

Typography, caffeine and photography? Today's photo certainly hits a few favorite soft points.

Photographer Joey Espina was in Manhattan Beach when he snapped this photo of Two Guns Espresso and their friendly signage.

"I have an affinity for typography and often photograph interesting typography that I find around Southern California," wrote Espina. "Coffee culture is huge in Southern California and the simple question on the wall would certainly draw anyone in."

Espina shot this photo with an iPhone 5s and used VSCO Cam to edit.

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Sunset in La Jolla

Sunset pictures are easy. Interesting sunset photos are much harder. The two dogs might be the subject of this image by Nora Feddal, but the shape of the waves, which look like they're arranged in layers, on a La Jolla beach also add an interesting element. The reflection of the sunset colors in the sand also adds an interesting element to the photo.

Feddal created the image on Sept. 13.

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Lupita's Fresh Seafood

I was sad to hear today that, after 26 years, Lupita's seafood stand in downtown L.A.'s Grand Central Market has closed. Today's post, from Salvador Vazquez, is an ode to the place that served up affordable seafood tacos, cocteles and caldo de siete mares. I have to say it wasn't a very frequent lunch spot, but it was always affordable, tasty and satisfying.

The image was made on a Leica M7 and Ilford Delta 400 film.

Vazquez said he went back to Lupita's on Wednesday to give the owner a print of the image, but that the shop had already cleared out a few days before.

"A couple of weeks ago, I had given her another photo that I had taken a while back and it was then that she told me that after 26 years she was leaving and this was the only photo she had of her food stand. She cried and gave me a hug," he said.

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Midnight on Mateo

It's not common to see night photographs in general, and even less common to see those in color. Maybe we should though -- with the high-contrast lighting conditions and unusual ways colors represent themselves in the dark, it's possible for a photographer with steady hands and a high ISO to make fantastic images.

In this image, Eric Cuenin uses the lighting conditions to make a backlit image of his wife posing in an alley off Mateo Street in downtown L.A. after the "south of 7th neighborhood walk" on Sept. 20.

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The last days of summer

I have to admit, I saw this photo, and was stunned. The two boys are obviously close, and it's a nearly perfect moment between the two of them. Photographer and mother Catherine Lacey Dodd gives a touching description of the end of summer and sending her kids off to school.

"There are mixed feelings: lamenting the loss of the early years juxtaposed with celebrating their growth and learning at the rate only elementary school kids can. In the eyes of the World our children may be perfectly average, neither the smartest, fastest or other surprelative in their class. And yet in my eyes, they are wondrous, beautiful, smart and compassionate. And my hopes for them can be simplified into wishing them health, happiness and friendship as they enter school, filled with the joys that learning and its infinite adventures can bring. 

I'd poured so much emotion into the last days before school, making today the kind of perfect that keeps me sane, encapsulating that beauty in the light that is so...

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Cosmos

Living in L.A., we're lucky if on a clear night we can see more stars than we can count on our fingers. It's easy to forget the immensity of the night sky when you're drowned in the vastness of the city.

Matt McKown puts all this in perspective, however, with his long (25-second) exposure of stars filling the sky over Duck Lake in Mammoth, capturing thousands of stars and the almost cloudy appearance of the Milky Way. McKown also used an aperture of f/2.0 and ISO of 3200 to make the image.

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A flash of inspiration, then improvisation

Amid the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles International Airport, photographer Brendan Holmes saw the opportunity for a great picture. But with no time to pull out his Canon 5D, he quickly improvised.

“I was actually on the phone when I took this,” he said. “The morning light was perfectly illuminating through the windows of the terminal and made for an excellent backlit scene. ”

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Soaked to the skin, but worth the shot

A couple months ago, photographer Alec Sibley planned on shooting stills during a hike near his family cabin in Big Bear.

His plans were soon thwarted when it started hailing and raining unexpectedly, but that didn’t stop him from having some photo fun.

“I opened the sliding glass door and attempted my first shot. It was okay, but not what I was looking for. I wanted to capture the rain falling so I thought adding a subject to the shot would achieve this. You never know until you try. With family around, but unwilling to stand in the rain for long, I had to improvise.

I had to do it myself-- time for a selfie.

I placed my camera on the tripod inside the cabin, opened the sliding glass door, stood in front with my iPhone, and set a 5 second timer. Literally 20 tries later- drenched from head to toe- I finally achieved the shot I was looking for.”

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The Ravenswood frames the sky

Built in 1930 by Paramount Pictures, the Ravenswood is an apartment complex that is now considered a historical cultural monument in Los Angeles.

Photographer Holly Ellis was attending a pool party there last month when she made this image with her iPhone 5.

“I like to frame the sky. It makes you look at it differently," she said. “Then there is the added bonus of looking at each of the windows and wondering who lives in each apartment!”

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Windshield sightings

Originally from the United Kingdom, photographer Nicola Buck says she sees things that native Southern Californians may not.

Buck's “outsider’s perspective” came in handy after a dewy night in the Pacific Palisades. She noticed the silhouette of a palm tree, which she calls a “California icon,” through watery patterns on the windshield of his car.

“Californians probably don’t photograph palms,” she said. “Like I don’t photograph red telephone boxes.”

Buck took the photo with his iPhone 5 and added a filter to “bring out the water droplets and contrast.”

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Bobcat sighting at Griffith Park

During a visit to Griffith Park on Sept. 1, Ricardo Herrera spotted a bobcat near the park's Los Feliz entrance. He's been to the park many times, but this was his first bobcat sighting. The cat looked comfortable despite other onlookers, but Herrera kept his distance and took this photo from afar. He used a Nikon D5200.

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Beach day in Manhattan

As he was walking down the Manhattan Beach Pier, Carlos Ayon looked over and saw a flurry of activity, so he decided to snap a photo.

"I moved down and stood parallel to where the ocean met the sand to give the picture a somewhat split look to it," he said.

Ayon took this photo on June 29 with his Galaxy S5 phone.

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