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Slice of Chinatown

Carlos Ayon photographed the logo of a Phoenix Bakery in Chinatown on Feb. 25.

"I loved the color and the expression of the face on the sign," he said.

Ayon framed his shot to take the logo out of context. He used a Nikon D3000.

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

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New friends

Tom Szabadi captured this image while at Huntington Dog Beach with his dog, Gemma

Gemma, who is generally wary of her fellow canines, began to play with another dog who shared her same furry exterior, but in white. Szabadi noticed their contrast and made this image of the two. 

"You never know where you'll find new friends," he said. 

Szabadi made this image using a Nikon D800 with a 28mm f2.8 lens on March 15. 

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

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Having a nibble at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

Nancy Dushkin drove out to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve at sunrise to take early-morning photos. Going in for a closer look, she spotted a caterpillar nibbling on a poppy.

"I never would have seen it by walking the trail and looking down," she said. "Sometimes the best shots are taken by looking at your subject from different angles!"

Dushkin took this photo on March 16 with a Nikon D810. Sadly, the reserve's poppies only live on in photos now.

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

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Rooftopping

Rooftopping. It’s a thing. Probably not your thing, but it’s definitely a thing for Michael Escobedo.

A couple years ago, Escobedo picked up a camera. He likes to photograph a range of topics, but found that he was mostly drawn to cityscapes. He also quickly discovered that in a city like Los Angeles, where the visually creative talent is abundant, he wanted to set himself apart. He and his friends started what is called “rooftopping.”

As he explains it, “I try to get myself onto whatever roof possible to capture a new, fresh perspective of my city.”

This picture is stunning on multiple levels. The composition is breathtaking and bold. It is not a picture most of us can or are willing to make and the fact that it’s a self-portrait makes such an image even bolder. Escobedo set his Canon 70D camera, with self-timer, on a tripod as he sat himself on the edge. The result created a mood that is transcending.

Take a look at Escobedo’s feed on Instagram and you’ll notice that his style evokes...

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Palm tree trilogy

Cruise along Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake, and it's hard to miss the abandoned hotel, billboard and palm trees that have been covered in a glossy whitewash. 

It's all part of an art project called "Projection," a temporary installation by Vincent Lamouroux that attempts to revive the long-vacant Sunset Pacific Motel -- known locally as the Bates Motel -- into public art.

Reader Andrew Oxenham visited "Projection" with friends for the installation's public opening on April 26.

"I was really taken with the two different types of palm trees against the blue California sky," he said. "It was very stark, and I liked it."

Though the photo looks simple, its composition required some thought. He carefully angled his shot in a way that captured the trees in descending order. 

The Bates Motel will eventually be demolished to make way for new apartment buildings. "I think it's important that cities allow creative things to happen to the architecture and vegetation of their city," Oxenham said. "Cookie-cutter...

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Baby red fox in San Pedro

Wendy Miller shared this photo of a red fox kit living in San Pedro.

"I just wanted people to see what kind of fantastic wildlife is right in their own backyards."

Miller said she thinks the mother fox started out with six kits, but only three have been seen lately.

"There is also a pair of peregrine falcons nesting on the bluff right near the foxes," she said. "The falcons are not happy about the foxes being there."

Miller used a Nikon D7100 to make the image.

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

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