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Endless rolling hills

While on a shoot documenting land preservation, Michael Lloyd captured this image of the rolling hills of Paso Robles disappearing into the distance.

Last Febuary, "the landscapes were absolutely stunning," Lloyd said. "Wildflowers everywhere, greens, yellows, purples, everything was in bloom."

In between shooting timelapses of the rising sun, Lloyd noticed how the light was falling on the landscape. He grabbed his phone to take a picture.

"Honestly, this was one of the best weeks I have had shooting photographs and video because the landscapes were just so rich," he said. "The light stayed soft and everything just came together nicely.

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Riding solo at the Santa Monica Pier

Surendra Sajwan was at the Santa Monica Pier with a photography group on April 10. As the group was discussing photography techniques, one of the park rides at the pier caught Sajwan's attention.

He noticed a parkgoer in sunglasses climb onto Inkie's Scrambler by himself. His broad smile and confidence drew Sajwan, who began taking photos of the rider, composing the shots to blur his surroundings.

Sajwan used a Nikon D7000.

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Disappearing downtown

The dramatic parallel of the light against dark and the pop of colors is striking in this image made by Roger Clay.  At initial glance, it could be a scene from a movie. This frozen moment of a desolate downtown Los Angeles is unnatural, eerie and yet beautifully crafted.  

Clay composed his image using a Fuji XT1. “Lately I have been noticing all the changes being made to downtown, especially on Broadway, and how the brightly colored store fronts are slowly disappearing," he said. "I am trying to capture them in good light before they are gone for good. ”

Pictures like this happen all around us very quickly. They don’t tell us everything, but allow our own imaginations to wonder. Clay has a way of suspending time.  His Instagram feed reflects a style that is moody and stirs a sense of isolation. He tends to focus on a single subject and works with the light in such a effective way that the light could be considered more of the subject than the human element.  

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Drawing comes to life

Sometimes interesting photographs come to fruition in a matter of seconds. And sometimes ... they take an entire day. That was the case for this image shot by Ari Fararooy.

Fararooy, who was participating in a weekly-themed competition hosted by Instagram, drew his own reflection on a white poster board. "It took a few takes to get the framing right, but after a while, I was finally able to align the drawing with the background," he said.

Fararooy was able to take the photo himself with a camera application called PlayMemories, which allows one's mobile device to connect to a Sony camera via wi-fi. That made it possible to both view the composition framed by his camera as well as capture the image.

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Yoga reflections

Gabe Mendez captured this photo in Hermosa Beach while at an "Instameet." The day was mostly clear and sunny before thick mist rolled in.

"The fact that the sun gave way to cool dark weather didn't dampen our spirits one bit," he said. "It just brought the light out of us all and we made the best out of it and had lots of fun together."

He snapped this photo of his friend after he was captivated by the reflections of both her and the pier while she was practicing yoga.

Mendez used an iPhone 5S with an iZZi Slim Wide Lens to make this image. 

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'Quintessential' Los Angeles

In his photography, Josh Rose tries to capture the "archetypes" of Los Angeles.

He alternates between shooting in downtown L.A. and Venice to capture the severe contrasts between the two places "and really what's amazing about this city."

"There’s no city that can incorporate extremes like Los Angeles," Rose said. "Downtown is layered. A rich cultural history, but enveloped in shadows and angles. In Venice, it’s all splayed out - curvy, unclothed and on wheels."

Earlier this month, Rose was walking his usual path in Venice down Abbot Kinney and to the boardwalk, when he saw a man on his bike holding a longboard.

"I watched him go through his ritual of waxing his board and putting his wetsuit on," he said.

For Rose, the scene captured the essence of surfing: to leave everything behind, to be totally present with the ocean.

"It had 'quintessential' written all over it," he said.

Rose used a Leica to make the image.

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