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Shadows

At the risk of generalizing, I would say most people imagine photographs have to be crisp, clean images, always in focus. That's why we have auto-focus, fast films and high shutter speeds, right? 

Sometimes an image can do just as well to convey a mood by being dark, grainy and out of focus. That's exactly what David Ingraham did in this image of the corner of 7th and Flower streets in downtown Los Angeles, right outside the Metro station. 

Ingraham used an iPhone 4s to make the image.  

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Another look at Angel's Flight

When we think of Angel's Flight, we usually associate it with images of the iconic railcars that take passengers up and down Bunker Hill in downtown L.A.

But those trains have been halted since a derailment last September, and instead visitors have to take a narrow stairway up the hill. Ryan Kevin took advantage of this in his image of two people making their way up the staircase, seeing the potential of the scene first, and waiting for the right subjects to make the image.

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Little Mirrors

Thanks to our mobile phones, we almost always have our cameras with us, so even the most seemingly ordinary moments, like a Sunday breakfast, can turn into a photo opportunity.

Armineh Hovanesian was waiting with her family outside an IHOP in Glendale when she decided to turn the camera on her husband, catching the reflection of the mall parking lot in his sunglasses.

Hovanesian made the image using a Hipstamatic app on her iPhone 5s.

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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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