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Demolition day in Long Beach

Chris Valle photographed excavators demolishing the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach on Dec. 11. The facility, used during the U.S. Olympic swim trials in 1968 and 1976, will be replaced with a new swim center.

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SantaCon 2014 at Barnsdall Art Park

Sally Ann Field photographed a group of Santas at Barnsdall Art Park on Dec. 13. She was there to attend an art show and happened on a SantaCon gathering, where men and women dress up as St. Nicholas, by accident.

"All of these Santas made for quite a scene up on the hill overlooking Los Angeles, complete with a snowball fight and various 'reindeer games,'" she said.

Field never made it to the art show.

She used a Canon 5D Mark III.

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14 mourning doves

Kristina Krause photographed 14 mourning doves above her Glendale yard on Dec. 1.

"On this particular day, there were more mourning doves in my yard than I could include in this particular shot ... at least two dozen," she said. "I've never seen that many doves together in one place before."

Krause used a Canon EOS Rebel T2i.

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A silent night on the Queen Mary

In the busy chaos of the holiday season, it's important to sit back every so often and appreciate those quiet moments that make this time of year special.

With a group of Instagram users, Tony Scott embarked on a nighttime photo walk at the Queen Mary in Long Beach with a mission to capture such moments. He had never before visited the Queen Mary, so every corner was a place of discovery.

As he looked through a porthole of the ship, he was enchanted by the nostalgia of the scene, which reminded him of the classic holiday song "Silent Night."

"I just happened to look into this particular porthole and was mesmerized by this unexpected moment," he said.

Scott made the photo using an iPhone 5s on Dec. 1.

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A curious look

While photographing a young girl at a cafe in Venice, Rinzi Ruiz was left with a simple, yet powerful message: Stay curious. 

Ruiz was enjoying an afternoon with his friends on the boardwalk when he noticed the girl pressed against the window at the Sidewalk Cafe. What jumped out at him was her perplexed facial expression and playful energy.

“It made me smile and is a reminder to me to stay curious and playful in life," he said. 

He composed the photo so that the sun brightly lit up the girl while her family faded into the background. The photo's finishing touch was the shadows from her hands.

Ruiz made the image using a Samsung NX3000 with a 16-50mm kit lens.

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Venice tricks

When it comes to photography, David Ingraham normally prefers shooting downtown Los Angeles. But when smog hovers in the Angeleno air, he heads to the coast to take advantage of the light from  clearer skies.

Last month he headed to Venice Beach with the goal of capturing some symmetry. He focused on the palm trees, whose shadows were forming a geometric shape.

“The challenge was to try and capture a skateboarder crossing in just the right spot,” he said. “I like how the two palm-tree shadows echo the positioning of his legs.”

Ingraham made the photo using his iPhone 4S with an Olloclip fisheye attachment on Nov. 17.

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