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The 'language of the eyes'

Last fall, photographer Nima Razfar was observing the endless stream of pedestrians in downtown Los Angeles when he spotted a woman in the crowd, holding a red umbrella on 5th Street.

With his Nikon D200 inconspicuously at his waist, Razfar positioned himself ahead of time in the hopes of capturing a shot of her walking through his frame.

“I pulled the camera to my eye and snapped away just as she glanced towards me and caught me peering at her through my lens,” he said. “She pulled the umbrella and covered her face for my next two shots."

Razfar says the woman never looked back but that for those few seconds they spoke to each other in what he calls the “universal language of the eyes.”

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Sunroof droplets

Last year, after one of the rare but impactful Southern California storms, Alejandro Rubalcaba was looking up through the sunroof of his car, which had sat outside the previous night near an aqueduct on Balboa Boulevard. As the reflections and lighting caught his eye, he captured this image on his iPhone 5.

Though no filters were used, Rubalcaba said he boosted the contrast "to make the blacks a little more solid."

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That 'top of the world' feeling

Nicola Buck recently captured this image of her daughter atop a local street in the Pacific Palisades, which she says also serves as the unofficial entrance to the Santa Monica mountains.

"The clouds weren't so visible in this shot because I was exposing for shadow, taking it into the sunlight. We stood on the edge and had the view of the canyon below. Always incredible. It was pretty windy and the sun still has that wintery feel, so a very different feel to summer. 

I love seeing my kids in majestic California nature. I never take it for granted. We are so lucky to have it all, mountains and ocean on our doorstep.

I love the warm colors in this one and for a spot that has been very arid in recent months. I loved the various shades of lush green after recent rain and how the sun caught my daughter's hair."

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The traveling shell

Theresa Solis shot this photo while walking along the Santa Monica Pier with her daughter.

“The pier is one of my favorite places in SoCal and the blue color of that wall was so striking,” she said. “I thought the shell would really stand out against it.

The seashell was sent to Solis as part of an Instagram initiative called the Traveling Shell Project. The project initiator, @seamerias, sent shells to volunteer Instagram users and asked them to take photos of the shells in whatever setting they like. After Solis took her shell photo, she tagged it #seameriastravelshell and passed it to another Instagram user.

Solis used an iPhone 6 to make the photo on Feb. 3.

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Downtown dress shop

Ibarionex Perello noticed a group of colorful dresses hanging from the rafters of a shop as he walked down Broadway in downtown Los Angeles.

"I saw the play of light through the dresses and loved the repeating pattern and the relationship of color between the dresses," he said.

Perello used a Samsung NX1.

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Whale watching off Palos Verdes Peninsula

Wendy Miller went on a whale watching cruise out of Long Beach on Feb. 1. Off the Palos Verdes Peninsula, a gray whale breached multiple times. 

Miller used a Nikon D7000.

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