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The Ravenswood frames the sky

Built in 1930 by Paramount Pictures, the Ravenswood is an apartment complex that is now considered a historical cultural monument in Los Angeles.

Photographer Holly Ellis was attending a pool party there last month when she made this image with her iPhone 5.

“I like to frame the sky. It makes you look at it differently," she said. “Then there is the added bonus of looking at each of the windows and wondering who lives in each apartment!”

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Windshield sightings

Originally from the United Kingdom, photographer Nicola Buck says she sees things that native Southern Californians may not.

Buck's “outsider’s perspective” came in handy after a dewy night in the Pacific Palisades. She noticed the silhouette of a palm tree, which she calls a “California icon,” through watery patterns on the windshield of his car.

“Californians probably don’t photograph palms,” she said. “Like I don’t photograph red telephone boxes.”

Buck took the photo with his iPhone 5 and added a filter to “bring out the water droplets and contrast.”

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Bobcat sighting at Griffith Park

During a visit to Griffith Park on Sept. 1, Ricardo Herrera spotted a bobcat near the park's Los Feliz entrance. He's been to the park many times, but this was his first bobcat sighting. The cat looked comfortable despite other onlookers, but Herrera kept his distance and took this photo from afar. He used a Nikon D5200.

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Beach day in Manhattan

As he was walking down the Manhattan Beach Pier, Carlos Ayon looked over and saw a flurry of activity, so he decided to snap a photo.

"I moved down and stood parallel to where the ocean met the sand to give the picture a somewhat split look to it," he said.

Ayon took this photo on June 29 with his Galaxy S5 phone.

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Moon over downtown Los Angeles

Lizette Carrasco photographed the nearly full moon rise over downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday.

"I loved how the moon and the buildings were so close together that it seemed unreal, almost like a painting," she said.

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Luminasia lights up L.A. County Fair

Carlos Espinosa photographed lanterns at the Los Angeles County Fair's Luminasia exhibit on Sept. 7. The exhibit features hundreds of lanterns created by more than 50 Chinese artisans.

Espinosa captured this photo with a Canon EOS 60D.

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August 2014: Best of Southern California Moments

To me, August is otherwise known as Almost Football Season. So it's no wonder that this month's photo set begins with an image of a high school football player practicing punts before the season begins.

The image of a dog named Otto is another standout from the month. The canine dipping his head into the pool is perfect for the hot summer months.

One of my favorite types of pictures is one that leaves the viewer with more questions than answers. Rafael Aragones' photo of a prosthetic leg at a skate park is a perfect example. Where did the leg come from? Who does it belong to? Is the owner nearby, and why did he or she leave it? Asked about the leg in the image, Aragones had no answers.

Completing our set for the month is David Ingraham's blurry, mysterious image of the corner of 7th and Flower, outside of the Metro Center station. One aspect I particularly like about mobile photography is the lack of control, which makes it much easier to wind up with serendipitously blurry photos such...

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Sunset games

Jonathan Alcorn was at Santa Monica Beach on Thursday looking for something interesting to shoot for his Samsung's Imagelogger photography program. 

"When I saw these guys at first I thought they were playing football. Then I realized it was rugby," Alcorn said.

When he posted the photo to Facebook, he used this caption: "Beach rugby on the frozen tundra of Santa Monica beach."

Alcorn shot the sunset photo with his Samsung NX30 camera. 

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One place, many stories

At Eggslut in downtown Los Angeles' Grand Central Market, the line is almost always long. 

Tom Szabadi was there on Sept. 1, and noticed how many people and their stories were colliding at once. "I think that is what compelled me to take the shot," Szabadi said.

Szabadi took the photo with a Nikon D800.

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A halo on the 6th Street Bridge

In the early morning hours of Aug. 24, Sam Cruz and dozens of other photographers gathered in downtown Los Angeles to roam about and take photos.

For the last stop, the group decided to think outside the box. They took steel wool, placed it inside a whisk attached to a cable, and then lit the wool with a battery. A member of the group climbed onto the 6th street bridge and spun the steel wool, creating a 360-degree orange glow.

Cruz opted for a long exposure shot with his Canon EOS 70D to capture the falling sparks. The ISO was set at 100 with an aperture of f/18 and an exposure time of 30 seconds.

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Dogs take over Dodger Stadium

It’s not every day that you are allowed to bring your dog to Dodger Stadium.

But at the Dodgers vs. Mets game on Aug. 23, part of the stadium was reserved for fans of the canine kind for a “Pups at the Park” event. Iran Carranza took her dog Cocoa and snapped this photo with her Samsung Galaxy.

“She kept her composure even though we sat in the All You Can Eat Pavillion ... which means unlimited Dodger Dogs," Carranza said.

It’s possible Cocoa was even a good luck charm, the Dodgers took the game 7-4. 

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Viewing a sunset

Sunset photos are always beautiful, but the search is always on to see how they can be presented differently, something that isn't the usual picturesque way of seeing things.

Photographer Tianhe Yang's black-and-white photo stood out for its use of shadows and one central character as he stood watching the sun set from Santa Monica Pier.

"A man was staring into the horizon with a hand in his blazer pocket, relaxed and deep in thought, when the clouds parted and the sunset covered him in a warm glow," Yang wrote in an email. "I knew that I had to get the image of him standing alone under the streetlamp as he shielded his face with a dramatic gesture."

Yang took the photo with a Leica M8 and a Voigtlander 15-millimeter Heliar Aspherical lens, using RawTherapee to edit the photo.

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