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Light and smoke

As in most American cities, the skies of Los Angeles were lit by numerous fireworks displays on the Fourth of July, offering a great opportunity to take up the challenge of shooting fireworks photos.

Tony Butler used a slower shutter speed and narrow aperture in this image to capture the light trails of fireworks in the sky above the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown L.A.

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Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our Flickr page or reader submission gallery. Follow us on Twitter or visit latimes.com/socalmoments for more on this photo series.

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