Sunrise at Mykonos
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Sunrise at Mykonos
Miracle Mile resident Jimmy Chen got up with the songbirds to get this shot at the Royal Myconian Hotel on Mykonos, where he and his girlfriend stayed on an island-hopping tour of Greece last May. “I woke up at 5 in the morning, walked around and took some photos,” he said. “I take lots of photos everywhere I go.” He used a Nikon D70 and used a “pinkie as a tripod” for the shot. (JIMMY CHEN)
Spin city in Vietnam
This picture is a head-spinner and a head-turner in the way it captures the night life of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. Louis Morneau of Santa Monica had read a lot about the historic Hotel Rex in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) and was intrigued enough to pay a visit to its roof-top bar, which was once a hangout of for Vietnam War-era reporters, while he was on a 14-day tour of Vietnam in December 2006. Outside, he was struck by the “contrast between the old hotel and the new” Vietnam. “I turned off the flash,” Morneau said. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX7 “did all the work. I just made sure to stand still.” (LOUIS MORNEAU)
Delicate footing in Bolivia
This is one of those take-you-there photographs, transporting viewers to a place most of us have never heard of: the Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia. But it is the solitude and utter escape quality that make the moment so appealing. Albert Leeruangsri of Arcadia was on a backpacking trip through South America when he made his way with other travelers -- three hours in a jammed truck -- to the flats. With a Canon PowerShot S200, a fellow tourist took this photo of Leeruangsri as he appeared to walk on water. (ALBERT LEERUANGSRI)
A little Dali in Paris
This could be extreme trompe l’oeil -- only it’s a sheet of plastic, not an artist, that creates the distorted beauty of a Paris building. Daniela Beyrouti of Encino captured this Daliesque scene on a December visit to Paris. Beyrouti, her husband and two daughters came across the illusion, actually a plastic cover to mask a construction site, on their way to the Champs-Elysees. She used a Fuji S5000 digital. (DANIELA BEYROUTI)
Old and new in Croatia
Timeless photographs of the Old World have likely fueled many trips that Americans have taken to Europe. This is one of those small everyday moments in Dubrovnik, Croatia, that play out with an understated beauty. Denny Brouchard of West Hills had the good fortune last year of getting a one-day tour around Dubrovnik led by Tatiana Cameron, a Croatian native and former pop star. In the late afternoon of an August day, as they were wandering near the ancient wall that encircles the city, Brouchard beautifully framed this shot of Cameron’s sons running through the street. “I’ve always loved photography,” he said. He used a Sony Cybershot. (DENNY BROUCHARD)
A break from lessons in Bhutan
You can almost hear the giggling and squeals in this photo of school boys in the tiny Asian country of Bhutan -- one of the world’s most remote and fascinating destinations. In October 2006, Shirley Geller of Burbank came across children in a schoolyard doing what children do everywhere: playing to the camera. “Just when I got ready to shoot, the boy on the far right made a funny face,” Geller said. “I playfully strongly reacted, and the children all laughed.” She used a Canon Rebel 2000. (SHIRLEY GELLER)
Dancing cheek to cheek in Yap
There are moments in nature that are so fleeting that few are privileged to witness them. Jeff Smith of San Pedro had one such sighting in January when he watched the mating dance of mandarin fish on Rainbow Reef off the coast of Yap in Micronesia. “When they mate, it’s less than four seconds,” the dive shop owner said. After 20 years of shooting with film, Smith recently switched to digital. For this shot, he used a Sea & Sea Dx-5000g Digital Cam with two digital strobes to capture a reminder that life flourishes far from our field of vision. (JEFF SMITH)
Yellowstone hiss-trionics
In America’s first national park, Chuck Larsen of Pacific Palisades snapped this surreal scene at Biscuit Geyser. It was October of last year, and Yellowstone was starting to cool down and shut down, but its hot spots were still percolating. “I was standing on a boardwalk and caught the picture of the three,” he said. It’s a tribute to the mighty geysers of Yellowstone but also to the time-honored tradition of taking the family to see this wonder of the West. Larsen and a friend have been photo-touring national parks for several years. He used a Canon Rebel XTi.
Rim with a view in Arizona
At first, the weather wasn’t kind to David Russell of Marina del Rey on an October 2004 photo trip to the Grand Canyon. The climate can change quickly in fall and winter -- but with brilliant results. Russell started out on the South Rim, where it was fogged in. So he drove to the North Rim, where he found a moment of sunshine at Navajo Bridge. He used an Olympus E-10 digital.
Like Serengeti sardines
This hippo pool lies 50 yards from a dining area at the Serengeti National Park river camp where Terry Powers and his fiancee, Jennifer Rusin, spent eight days in fall 2006. The hippos resemble rush-hour commuters on an overcrowded subway car -- and look just about as jammed for elbow room. No wonder Powers, of Irvine, said the big Tanzanian neighbors were not that neighborly. “You’d go to the water’s edge and they’d grunt and jostle, as if saying, ‘You think you’re gonna come in here?’ ” He used a Nikon N65 for the shot. (TERRY POWERS)