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Reader Photo: Día de los Muertos

For Angelenos, this year’s Día de los Muertos celebrations kicked off a bit early, with the annual Hollywood Forever Cemetery festival on Saturday.

Safi Alia Shabaik was taking photos at the event when she spotted a bicycle-wheel dome sculpture. She waited there a while, thinking it would make for an interesting photo. 

A boy, who was on his way to the main cemetery, briefly stopped to inspect the sculpture -- right in the middle of Shabaik’s frame. That’s when she knew she had her shot.

“The inquisitive nature and sense of curiosity that drives us when we are young,” she said. “This is one of the most important sparks we can fuel as it motivates us to explore, learn and grow.”

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Shabaik used a Canon 60D with an 18-135mm lens to make this image. 

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