Mono Lake | 2012
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Our favorite summer vacation photos from readers in 2012

The texture and lighting of this photo of highly alkaline Mono Lake by Jeremy Tripp of Bethesda, Md., create an otherworldly sense. The image’s many layers add to the enjoyment and mystery. Tripp used a Canon 7D to capture the shot.

 (Jeremey Tripp)

This picture, shot in Italy’s Naples province, has all the elements a photographer dreams of, including amazing light and composition. Adam Allegro of Agoura Hills took the photograph with a Nikon D800.

 (Adam Allegro)
This lineup of the Kakku Pagodas set against the pearlescent sky can’t help but pique one’s curiosity. The photo also hints at the mysteries of the former Burma. Nikon D90 (Allen Gilbert, Los Angeles)

Move over, Acropolis. Here’s the real memory maker. The unexpected makes for photos you’ll remember. You’d hardly expect four orange guys in the middle of the Greek capital, would you? Dawn Rosenquist of Los Angeles took the image with a Nikon D90.

 (Dawn Rosenquist)
Yikes. This isn’t recommended. Nonetheless, this is one of those photos that captures a time and place and state of being. The timing required for this shot makes it noteworthy as well. Sony NEX3 (Ludia Kochan, Los Angeles)
Some of the best photos are ones that make you look twice. This one made us ponder the oddity, never mind the possibility, of a three-headed giraffe. Nikon D40X (Aubrey Weber, Hidden Hills)
This photograph feels like a painting. The long exposure creates a sense of serenity, even though the photographer noted that alligators lurk in these waters. Pentax K5 (Troy Dalmasso, Los Angeles)

The lighting is ideal, but the bonus is the cheetah’s “lipstick,” which gives this photograph, taken on a safari, an element of surprise. Debra Griffith of Mission Viejo took the shot with a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS.

 (Debra Griffith)

Finding a fresh way to capture a familiar subject can be a challenge, but Brian Rothmuller of Irvine rose to the occasion. This shot of a portion of the iconic 984-foot Eiffel Tower also exemplifies wonderful use of available lighting. Rothmuller used a Nikon D7000.

 (Brian Rothmuller)
This was a gift that kept on giving. The photographer received a balloon ride as a birthday present, then captured this mesmerizing shot. The colors and lines in this well-composed photo lead your eye to the human figure, which gives it a sense of scale. Canon T3i (Gareth Richards, Jurupa Valley, Calif.)
Photo taken with a Canon EOS Rebel T3i. (Fidel Mora, Upland)
Photo taken with an iPhone. (Tina Lazaroff, Tarzana)
Java sparrows (gray), saffron finches (yellow) and a house sparrow (brown) at a bird feeder. Photo taken with a Nikon D80. (Meredith French, San Diego )
Photo taken with a Nikon D80. (Anthony Galvan III, Goleta, Calif. )
Photo taken with a Canon EOS 60D. (Matthew Urquhart, Victoria, Canada)

Anna Rolbin of San Clemente captures a humpback whale breaching near Juneau, Alaska.

 (Anne Rolbin)
Photo taken with a Casio EX-S200. (Bryan Matt McConnell, Chino Hills)

Felicia Tausig captured Australia’s Great Barrier Reef with an Olympus TG-320 underwater camera.

 (Felicia Tausig)

Adam Allegro of Agoura Hills captured this image in the Vatican Museums in Vatican City.

 (Adam Allegro, Agoura Hills)
Photo taken with a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230. (Jane Wike, Manhattan Beach)

T.D. Hathcock of Flower Mound, Texas, captures an image of a bear at Brooks Falls in Alaska’s Katmai National Park.

 (T.D. Hathcock, Flower Mound, Texas )
Photo taken with a Nikon D90. (Larry Heyert, Hermosa Beach)
Photo taken with a Pentax K-5 and 20-second exposure.  (Troy Dalmasso, Los Angeles)
Photo taken with a Canon EOS 7D. (Gerald J. Harper, Seal Beach)
Photo taken with a Nikon D700. (Del Dickson, National City)
Photo taken with an LG Cosmos VN250 mobile phone. (Chris Northrup, Culver City)
Photo taken with a Nikon D60. (Amber Lunsford, Sacramento)
Photo taken with a Nikon D5100. (Jess Walia, Los Angeles)
Photo taken with a Nikon D7000 during the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics. (Brian Rothmuller, Irvine)

This image of a buffalo was taken in South Dakota’s Custer State Park.

 (Ken Kealey and Larry Tyler)
Photo taken with a Nikon D7000.  (Larry Shore, Seal Beach)
Photo taken with a Nikon D7000. (Connie Terry, Seal Beach)
Photo taken with a Canon EOS 60D. (Farrah Stewart, Riverside)
Maligne Lake Boathouse at Maligne Lake. (Henri Mondschein, Agoura Hills)
Photo taken with a Nikon D90. (Skylar Aud, West Hollywood)
Photo taken with an iPad 3. (Francie Murphy, Del Mar)
Photo taken with a Canon EOS Rebel T3i. ( Kim Sullivan, Rancho Palos Verdes)
Photo taken with a Panasonic DMC-FX100. (Cynthia Chan, Cerritos)
Photo taken with a Nikon D90. (Susan Kasenow, Los Angeles)

Cheryl Junod of Santa Monica took this underwater image in Oahu’s Hanauma Bay.

 (Cheryl Junod)
Photo taken with a Canon 5D Mark II. (Harry Zimmerman, Marina del Rey)
Photo taken with a Canon PowerShot SX30-IS.  (Laurie Engelhardt, Hermosa Beach )
Photo taken with an iPhone. (Bill Jones, Dana Point)

Michael Wong of Porter Ranch takes a photo of his sons David, 8, and Joseph, 4, on Odaiba Island, Tokyo, with a Canon EOS 60D.

 (Michael Wong)
Photo taken with a Nikon D3100. (Martha Steinharter, Riverside)
Photo taken with a Panasonic Lumix FZ150. (Judith A. Proffer, Encino)
Photo taken with a Nikon D5100. (Tony Zeng, Irvine)
Photo taken with an iPhone using the Hipstamatic app. (Marcia Luce, Los Angeles)
Photo taken with a Canon Rebel T2i. (Danielle Edison, Costa Mesa)
Photo taken with a Nikon D90. (Ken Lee, Lake Balboa)
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