Southern California Moments

Southern California Moments

A look at scenes from the Southland captured by Times readers.

We'd like to feature the moments you capture. Each week, we'll choose photos to share on L.A. Now (photos will be posted Monday through Friday at 4 p.m.), and monthly highlights will appear on Framework.

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Upload your images through Olapic or Flickr. You can also use #socalmoments to Tweet us your submissions. Be sure to describe your photo and include where and when it was taken (recent photos are preferred).

Monthly highlights

2013: January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December

2014: January | February | March

Sunset games

6:22 PM EDT, September 5, 2014

Sunset games

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

One place, many stories

8:11 PM EDT, September 4, 2014

One place, many stories

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

A halo on the 6th Street Bridge

8:13 PM EDT, September 3, 2014

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.

Dogs take over Dodger Stadium

7:00 PM EDT, September 2, 2014

Dogs take over Dodger Stadium

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

A hall full of music

7:00 PM EDT, July 18, 2014

A hall full of music

Once a year, young musical prodigies who attend The Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles get to perform with a full orchestra.

Where the road ends

7:00 PM EDT, July 17, 2014

Where the road ends

With graduation from UCLA around the corner, Edgar Ortiz and a friend traveled to the beach in early June to break from the busyness.

Giddy at the Getty

7:00 PM EDT, July 16, 2014

Giddy at the Getty

The Getty Villa in Malibu is a favorite spot for many, including Chris Hutchinson and his family, who visit a couple of times a year. 

Life's a dog beach

7:00 PM EDT, July 15, 2014

Life's a dog beach

French bulldog Murphy hates walks.

Welcome home

7:00 PM EDT, July 14, 2014

Welcome home

For the third time, Barby Tolentino traveled to the Channel Islands Air National Guard Station to spend the day welcoming home his younger brother from deployment. 

The perfect Southern California day

7:30 PM EDT, May 23, 2014

The perfect Southern California day

Last month, Rainbeau Tharp and her friend sought out to have a "SoCal day."

One man's heroes

6:30 PM EDT, May 22, 2014

One man's heroes

After leaving a Whittier pub one evening in April, Sam Smotherman spotted a man dressed in a sports coat, hat and a Cheech and Chong T-shirt.

Symmetry in a Reseda garden

7:37 PM EDT, May 21, 2014

Symmetry in a Reseda garden

While Jorge Alvarado was at his Reseda home, a bright green aeonium plant gave him pause.

Pressing questions at the Los Angeles Times' printing facility

7:00 PM EDT, May 20, 2014

Pressing questions at the Los Angeles Times' printing facility

Gabriel Carbajal went on a group tour of the Los Angeles Times’ Olympic printing plant last week, and while he says that he found the tour fascinating, it caused him to reflect.

Ladybugs like confetti in Studio City

7:30 PM EDT, May 19, 2014

Ladybugs like confetti in Studio City

Hoping to ward off unwanted bugs, Lindsay Taub released more than a thousand tiny ladybugs in her Studio City yard.

A birthday with butterflies

7:00 PM EDT, May 16, 2014

A birthday with butterflies

Catherine Lacey Dodd's son Reuben has been a longtime lover of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. So it was no surprise to her when he chose to celebrate his 7th birthday at the museum's Butterfly Pavilion.

A golden shot at Venice Beach

7:00 PM EDT, May 15, 2014

A golden shot at Venice Beach

Rinzi Ruiz caught the silhouette of a pal, mid-jump, backlit by Venice Beach's vibrant sunset.

A little goes a long way

7:00 PM EDT, May 14, 2014

A little goes a long way

Pablo Unzueta photographs a woman posing with her handcrafted necklaces and bracelets on Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles. The little money she earns from making and selling jewelery helps her "make ends meet," Unzueta says.

Yes, we can!

7:00 PM EDT, May 13, 2014

Yes, we can!

Thousands of people arrived in downtown Los Angeles on May 1 for the annual May Day marches supporting immigrant rights.

Attention grabber

7:00 PM EDT, May 12, 2014

Attention grabber

A girl looks up at a commotion caused by construction workers on top of a high-rise in downtown Los Angeles.

An up-close look at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens

7:00 PM EDT, May 9, 2014

An up-close look at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens

Marcie Gonzalez photographed a hummingbird flying near Puya venusta blossoms at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens on May 3.

Vacuums for sale in Panorama City

7:00 PM EDT, May 8, 2014

Vacuums for sale in Panorama City

Tim Melideo was driving through the San Fernando Valley in early May when he passed a man on a lawn chair selling vacuum cleaners. Two U-turns later, he took this photo. 

In downtown Los Angeles, mannequins in the shadows

7:00 PM EDT, May 7, 2014

In downtown Los Angeles, mannequins in the shadows

Ray Haack photographed a pair of mannequins in downtown Los Angeles on April 28. 

Kayak lessons in Marina del Rey

7:00 PM EDT, May 6, 2014

Kayak lessons in Marina del Rey

Eric Lassiter photographed a group of kids taking kayak lessons at Mother's Beach in Marina del Rey one foggy morning in January. 

Poppies in bloom in Lake Hughes, Calif.

7:00 PM EDT, May 5, 2014

Poppies in bloom in Lake Hughes, Calif.

Lynn Longos photographed poppies growing along Munz Ranch Road in Lake Hughes, Calif., near Lancaster on April 27.

Sun, sun, go away!

7:00 PM EDT, May 2, 2014

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Sun, sun, go away!

In Los Angeles, you're unlikely to see an umbrella unless it's raining or someone's sitting beneath one at the beach. Though the dermatologist would probably like to see more folks hiding from the sun, face it: We're mostly a sun-worshiping group in Southern California.

Reader photo: Oh, starry night

7:00 PM EDT, May 1, 2014

Reader photo: Oh, starry night

Star trail photography is one of the true telltale signs that you have moved beyond casual photos and are on your way to full-fledged photography addiction (if you're not there already). A time-lapse photo, such as today's pick, requires dedication, patience, equipment and some luck.

Come closer, little bird

7:00 PM EDT, April 30, 2014

Come closer, little bird

The tradition of the annual Blessing of the Animals on Olvera Street is always one of spectacle, and this year's was no different. Animals of all sizes were on hand and created quite the scene for attendees and photographers alike.

Reader photo: An old guitar

7:00 PM EDT, April 25, 2014

Reader photo: An old guitar

There's nothing cooler than an old guitar that shows its years. The paint is chipped straight through to the wood and it's long ago lost its gleam, but the sound only seems to improve as it ages.

Blue Ribbon Garden

7:00 PM EDT, April 24, 2014

Blue Ribbon Garden

The shape and material of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles often creates unique lighting conditions. In this case, the Blue Ribbon Garden at the hall seems to live up to its name in this image by Neil Fitzpatrick, taken Saturday.

Reader photo: Morning skate

7:00 PM EDT, April 23, 2014

Reader photo: Morning skate

Jason Moskowitz captures skateboarders and their shadows Saturday morning at the Venice Skate Park.

Reader photo: Photo bomb

7:00 PM EDT, April 22, 2014

Reader photo: Photo bomb

Albert Valles was in a shoot in Sylmar with Anthony Rodriguez, the son of a couple of friends, when the session was interrupted by the boy's dog, Sara. "She was barking as if she wanted to get his attention or asking for permission to sit next to him," Valles said.

Reader photo: A quiet moment

7:00 PM EDT, April 21, 2014

Reader photo: A quiet moment

Broadway is the typical downtown street - loud, noisy and full of people. Which is what makes the moment that Rinzi Ruiz captured in the above photo so special. The street appears deserted as a man walks under the marquee of the Los Angeles Theater, promising livelier times at a "YJP Roaring 20s Purim Party."

7:00 PM EDT, April 18, 2014

Reader photo: A boxer's 'Rocky moment'

Hugo Ramirez took this photo of Otto's "Rocky moment" at a Pasadena high school in February with a Sony A57.

7:00 PM EDT, April 17, 2014

Reader photo: Downtown artist

On a regular day exploring the streets of downtown L.A., Parth Bhakta caught an artist painting for a special someone at the corner of 7th Street and Broadway. He took this photo on March 29 with a Nikon D5200 Tokina 11-16mm wide angle lens.

Reader photo: Calm after the quake

7:00 PM EDT, April 16, 2014

Reader photo: Calm after the quake

After the 5.1 earthquake struck near La Habra last month, Rachelle Mendez took her boys outside to play.

Reader photo: Blood moon

7:00 PM EDT, April 15, 2014

Reader photo: Blood moon

Angelenos flocked outside to balconies, parking lots and Griffith Park on Monday night for the first full lunar eclipse of the year, a "blood moon." 

7:00 PM EDT, April 14, 2014

Reader photo: Ready, set, go!

Aaron Guy Leroux caught this shot at the start of the Los Angeles Tough Mudder race in San Bernardino on March 29. He took the photo with a Sony ILCE-7.

Reader photo: A pair of VIP guests

4:19 PM EDT, April 11, 2014

Reader photo: A pair of VIP guests

Michaeleen Gallagher captured this image of two nestling hummingbirds at Sunnyland Center & Gardens in Rancho Mirage. The garden is a 9-acre, arid yet colorful landscape on the grounds of The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands.

Reader photo: Bones and a bikini

7:00 PM EDT, April 10, 2014

Reader photo: Bones and a bikini

On a warm, picturesque California day at the beach, it’s hard to walk more than five feet without seeing someone with a camera or mobile phone.  After all, the Instagram sunset possibilities are endless…

Reader photo: Lady in ink

7:00 PM EDT, April 9, 2014

Reader photo: Lady in ink

Photographer Amparo Rios was dining at Rustic Burger in Valencia when she noticed the “unique look of the pretty bartender” focused on serving a customer’s drink.

Reader photo: The bubble artist

7:00 PM EDT, April 8, 2014

Reader photo: The bubble artist

Last Saturday, Diane Trimble and a group of fellow photographer colleagues attended the Renaissance Pleasure Faire of Southern California in Irwindale.

Reader photo: Puppy love

7:35 PM EDT, April 7, 2014

Reader photo: Puppy love

Last weekend, photographer Hugo Ramirez caught this exciting moment between two long-lost pals at Huntington Dog Beach.

Reader photo: Keeping cool in the downtown jewelry district

7:00 PM EDT, April 4, 2014

Reader photo: Keeping cool in the downtown jewelry district

Rinzi Ruiz photographed this dog in downtown Los Angeles' jewelry district in November 2013. Ruiz was initially drawn by its cuteness, he said, but was also impressed by how nonchalant it was when he knelt down to photograph it.

Reader photo: Light trail near LAX

7:00 PM EDT, April 3, 2014

Reader photo: Light trail near LAX

Looking to photograph the light trails of planes, Timo Saarelma set up a camera and tripod on a picnic table in Vista Del Mark Park near Los Angeles International Airport in January. Luckily, the sky was clear, and Saarelma managed to capture a couple of shots before the marine layer settled in for the evening, he said. He used a Canon EOS 7D. 

Reader photo: Airplane parts and skyscrapers in downtown Los Angeles

7:00 PM EDT, April 2, 2014

Reader photo: Airplane parts and skyscrapers in downtown Los Angeles

Anya Zaripova was exploring downtown Los Angeles in March. At the Museum of Contemporary Art, Nancy Rubin's "Chas' Stainless Steel, Mark Thompson's Airplane Parts, About 1000 Pounds of Stainless Steel Wire, Gagosian's Beverly Hills Space" sculpture caught her eye, so she approached for a closer look, she said. Underneath, she looked up. Seeing the chaotic sculpture against the perfectly shaped skyscrapers inspired her to take this photo, she said.  

Reader photo: Signs of spring in South Pasadena

7:00 PM EDT, April 1, 2014

Reader photo: Signs of spring in South Pasadena

Karol Franks photographed wisteria flowers hanging from an adobe building near her home in the South Pasadena area Feb. 26. "The wisteria vine is very old and twisted and produces fabulous blooms every spring," Franks said.

Reader photo: Downtown intersection

7:00 PM EDT, March 31, 2014

Reader photo: Downtown intersection

Chris Valle photographed pedestrians at the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Flower Street in downtown Los Angeles on March 5. 

Reader photo: Room to frolic

7:28 PM EDT, March 28, 2014

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Reader photo: Room to frolic

For all the change that happens in Los Angeles, it's nice to know there are some appreciated constants that (for the most part) will remain unchanged. Hollywood, with its rich history entangled in movies, theater and literature, has managed to keep some well-known fixtures around, including the legendary Frolic Room -- a longtime haunt of Hollywood legends and a favorite of writer Charles Bukowski.

Reader photo: Marathon volunteers

7:00 PM EDT, March 27, 2014

Southern California Moments

Reader photo: Marathon volunteers

The L.A. Marathon was a few weeks ago, but this photo is a beautiful reminder of the teams of volunteers that help make the marathon happen -- and provide much-needed refreshments to the runners along the route.

Reader photo: City explored

7:03 PM EDT, March 26, 2014

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Reader photo: City explored

Photographers, on the whole, are an inquisitive, exploring type of group. When left to their own devices -- namely, a camera and an endless amount of time -- most will wander around looking for hidden pockets of light or interesting alleyways, previously unknown to the photographer. All in search for something new and (hopefully) a great image.

Reader photo: Wetsuits and bougainvillea

7:00 PM EDT, March 25, 2014

Southern California Moments

Reader photo: Wetsuits and bougainvillea

Any good wetsuit owner knows that if you want to keep up the life of your suit, you must throughly rinse after use and hang dry. While photos of drying wetsuits aren't necessarily what one might consider a work of art, there's something about this photo from Stef McDonald that sweetly evokes Southern California and beach culture, without showing much of either.

Reader photo: The best kind of photobomb

7:00 PM EDT, March 24, 2014

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Reader photo: The best kind of photobomb

Although this photo goes beyond the borders of California, it definitely has a SoCal feel to it: while attending an Angels spring training game in Arizona, photographer (and Angels fan) Richelle Lavin was taking this picture of her daughter, Averie, when Angels player Mike Trout decided to photobomb the 3-year-old's photo.

Reader photo: Round and round

7:00 PM EDT, March 21, 2014

Reader photo: Round and round

Capturing motion blur and light trails with long exposures is fun, but doing it in daylight, with no tripod, can be quite difficult. Nancy Dushkin wasn't allowed to use her tripod at the carousel in Griffith Park for fear that a child might trip on it, so she braced the camera against a fence and shot hand-held.

Reader photo: Rick

7:00 PM EDT, March 20, 2014

Reader photo: Rick

"I obviously don't do it for the money, I do it so I can play my guitar all day long," said "Rick," the man in this image by Skylar Aud, taken Sunday at Sunset Boulevard and North Orange Drive in Hollywood. According to Aud, Rick has been homeless for two years and plays on the streets of Hollywood for money. 

Reader photo: Queen of the couch

7:00 PM EDT, March 19, 2014

Reader photo: Queen of the couch

Brian McStotts' cat Sammie shows her owner how to relax while sunbathing on the couch. While she enjoys the sunshine, she's happiest when doing so from behind a window because, according to McStotts, the 16-year-old cat is "an inside cat and not real comfortable in the great outdoors."

Reader photo: Hinoki grilled mushrooms

7:00 PM EDT, March 18, 2014

Reader photo: Hinoki grilled mushrooms

Some say photography is all about providing an experience of being there, but sometimes the viewers really wish they were there. This is one of those cases.

Reader photo: Hi there, T-Rex

7:00 PM EDT, March 17, 2014

Reader photo: Hi there, T-Rex

Photographer Catherine Lacey Dodd writes in an email:

Reader photo: City through the fog

7:00 PM EDT, March 13, 2014

Reader photo: City through the fog

The day after L.A.'s recent rainstorms, Albert Valles got up 40 minutes before sunrise in hopes of catching a clear shot of the city skyline.

Reader photo: Supergirl's photobomb

7:00 PM EDT, March 12, 2014

Reader photo: Supergirl's photobomb

This little Supergirl photobombed Cindi Kauffman's shot of tulips taken with an iPhone 4S on Saturday. 

7:00 PM EDT, March 11, 2014

Reader photo: End of the ride

This triumphant shot came at the end of Wolfpack Hustle's Marathon Crash Ride early Sunday morning at Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica.

7:00 PM EDT, March 10, 2014

Reader photo: Nail polish

On Jan. 27, Romeo Doneza shot this photo of a woman through the window of a nail salon with a Nikon D7000.

Reader photo: Bon appetit

7:00 PM EST, March 7, 2014

Reader photo: Bon appetit

Last month, photographer Doug Santo caught an Anna’s hummingbird snacking away at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden.

Reader photo: Checkmate

7:00 PM EST, March 6, 2014

Reader photo: Checkmate

Nicole Struppert was walking  around Santa Monica with her Fuji x-Pro1 when she saw two older men playing chess on a busy street.

Reader photo: Thanks, Dad

7:00 PM EST, March 5, 2014

Reader photo: Thanks, Dad

Doting father Christopher J. Hall took this picture with his Canon 5d Mark iii and 50mm f1.4 lens at Santa Monica Beach on a warm February day.

Reader photo: An erroneous warning

7:00 PM EST, March 4, 2014

Reader photo: An erroneous warning

Photographer Eric Beteille was in the middle of a “six-mile urban hike through Chinatown and Echo Park” when he noticed the sun piercing through Union Station’s waiting room.

Reader photo: 'Liminoid Garden'

7:00 PM EST, March 3, 2014

Reader photo: 'Liminoid Garden'

Christopher Roman first heard about Skyline 2014 via his trusty Twitter newsfeed.

Reader photo: Butterfly cluster at the Goleta Monarch Grove

7:00 PM EST, February 28, 2014

Reader photo: Butterfly cluster at the Goleta Monarch Grove

Andrew Hydle and his wife drive up to the Goleta Monarch Grove each year to see the butterflies during their annual migration. This year, the couple caught the monarchs near the end of their migration, but there were still quite a few clusters about, Hydle said. He took this photo on Feb. 23 with a Nikon D800.

Reader photo: In Hollywood, sightseeing monks

7:00 PM EST, February 27, 2014

Reader photo: In Hollywood, sightseeing monks

Archie Tucker photographed a group of sightseeing monks as they stopped for a few photos of their own in front of the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. He took this photo in July 2013 using a Nikon D7000.

Reader photo: Small moment at Santa Monica beach

7:00 PM EST, February 26, 2014

Reader photo: Small moment at Santa Monica beach

Mehdi Bouqua was lying on the sand at Santa Monica beach and taking closeup photos of beach birds. Then by luck, a beachgoer ran across the sand from just the right distance, Bouqua said, creating the unusual scale of this image. He took the photo in July 2013.  

Reader photo: Hale House at the Heritage Square Museum

7:00 PM EST, February 25, 2014

Reader photo: Hale House at the Heritage Square Museum

John Sequeira photographed the Hale House in Montecito Heights on Feb. 2. "Restored to its original glory, it demonstrates how quality can transcend changing times," Sequeira said.

Reader photo: Art and arches at North Hollywood subway station

7:00 PM EST, February 24, 2014

Reader photo: Art and arches at North Hollywood subway station

Jason Moskowitz photographed the entrance of the North Hollywood Red Line station on Feb. 17. He said he was drawn by the entrance's combination of tile work and arches. "I like to scour Los Angeles for interesting and unique structures and buildings that reflect the diversity and creative energy of the city," he said. 

Reader photo: Dig, dig, dig

7:00 PM EST, February 21, 2014

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Reader photo: Dig, dig, dig

While the word "dig" in music terms refers more to when DJs would search through bins of old records for music to sample, in today's digital age that could just as well refer to CDs. While music can easily be downloaded without leaving the couch, a trip to the music store, searching for music and holding physical vinyl records or CDs still has a certain je ne sais quois that doesn't fade.

Reader photo: Sailing takes me away

7:00 PM EST, February 20, 2014

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Reader photo: Sailing takes me away

While out on an impromptu trip to Venice Beach to take some pictures, photographer Reynaldo Obrero was about to leave when he saw this scene by chance.

Reader photo: Old habits die hard

7:46 PM EST, February 19, 2014

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Reader photo: Old habits die hard

The saying "old habits die hard" usually refers to unsavory behavior, but in this case, it's not: Actress Jane Fonda continues to be an activist for many causes, including taking part in the recent "One Billion Rising for Justice" rally in West Hollywood.

Reader photo: The art of printmaking

7:00 PM EST, February 18, 2014

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Reader photo: The art of printmaking

Although printmaking has become more rare these days, there are still a number of folks and organizations dedicated to keeping it and its history alive. Every October, the International Printing Museum in Carson holds the annual Los Angeles Printers Fair, celebrating the art of letterpress printing -- complete with rare and working machines. Crowds can visit to see how these machines work and produce prints and books, as well as see modern-day artists keeping love of the printing press alive.

Reader photo: Oh, kids

7:00 PM EST, February 17, 2014

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Reader photo: Oh, kids

It would be easy to take the cynical route with this photo and wag our fingers at these boys. We could talk about how there's a drought in California (there is), how we shouldn't have lawns (we know) or how we shouldn't play with water hoses (double no-no), but ... this scene is still pure magic.

Reader photo: Santa Monica sunset

7:00 PM EST, February 14, 2014

Reader photo: Santa Monica sunset

Some people think of watching a sunset on the beach as a romantic way to start an evening. When the wind is blowing, however, it becomes a slightly different experience. As Molly Fast said of this photo taken on Feb. 1 in Santa Monica, the weather was "so windy you could barely see in front of you."

Reader photo: Every which way

7:00 PM EST, February 13, 2014

Reader photo: Every which way

Weather vanes and blurred anemometers indicate a windy day on the beach as they tower over Matt McKown in this photograph of an art installation in Tongva Park in Santa Monica on Oct. 28.

Reader photo: 2nd Street tunnel

7:00 PM EST, February 12, 2014

Reader photo: 2nd Street tunnel

The 2nd Street tunnel is the latest flash point between drivers and bicyclists in downtown L.A. Both sides claim it as a key route into and out of downtown. With the addition of buffered bike lanes, drivers bemoan the loss of a driving lane and increased backups through the tunnel.

Reader photo: The 405

7:00 PM EST, February 11, 2014

Reader photo: The 405

Car lights form streaks down the 405 Freeway in this image by Kelvin Cheng, taken from the Getty on Nov. 16. Also visible is the Holiday Inn in the foreground, the Wilshire Corridor and downtown Los Angeles in the distance.

Reader photo: A rare rainy night

7:00 PM EST, February 10, 2014

Reader photo: A rare rainy night

Reader photo: View of the Valley

7:00 PM EST, February 7, 2014

Reader photo: View of the Valley

Mark Scott shot this view of the Valley while taking a walk with his wife down the Mulholland Trail toward the Old Nike Missile Site "whereupon you might see the spectre of the Cold War of a dark evening, if you drink enough Pabst and sort of squint out of the corner of your eye," he wrote.

Reader photo: One, two, tree

7:00 PM EST, February 6, 2014

Reader photo: One, two, tree

Brendan Holmes shot this photo of two silhouettes next to the shadow of a tree with his iPhone 5 on Jan. 24. 

Reader photo: Conducting the orchestra

7:00 PM EST, February 5, 2014

Reader photo: Conducting the orchestra

On Jan. 24, Aydin Palabiyikoglu shot this photo of Maestro Barry Brisk conducting the Beach Cities Symphony Orchestra in Redondo Beach. He took the photo with a Nikon D800 and 400-millimeter lens.

7:00 PM EST, February 4, 2014

Reader photo: Building reflections

On his way back from the Chinese New Year Parade in downtown Los Angeles, Richard Hammond decided to take a walk by Angels Flight, where he took photos more than 30 years ago. While walking back to the Red Line station, he caught a glimpse of this window reflecting of 550 S. Hill St. and snapped a picture.

Reader photo: Dew drops

7:30 PM EST, February 3, 2014

Reader photo: Dew drops

After last week's heavy fog, Jeff Manghera shot this photo of the dew that collected on his sunroof. He took the photo on Jan. 28 in San Pedro with an LG Optimus Elite.

Reader photo: Sweet satisfaction

7:00 PM EST, January 31, 2014

Reader photo: Sweet satisfaction

Happiness is ... taking your first bite of cotton candy at a Los Angeles Kings game.

Reader photo: Picture-in-picture

7:00 PM EST, January 30, 2014

Reader photo: Picture-in-picture

Photographer Sterling Davis caught this moment of someone taking a picture of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles' Bunker Hill district. 

Reader photo: Swagger

7:00 PM EST, January 29, 2014

Reader photo: Swagger

At the Maze featuring Frankie Beverly concert last November, street photographer George Sifuentes couldn’t help but revel in the many attendees who were “dressed to impress.”

Reader photo: Splish splash

7:00 PM EST, January 28, 2014

Reader photo: Splish splash

Bath time at Catherine Lacey Dodd’s home is a photo-friendly affair.

Reader photo: An unforeseen circumstance

7:20 PM EST, January 27, 2014

Reader photo: An unforeseen circumstance

It was a typical sunny and picturesque Southern California evening. Except it wasn’t, at least not for long.

Reader photo: An egret takes off at Redondo Beach

7:00 PM EST, January 24, 2014

Reader photo: An egret takes off at Redondo Beach

John Ferguson photographed an egret take off at Redondo Beach on Jan. 12. Its takeoff motions and loose feathers made it look like it was going to do a backflip, Ferguson said. He used a Nikon D80.

Reader photo: Sunset in Koreatown

8:00 PM EST, January 23, 2014

Reader photo: Sunset in Koreatown

Ryan C. Winkleman photographed a flock of birds flying through Koreatown on Dec. 31, 2013.

Reader photo: Low tide at Venice Pier

7:00 PM EST, January 22, 2014

Reader photo: Low tide at Venice Pier

Eric Lassiter photographed beachgoers near Venice Pier at low tide on Jan. 5. He was underneath the pier watching passersby when the pregnant woman caught his eye. The man with the cane is a regular in this area and comes by to feed the seagulls, Lassiter said. 

Reader photo: An afternoon in Little Tokyo

7:00 PM EST, January 21, 2014

Reader photo: An afternoon in Little Tokyo

Camille Aligue photographed Japanese Village Plaza in Little Tokyo on Jan. 5. "I was originally taking a photo of something else and I had my back turned to this scene, but then I turned around and saw this!" Aligue said. She used a Canon Rebel EOS T3.

Reader photo: Peace

7:00 PM EST, January 17, 2014

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Reader photo: Peace

After a week of work, sometimes what you need is a pre-weekend palate cleanser. Today's photo comes courtesy of photographer Matt Allard and it's a welcome change of pace for the start of the weekend.

Reader photo: Let's do this

7:00 PM EST, January 16, 2014

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Reader photo: Let's do this

Getting certain action shots takes nerves of steel, but the photographic proof can be rewarding. Keith Pytlinski regularly takes photos from the center of the action. Pytlinski took this shot of Supercross rider Colton Aeck as he was doing some practice runs in Moorpark for an upcoming race. Pytlinski used a Canon 7D with a Tokina 12-24 f/4 lens.

Reader photo: Double sunset

7:00 PM EST, January 15, 2014

Southern California Moments

Reader photo: Double sunset

For whatever reasons---the ocean, the smog, the latitude, whatever---Los Angeles has some gorgeous sunsets. We see it constantly in our Flickr and Instagram feeds; sunset photos taken from the beach, the mountains, the rooftops, you name it. We understand: we love the sunsets, also.

Reader photo: Metro light

7:00 PM EST, January 14, 2014

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Reader photo: Metro light

Admittedly, a number of us on the SoCal Moments team are infatuated with light. There's something striking about pictures with a strong sense of chiaroscuro.

Reader photo: Let's go

7:00 PM EST, January 13, 2014

Southern California Moments

Reader photo: Let's go

When a subject looks into the camera, the result can either be your typical posed shot or something more; here is a prime example of a photo that falls into that "something more" category. The half-hidden look obscured by the scarf and the subject's hair, the sense of being led through an alleyway by this person--all of this adds a bit of mysteriousness (and mischief, perhaps?) to the picture.

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