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A paletero pushes his cart along a sidewalk in downtown L.A.


A fly alights on a flower at the Flower Fields in Carlsbad

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Diane Trimble

A frozen moment at Union Station.


The Watts Towers rise above the photographer in this Holga photo.


A surfer rides a wave during the Western Surfing Assn. competition in Huntington Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jeric de Leon

A man lies face-down on a sidewalk grate in downtown L.A.


"I was attracted by the street performer and a young girl listening to his music," Romeo Doneza said of this photo taken outside Metro station at Hollywood and Vine. "I immediately grabbed my camera and framed it."


A man sits at a bus stop on Melrose in an image captured as the photographer waited outside a store for her daughter.


Marines at the Twentynine Palms base keep tabs on a puppy using a ribbon as a makeshift leash.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay G. Thornton

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April’s best include a close-up of a flower (and resting fly) in Carlsbad and a skyward view of the Watts Towers, but the slide show begins and ends with two of my personal favorites — Mehdi Bouqua’s photograph of a lone paletero pushing his cart along a sidewalk in downtown L.A. and Jay Thornton’s photo of Marines in Twentynine Palms with a puppy on a leash. Both shots are well composed, and I love how Bouqua captured the paletero just as he walks through a gap in the shadows, and the clever crop in Thornton’s image of the puppy brings to mind a new image of the phrase “dogs of war.”

As Bouqua says, “there are many different styles and techniques that can be used to approach and capture your subject.” Some photographers choose to engage their subjects and some prefer to remain aloof, attempting to produce images that are as candid as possible. Some prefer to use film, an SLR or even just shoot with an iPhone. Each comes with advantages related to control, appearance and conspicuousness.

What’s your personal approach? Let us know in the comments, or by submitting to our Southern California Moments photo gallery or L.A. Times Community Flickr group.

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