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A man receives a ticket and a lecture from a police officer on horseback, while a woman's hand reaches out to pet the horse on the right side of the frame in the Broadway theater district on March 25.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dana Barsuhn

A well-timed shot captures a person caught in a pose, a passing bird and the setting sun perfectly aligned on Venice Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Harry Datu

"Her tiny wings fluttered toward Hollywood," photographer Tony Scotino said of this woman spotted in Hollywood on Western Avenue on May 1.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tony Scotino

A group of swimmers off Santa Monica Beach on April 27.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jeanie Choe

A woman walks through the late afternoon light on Broadway in downtown L.A. on April 28.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: David Patrick Valera

Allison Mann during the during the 2012 Idyllwild Spring Challenge Cross Country race, in which Mann took first place on May 5.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ti Peng

Light shines from the inside of the American Apparel factory in downtown L.A. on April 30.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lenny Lloyd da Silva

A pigeon perches on top of a satellite dish in Playa del Rey during the solar eclipse on May 20.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Stephen Lee Carr

A man waits at the Pershing Square Metro station in downtown L.A. on April 26.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Ares

"I normally try not to take photos of people's backs, but for this shot I had to make an exception," photographer Mehdi Bouqua said of this image, taken on 7th St. in downtown L.A. on May 11.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mehdi Bouqua

A flag stands before grave markers at the Los Angeles National Cemetery in West L.A. on May 27. The weathered look was achieved by using an SX-70 Polaroid camera and PX 70 Color Shade PUSH! instant film

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Reader Photos: Best of Southern California Moments for May

With three professional sports teams making the playoffs, the Amgen Tour of California, a solar eclipse and Memorial Day, May was a month with many great images to choose from. Dana Barsuhn’s image of a man getting a stern talking-to by some officers on horseback is a great example of an image that tells a story — right down to the hand reaching out to pet the horse in the right-hand side of the frame. Meanwhile, Harry Datu’s image of a person with arms outstretched on Venice Beach is an example of perfect timing and serendipity in a shot: the sun, a passing bird and the person are all aligned, and the strong lines of the composition work well.

Then there are the mysteries: the woman with the butterfly wings on Hollywood Boulevard. Where is she going? Why is she wearing the wings? These are the types of questions that pull a viewer into a photo, but the fact that they’re unanswered, and probably never will be, makes them even more interesting.

Meanwhile, in choosing the images, I ran across two photos I felt were particularly strong, using a composition that usually isn’t. They’re very similar photos: one by Michael Ares and the other by Mehdi Bouqua, of men walking away with their hands posed thoughtfully behind their backs. As Bouqua said of his photo, photographers usually try to avoid photos of people’s backs. These are boring photographs in most cases, but here it’s the hands that betray the emotions of their subjects and make the photos interesting. What are they thinking about? If you could pick only one to include in the best of the month, which would you have chosen?

Last, and possibly my personal favorite for the month, is Toby Hancock’s image of a flag at the Los Angeles National Cemetery in West L.A. Taken the day before Memorial Day, the faded nature of the Polaroid-style instant film makes the image look as if it could have been taken a week ago, or decades ago, in the 1960s. Either way, the image, with its rows of American flags and gravestones, is a thoughtful image to the meaning of Memorial Day.

This month, we also got to take a look at what makes photographer Rinzi Ruiz tick. Know of another Southern California Moments contributor we should look at for a profile? Let us know in the comments.

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