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Mitch Mcilvaine waves a U.S. flag against a backdrop of Fourth of July fireworks at Pierpont Beach in Ventura.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andrew Davidson Jr.

The photographer cruises between two cars while traveling on a Honda VFR800 westbound on the 10 Freeway at sunset.


An image taken just before plunging down the West Coaster at the Santa Monica Pier.


Young BMX bikers ride at the Pleasant Valley Skate Park in Camarillo.


A woman photographed while talking in Old Towne Orange County.


Griffith Observatory obscured by a sea of clouds.


A shaft of sunlight illuminates a person climbing a staircase in downtown Los Angeles' Bradbury Building.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Norman Estrologo

The Ferris wheel at the Pike at Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach.


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Happy Fourth of July.

Sure, it’s a little late, but Andrew Davidson Jr.’s photograph brings me back to the holiday and provides the same enjoyment and amusement that I felt the first time I saw it. Yes, there are many, many other photographs of fireworks displays, U.S. flags and other patriotic imagery, but the streaks of light, giving the impression of a burst of fireworks going off in the background, and the way the subject is frozen holding the flag really make a unique image of a very commonly photographed event.

Another perspective I never expected to see was from a motorcycle zipping between two cars on the 10 Freeway. Greg Keating’s photo is definitely one that made me wonder how he managed to shoot from a moving motorcycle:

I cinch the camera strap reeeeal tight, and put that over my head, before I don my helmet.

Also, when I “prep” the camera, I use a 77-millimeter filter adapter with a UV filter, to protect the lens elements from damage. Lastly, I fold some paper a few times, and then tape strips of it to cover the Leica’s viewfinder and secondary window glass, so it doesn’t face any undue harm while cruising on the L.A. freeways.

Other standouts this month include John Gusky’s image of Griffith Observatory — one of my favorite places in the city — nearly submerged in some low-level clouds, and Norman Estrologo’s image of a woman climbing up a staircase in the Bradbury Building in downtown L.A. — also a personal favorite landmark.

Landmarks and events — they’re easy to shoot but difficult to make into something really original. How about you? Do you have any personal favorites to photograph?

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1 Comment

  1. October 4, 2012, 5:21 pm

    How is one of the best views of LA the one where I can't even see it

    By: rLchTree

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