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Commonly seen in the airspace over Los Angeles is the ubiquitous police helicopter hovering for hours over active crime scenes, doing tight circles again and again until the operation is over or the chopper peels off to refuel, only to be replaced by another that goes round and round the sun. Sometimes, being beneath the clatter and rotor wash reminds me of Baghdad.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

The "perp walk" doesn't happen much any more but, when it does, it's sure to attract a swarm of media types. It's just our nature to chase stuff down, including this man who was arrested for allegedly distributing tanks of nitrous oxide for use as a drug in the local rave and dance party scene.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

College football in March? Yes, players reported to spring practice in early March. The button on Marqise Lee's helmet says it all: "Speed." Indeed, the Trojans' star wide receiver is swift and strong, and gifted with all the game-breaking athleticism to play Division I ball.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Leia Down does business as a character named Mask'd Desire. For a fee, she will come to your event and walk around in a tight vinyl outfit and knee-high pink boots. She doesn't do much more than that, but says she does quite well.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

I do enjoy shooting Opening Day at Chavez Ravine. The vibe was particularly festive this year, and a lot of old timers showed up. I was in the right place to shoot Dodgers pitching ace Clayton Kershaw charge out of the dugout and slap hands with legendary former Manager Tommy Lasorda before taking the mound. Kershaw was the star of the day, pitching a complete-game shutout over the reigning world champions and NL West rival San Francisco Giants. The young lefty also hit a solo homer in the eighth inning to power the blue to a 4-0 win.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Whenever my editors make a late afternoon request for feature pictures, I often head to historic Olvera Street -- a colorful place where photographers just can't miss.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Despite hard, concrete edges, there's usually something in the Los Angeles cityscape that softens the scene.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Nothing catches the eye like old iron. There's just something special about the workaday craftsmanship of old things. This vintage truck may have been mass produced, but its design and quality appeals long after rolling off the assembly line.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

A news photographer covers dozens of protests and rallies each year, and the challenge is to make interesting visuals of the same old same old. The scene was the Orange County Hall of Administration, where clients of a nonprofit health organization for the county's poorest residents gathered to protest public funding cuts. I spotted this toddler and took a few frames.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

On March 26, members of the LGBT community of Long Beach raised a gay pride flag over the Long Beach Civic Center. It has been nearly five years since I photographed gay couples happily getting their marriage licenses at a courthouse in Beverly Hills. That was when a window briefly opened then quickly shut. Their fight for marriage equality continues.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

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A photographer’s assignment gets edited down for the newspaper and online. Details and moments significant to the photographer often don’t make the cut. “Outtakes” presents a selection of those images. We welcome comments and discussion.

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  1. May 2, 2013, 4:42 pm

    Love reading this stuff. Keep up the good work!

    By: Jesusita
  2. June 16, 2013, 1:55 pm

    I like it a lot, what a great picture. following on twitter!

    By: Sony Xperia

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