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Reader photos: Best of Southern California moments for May 2013

I love the variety of processes involved in this month’s photos. From iPhone portraits, like Steve Saldivar’s image of Henry Nakamura at Evergreen Cemetery in East L.A., to Toby Hancock’s deceptively simple photograph of the Original Tommy’s World Famous Hamburgers sign framed by palm trees on Hollywood Boulevard.

I’m particularly impressed with the procedure that Hancock used to make a Polaroid out of a digital image, taking an image made with a Canon S90 point and shoot, filtering it in Instagram and emailing it to the Impossible Project NYC for more processing. Impossible Project NYC used an Impossible Project Instant Lab, which takes a photo of an iPhone screen and makes a Polaroid of the image. The result was snail mailed to Hancock, who scanned the Polaroid and put it online.

The other standout this month is from Flickr user “Jimmay Bones,” whose double exposure of a woman at the Getty Museum is just beautiful. I love double-exposures because of the thought and planning that goes into them, and if you haven’t seen his double-exposure work, you’re missing out.

At least three images this month were taken with iPhones — four if you count the iPhone step on Hancock’s process. I’m a big fan of the iPhone camera, and since the best camera is the one you have with you, it’s great to see such a small, convenient camera be so good. The only thing I would ask for is better low-light performance, but that’s a discussion for another post.

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