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A boy takes a bite of cotton candy at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles


A surfer is photographed in the ocean from Venice Pier.


A woman takes a photo of the sunset at Griffith Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Berryman

Visitors walk through Japanese Village Plaza in Little Tokyo

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Camille Aligue

A woman walking down an alleyway glances back toward the camera.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lizette Carrasco

Tree branches at Dockweiler Beach.


A concertgoer during intermission at a performance by Maze at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: George Sifuentes

A tiny T-Rex decorates a curb near the Annenberg Space for Photography.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Josephine Runneboom

A young boy plays in some water.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Catherine Lacey Dodd’s

Looking over the northern San Fernando Valley.


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Reader photos: Best of Southern California Moments for January 2014

At the beginning of every year, I naturally think “back to the basics.” In the gym, at work, with family and friends — revisiting the foundations in various aspects of my life seems to be a common theme.

As I sorted through January’s Southern California Moments, I remembered that creating imagery is no different.

What makes for a provocative photograph? We’ve all learned the various elements of a picture: subject, composition, color, lighting, context, etc. As I scoured the reader submissions, it was clear to me that, despite what type of camera was used, each of you is inclined to focus on and be inspired by one or two of these fundamental requisites. And that’s a good thing.

Last month, in particular, we saw a lot of subject-driven images that despite their simplicity are still able to engage the viewer. There’s Lizette Carrasco’s downtown Los Angeles alleyway shot of a young, mysterious woman half hidden by her scarf and hair. One’s attention is drawn immediately to her eyes.

Most of Catherine Lacey Dodd’s pictures are of her children playing in the shower. Using her Canon 5D Mark III, she’s captured her son’s priceless face, anticipating the impact of a cold splash of water.

Another image is of a well-dressed man with a spunky personality that caught the attention of George Sifuentes and his iPhone 4S. The street photographer says all his portraits are inspired by a character, first and foremost.

Perhaps my favorite image is David Sanden’s tight shot of his friend’s son at a hockey game, a side profile of a boy enjoying his cotton candy.  It’s so effortless and yet I’m able to hear the buzzer and taste the sugar.  So as you go out and look for photo-worthy moments, remember…  sometimes it really is all about the simple things.

Happy hunting! Feel like there’s a photo I left out, or one that doesn’t belong in the set? Sound off in the comments. See you next month.

Submit your photos here or to our Flickr group. You can also hashtag your photos #SoCalMoments on Instagram or Twitter. 

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