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Photographing Los Angeles in Motion

Los Angeles is famously daunting to navigate. But that same sprawl yields a fascinating variety of architectural styles, historical influences, and notable attractions that make it ripe for photography. We sent a pro—AFAR Ambassador Colin Roohan—out to explore the pulsating metropolis equipped with a PowerShot G5 X. The assignment brought him to corners of the city he hadn’t explored previously and served as a reminder that in L.A., things somehow fuse together beautifully.
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1632 Bellevue Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
I was eager to experiment with the self-timer on the PowerShot G5 X because I’ve found previously that this is an area in which point-and-shoots don’t offer much precision. So I set the camera on a small tripod and took several frames around some...
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1231 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA
This culturally rich area is an exciting place to spend an afternoon. The architecture and signage alone demand your attention. If it’s not a comedic spin on a propaganda poster catching your eye, then it’s a busy crosswalk emblazoned with dragon...
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978 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA
While in Chinatown, I suggest popping into Pok Pok for a refreshing libation like the fizzy Naam Manao limeade, which really hits the spot on a hot L.A. day. (The restaurant is the latest outpost from chef Andy Ricker, who has won raves for his...
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111 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA
This bowed silver building stands out among the skyscrapers of Downtown L.A. (though it now has an equally interesting-looking neighbor in the Broad). Those stainless-steel curves have a purpose, though. Architect Frank Gehry designed the...
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Downtown L.A.'s Grand Central Market has been operating in one capacity or another since 1917. Its past lives have seen it housing fish dealers, butchers, Jewish delis, flower shops, and an egg vendor. Nowadays, the market is a lunch and dinner...