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Had a great day exploring Los Angeles for CicLAvia – after a long day walking many miles, found this one last shot, my favorite.

People dance during a "@PinDropParty" in the 2nd Street tunnel as cyclists pass during CicLAvia on Sunday, October 5, 2014 in Los Angeles, Calif. (Patrick T. Fallon/ For the Los Angeles Times)

People dance during a “@PinDropParty” in the 2nd Street tunnel as cyclists pass during CicLAvia on Sunday, October 5, 2014 in Los Angeles, Calif. (Patrick T. Fallon/ For the Los Angeles Times)


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A close game Saturday afternoon. Always love the faces in the fans that linger in the backgrounds. Though trying to get the game-winning shot  can be a challenge when shooting ice level through a small hole on the opposite side.

Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll (28) celebrates his winning shot as Anaheim Ducks defenseman Bryan Allen (5) looks on during the overtime period of the NHL Hockey game between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks at the Staples Center on Saturday, November 15, 2014 in Los Angeles, Calif. The Kings defeated the Ducks 3-2 in overtime. (Patrick T. Fallon/ For the Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll (28) celebrates his winning shot as Anaheim Ducks defenseman Bryan Allen (5) looks on during the overtime period of the NHL Hockey game between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks at the Staples Center on Saturday, November 15, 2014 in Los Angeles, Calif. The Kings defeated the Ducks 3-2 in overtime. (Patrick T. Fallon/ For the Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll (28) celebrates with teammate defenseman Jake Muzzin (6) during the overtime period of the NHL Hockey game between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks at the Staples Center on Saturday, November 15, 2014 in Los Angeles, Calif. The Kings defeated the Ducks 3-2 in overtime. (Patrick T. Fallon/ For the Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll (28) celebrates with teammate defenseman Jake Muzzin (6) during the overtime period of the NHL Hockey game between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks at the Staples Center on Saturday, November 15, 2014 in Los Angeles, Calif. The Kings defeated the Ducks 3-2 in overtime. (Patrick T. Fallon/ For the Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter (77) collides with Anaheim Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen (31) and defenseman Sami Vatanen (45) during the third period of the NHL Hockey game between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks at the Staples Center on Saturday, November 15, 2014 in Los Angeles, Calif. The Kings defeated the Ducks 3-2 in overtime. (Patrick T. Fallon/ For the Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter (77) collides with Anaheim Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen (31) and defenseman Sami Vatanen (45) during the third period of the NHL Hockey game between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks at the Staples Center on Saturday, November 15, 2014 in Los Angeles, Calif. The Kings defeated the Ducks 3-2 in overtime. (Patrick T. Fallon/ For the Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) makes a save against Anaheim Ducks left wing Matt Beleskey (39) and Hampus Lindholm (47) during the second period of the NHL Hockey game between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks at the Staples Center on Saturday, November 15, 2014 in Los Angeles, Calif. (Patrick T. Fallon/ For the Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) makes a save against Anaheim Ducks left wing Matt Beleskey (39) and Hampus Lindholm (47) during the second period of the NHL Hockey game between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks at the Staples Center on Saturday, November 15, 2014 in Los Angeles, Calif. (Patrick T. Fallon/ For the Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles Kings center Tyler Toffoli (73) and Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll (28) celebrate a goal as Anaheim Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen (45) reacts during the second period of the NHL Hockey game between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks at the Staples Center on Saturday, November 15, 2014 in Los Angeles, Calif. (Patrick T. Fallon/ For the Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles Kings center Tyler Toffoli (73) and Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll (28) celebrate a goal as Anaheim Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen (45) reacts during the second period of the NHL Hockey game between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks at the Staples Center on Saturday, November 15, 2014 in Los Angeles, Calif. (Patrick T. Fallon/ For the Los Angeles Times)

Job seeker Felicia Williams, right, waits in line to speak with job recruiters at the Career Choice Inland Empire Career Fair in Ontario, California, U.S., on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. The U.S. Department of Labor is scheduled to release intial jobless claims figures on Sept. 11, 2014. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

Job seeker Felicia Williams, right, waits in line to speak with job recruiters at the Career Choice Inland Empire Career Fair in Ontario, California, U.S., on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. The U.S. Department of Labor is scheduled to release intial jobless claims figures on Sept. 11, 2014. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

Louise Bernardez, grandmother of missing swimmer Marlon Fajardo, 21, looks out at the ocean as lifeguards search for the man near Redondo Beach on Sept., 6, 2014. Divers later recovered a body. (Patrick T. Fallon / For The Times)

Louise Bernardez, grandmother of missing swimmer Marlon Fajardo, 21, looks out at the ocean as lifeguards search for the man near Redondo Beach on Sept., 6, 2014. Divers later recovered a body. (Patrick T. Fallon / For The Times)

I awoke to the sounds of helicopters at about 4am, still battling jet lag, and again about 7am heard them still. I soon learned that a man was missing near Knob Hill in Redondo Beach. This hit particularly close to home for me as I have swam in these very waters, I knew some of the rescue workers personally from high school and this man was only a few years younger than I.
Photographing tragedy like this is challenging: I strive to be respectful, professional and compassionate to those effected by such loss, such as this grandmother Louise Bernardez. Speaking with her on the shore was an honor. She came across as an incredibly strong woman, an impression shared by the lifeguards as well as she stood on the shore looking across the water. For me the above image represents that strength in the face of the vast ocean.

Speaking with her again after it was confirmed that SCUBA divers had recovered a body, she said “It’s not a happy ending, but at least it’s still good to know they found him… I believed that he was gone. How long can you survive? Just a sharp minute.”
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Griffith Observatory glows at night in this long exposure image as the skyline of downtown stands on Monday, June 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, Calif. © 2014 Patrick T. Fallon - All Rights Reserved, No Use Without Permission (Patrick T. Fallon)

Griffith Observatory glows at night in this long exposure image as the skyline of downtown stands on Monday, June 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, Calif. © 2014 Patrick T. Fallon – All Rights Reserved, No Use Without Permission