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Beijing Games: picture of the day

August 7, 2008

Picture of the day

Russell Boyce writes: Reuters staff photographer Darren Whiteside has captured a moment of quiet and tense preparation at the rowing venue. Silhouetting the Russian women’s Quadruple Sculls team by exposing for the hazy highlights, most of the colour is removed from the image.

By using the light in this way a sense of the tension starting to rise is created as rowlocks are tightened, boats polished and blades checked and double checked.

Russell Boyce is Reuters chief photographer, Asia. For a selection of other great Reuters pix from the Games click here. For the previous day’s chosen picture click here.


At fist glance I thought it was an early morning Chinese street vendor setting up her wok.

Posted by Neal | Report as abusive

Great picture Darren .. the silhouette effect is amazing


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