Our Take on Your Take

Our picks of your pics

Picturing pain


Empathy is not always an easy emotion to bring out in viewers but this picture from Farzana Hossen of a woman reacting to a fire that destroyed her home in a slum in Bangladesh certainly brought it out in me. Farzana’s use of black and white seems to emphasis the woman’s face and grief.

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In search of a story


Your View contributor Tomas Cer traveled to the border town of Villazon to find his story. In the town, Bolivian women cross the border between Argentina and Bolivia daily bringing goods. Tomas provided a selection of images, including wide scene-setting images and tight story-telling portraits. Sometimes photography is about being a journalist, finding where there is a compelling story and thinking about how best to show the story visually.

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Stick around or miss it


Sometimes the interesting things happen after a big event – just as everyone is turning around and walking away. Contributor Iskandar Syaharizal stuck around after a community firefighting demonstration in Kuala Lumpur and captured these neighborhood kids playing in the puddle of foam left behind.

While contributor Supratik Chakraborty stuck around after the end of an idol immersion ceremony in India just as a young boy came forward to dive in after them.

Getting closer to the action



Your View contributor Stuart Clyne captured a dramatic action photo taken during a festival in Phuket, Thailand.

Clyne used a wide-angle focal length to take this picture, which meant he had to get close to his subjects. The paper wadding from exploding firecrackers and the hands covering the faces of the parade participants make it feel as if you the viewer are right in the action.

Rock ‘em sock ‘em


WrestlingYour View contributor Ryan Dyer captured this action scene during an independent-circuit wrestling match in Calgary, Alberta.The contrasting stillness of the wrestler on the bottom with the furious movements of the wrestler on top, reminds us that no matter your feelings on the sport’s authenticity, the showmanship and physicality involved keeps the excitement at a high pace.View this week’s Your View showcase here.

Where there’s smoke…


Your View contributor Ross Beckley shot this photo of a firefighter from the New South Wales Fire Brigades during a recent fire in Australia.

Beckley was at the scene to capture the firefighters in action. Instead of a dramatic news photo of a fire rescue, he captured the ethereal feel of the smoke surrounding a firefighter. The framing of the subject allows the smoke to be a dominant element in the composition.

A deadly composition


Kabul explosion

Your View contributer Elissa Bogos was on the scene in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, after a devastating suicide bombing on October 8 outside the Indian embassy that killed 17 people and wounded dozens more.

Despite the chaos, she managed to snap this well composed photograph of a uniformed man walking through the strewn wreckage. By framing this man between two sets of exposed girders, the composition creates a frame within a frame that quickly draws the viewer to the main subject at hand.

Show of commitment


Sometimes news events can drag on longer than a photographer plans. Just ask Reuters Honduras photographer Edgard Garrido, who has been in the Brazilian embassy holed up with the ousted President for more than 10 days. Your View contributor Edin Tuzlak has been following the story of Bosnian veterans protesting on the streets of Sarajevo for two days. Edin has managed to capture both sides, the police and the protesters, to give viewers an insight into the news event.

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Tsunamis and quakes: Your View of the scene


It was just a few hours after news broke about an 8.0 magnitude quake hitting off the coast of Samoa that the first picture of the ensuing tsunami dropped into Reuters’ user-generated content system Your View. As the Singapore picture desk was monitoring the intake, they negotiated a price for the picture and it was moved on the Reuters pictures wire early this morning, available to media clients worldwide.

A view of the Sinalei resort, south of Apia, capital of Samoa, after it was struck by a tsunami September 29, 2009.  REUTERS via Your View/Henry F

A red and dusty day in Sydney


When a dust storm blanketed Sydney this week it provided good fodder for photographers. Everyone from Reuters photographer Tim Wimborne to Your View contributor Joshua Kerr captured the city coated in a red mist. The Boston Globe Big Picture blog even allows you to click on Tim’s pictures to see the city go from red to clear.

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