Our Take on Your Take

Our picks of your pics

Monsoon season

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Contributor Jashim Salam captures the arrival of the monsoon rains in Bangladesh with a striking view of the clouds and also two boys in Chittagong experiencing their first rainfall of the season. The monsoon season typically accounts for eighty percent of the yearly rainfall in countries like Bangladesh.

Independence Day

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To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s exploration of the Hudson River, this year’s July 4th fireworks spectacular took place over the Hudson rather than the East River. Of course, this meant every New Yorker – and photographer – had to choose a new sight line to view the show from. Contributor Jody Kasch climbed onto a 24th Street rooftop and captured these surreal portraits as 40,000 shells were exploded at a rate of 1,500 per minute.

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Where there’s smoke

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We took a liking to this contribution from Jashim Salam, of children watching from above as firefighters work to extinguish a blaze in the Bangladeshi city of Chittagong. The fire’s smoke, normally a tad frightening, manages to seem almost whimsical as it drifts up past the kids and into the shafts of light.

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The other Michael Jackson

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The sudden death of pop icon Michael Jackson was surely the biggest story of the week and his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame quickly became a go-to point for fans and media. Only there was one problem – the pop icon’s Hollywood star was hidden under a red carpet the night of his death. Contributor Daniel Dreifuss captures the confusion in this moody portrait as photographers and fans gather mistakenly around the star of Los Angeles-area radio personality Michael Jackson.

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View from Tehran

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We received a selection of Your View pictures from Iran’s presidential election this week. Here is a selection of the best.

A supporter of Iranian presidential candidate and current President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran June 10, 2009. Your View/Mohammad Javad Jahangir

A burning issue

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Dzenan Krijestorac captured the emotion on this woman’s face and the emotion of the situation as a Roma community in Sarajevo set their homes on fire after being forced to move.

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A quiet memorial

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In this photo Daniel Dreifuss has used simple composition to emphasis the moving content of the image, the names of fallen U.S. soldiers.

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Depth of photography

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Though vastly different in subject matter, the two photos above use depth of field to bring the details into focus while leaving the background slightly soft.

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Images of a democracy icon

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Detained Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is one of the most difficult people for journalists to photograph as access to the democracy icon is severely limited. Often the only way to see an image of Suu Kyi is on the posters and placards of demonstrators protesting her detention, or in the case above against fresh charges brought against her.

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On the lookout for pirates

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Your View contributor Nobert Allan garnered access to eleven suspected pirates as they were escorted from a French navy ship after docking in Mombasa. Being alert for news events and ensuring you are on location when they happen are essential skills for photographers.

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