Our Take on Your Take

Our picks of your pics

A shoe hold up

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Since Iraqi journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi hurled his shoes at President Bush, footwear has become an integral part of rallies around the world. You Witness contributor Roshan Norouzi shows us the shoe effect during a protest in Tehran against Israeli air strikes on Gaza.

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Dive right in

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With this well-composed shot, Fiona Brophy captures the emotions of a young girl anticipating a dive.  The diver’s parallel position to the waterline adds directional movement to this still image.

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Bust a move

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Conan Whitehouse has used flash to freeze the movements of this Bboy during a competition in Sydney.

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“It’s a dream come true”

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You Witness contributor Jeff Bachner tells the story of following his passion of photography.

My journey to change careers started in November of 2005. My wife had been very ill for about a year. The stress of dealing with that and the everyday pressures of running a high volume luxury automobile dealership became overwhelming and I lost my job. I needed something to help keep my sanity during the remainder of my wife’s recovery.

Trouble in the streets of Athens

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Daphne Tolis sent in a series of pictures from the riots in Greece, with this one my pick of the bunch for its simple use of three elements to convey the scene: the smoke, the fire extinguisher and the masked riot policeman.

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Capturing the crash aftermath

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Two hours after the news broke about a military jet crashing into San Diego homes, I received an email to You Witness from Ron Belanger with a link to dramatic photos of the incident. Here is Ron’s account of events.

I was working at home near MCAS Miramar in San Diego mid-day Monday, when I heard the unmistakable “pop… pop…” sound of ejection seats firing nearby but hadn’t heard the jet’s engines. As a retired Navy pilot and aircraft accident investigator I suddenly realized this meant that a pilotless aircraft and ejection seats would soon be coming down. I took cover under my desk then heard a deafening sound as the plane crashed and the house shook violently.

Why the long face?

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Photography is so often about being on the lookout for that strange moment and being ready to capture it, which is exactly what Kyungwon Kuk has done in this image from South Korea.

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Shooting in the rain

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This image from Osman bin Adnan of soccer players training resembles more of a painting than a photograph as he uses a slow shutter speed to blur both the players and the rain as it falls.

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On the run in Chad

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Cillian Kelly sent in a selection of pictures to You Witness this week as he traveled with Irish troops to Chad. Cillian spent five days in Chad, three of which he stayed with the Irish Defence forces in Camp Ciara, just outside Goz Beida.

With monotones and dust obscuring the background in this frame, the young boy running after Irish troops becomes the sole focal point.

Remembering the veterans

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In this You Witness image from Dario Ayala he has successfully used a vignette to add interesting framing to his portrait of a World War Two veteran handing out poppies.

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