Our Take on Your Take

Our picks of your pics

Power of light

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Photography is all about light. When scouting out a location it’s important to look for the light source, as Mohandas has done in this picture of Taekwondo fighters in India by using the rays of light streaming in from the window.

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Arm to arm with Bloomberg

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Jeff Bachner got up close and personal with NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg this week at theĀ 27th Annual White Castle Kingsboro Arm Wrestling Championships in Brighton Beach. By waiting for a strong expression and ensuring Bloomberg’s face is in sharp focus, Jeff has impressed again.

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What women want?

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Your View contributor Ellie Kealey sent in a series of pictures on a rally held by women to support Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah. Not only are the pictures well composed and dynamic but the event is unusual. Ellie explains that a rally by only women is a rare event in Afghanistan. This particular group of women are Hazaras, who’s support Abdullah is seeking in the upcoming election.

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Too busy with pirates

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My initial contact with Abdinasir Mohamed Guled was when he submitted a photo to our user-generated content service, called You Witness at the time, now Your View. The caption read “hi reuters” and the location was listed as Mogadishu suqa holaha district. This was enough to peak my attention.

I spoke with Abdinasir, who at the time was busy covering the story of pirates off the Somali coast. Below is his account of his journey from contributor to You Witness to regular stringer for Reuters.

Gray day in Jerusalem

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Be waiting until the main action of the protest had died down and using a low angle, Oded Gal has created a moody street scene of the aftermath of a demonstration in Jerusalem.

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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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Through the flag lies the protest

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Your View contributor Balint Fejer has waited for the moment that a flag is lowered into his frame in this scene from a protest in Hungary.

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The emotion of covering Italy’s quake

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Davide Elias is a regular contributor to Your View and in the following blog recounts his experience covering the devastating earthquake in L’Aquila.

Early on April 6, the town of L’Aquila, central Italy, was struck by a strong earthquake. My home town, Brescia, is about 600km (375 miles) from L’Aquila. I wanted to travel to the quake zone to take some pictures. I headed to the area the next evening, taking with me two cameras and two lenses (a 10-20 mm and a 70-200mm). I left my 400mm lens at home.

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