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One captivating image a day, the reason it was chosen and how you can shoot similar pictures
A car is driven on Havana's seafront boulevard "El Malecon" as it rains. WHY WE PICKED IT: This is a beautifully composed photo using equal parts sky and reflection. Waiting to capture the car driving through gives the image a subject and focal point.
A member of the "red shirt" movement joins her hands in prayer during a gathering near the Democracy Monument, the site of bloody clashes with Thai security forces, in Bangkok. WHY WE PICKED IT:Using a shallow depth of field keeps just a small percentage of the subject in focus, creating a dynamic portrait.
A bird makes a nest near Diani Beach on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya, some 30 km south of Mombasa. WHY WE PICKED IT: By using a long lens and shallow depth of field, the background blurs to provide separation with the subject. Using a faster shutter speed freezes the action.
A woman practices tai chi with a fan after a snowfall in Shenyang, Liaoning province. WHY WE PICKED IT: The contrast is spectacular. The bright, red outfit jumps out against the monochromatic, snow-covered trees. It’s an amazing image and an extraordinary weather feature.
Gord Iversen of Cowichan Station, on Vancouver Island sent us this surfing picture for our Sports assignment. The high shutter speed and long lens made the difference in capturing the peak action in this image.