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One captivating image a day, the reason it was chosen and how you can shoot similar pictures
Paramilitary policemen jump as they practise during a summer drill in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. WHY WE PICKED IT: The low angle captures the action perfectly. By shooting from the ground up, you can see the faces of the officers, making for a more compelling image.
Nuns of the Monastere de la Consolation in Draguignan cheer as Simon Gerrans of Australia, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, passes during the fifth stage of the Tour de France cycling race. WHY WE PICKED IT: This photo demonstrates great timing and a great way to capture motion, with just a hint of the cyclist blurring by and a very animated crowd cheering him on.
(Laurent Ciprani/AP Photo)
A boy carries a child on his back as they return home from school along the streets of Lalitpur. WHY WE PICKED IT: Focusing on the subjects and slightly blurring the background makes them stand out. The framing is perfect with two girls on either side of the boy and child.
Frontier defence soldiers participate in a drill aiming at enhancing combat capability in Heihe, Heilongjiang province. WHY WE PICKED IT: By panning with the soldiers it causes the background to blur into a soft green. Panning requires moving the camera together with the object and then the object remains sharp and the background becomes blurred.
This heat inspired photo was submitted by second year OCAD student Elias Gates-Kass from Toronto. She photographed a bonfire at an Estonian celebration called Jaanipaev (St. John's Day) an hour after it was lit so the flames were at their highest point.