One captivating image a day, the reason it was chosen and how you can shoot similar pictures
Firefighters climb down a building during a fire protection drill at a firefighter training base in Chongqing Municipality. WHY WE PICKED IT: The obvious patterns with the windows and firefighters make for an interesting image. You can find patterns anywhere and the trick to executing an interesting image is how much, or how little, to include in the frame.
A woman takes a picture of a sunrise from the balcony of her hotel in Brasilia. WHY WE PICKED IT: The pattern here is great and tilting the frame gives the photo some energy and emphasizes the red balconies entering and exiting the frame.
A dog, covered with hoarfrost and snow, looks on during a snowfall outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. WHY WE PICKED IT: When shooting faces always try zooming in or out to see how best to compose the image. Getting rid of the background may work better, in some cases. Going tight on the eyes of this dog made for a dramatic portrait.
A woman walks with an umbrella during heavy snowfall in downtown Sofia. WHY WE PICKED IT: Using flash at night can destroy or enhance a photo. In this photo it was put to good use highlighting the tree above and the woman walking.
Laurie Ann Milne of Timmins, ON., already had this picture in her head as she went out looking for a stand of pines for our reader assignment. Why WE PICKED IT: Great composition along with the pattern of the pine trees really made this image stand out.
(Laurie Ann Milne)