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Moments: Caught on Camera, Dec. 31 to Jan. 4

One captivating image a day, the reason it was chosen and how you can shoot similar pictures

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Norway's Anders Bardal soars through the air during his competition jump at the third stage of the four hills ski jumping tournament in Innsbruck, Austria. WHY WE PICKED IT: It's all about angles. An unusual viewpoint can elevate a scene to outstanding. With some forethought, good timing and an ultra-wide-angle lens, this becomes a compelling image.

Matthias Schrader/AP Photo

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A woman walks with her child on the banks of the Yenisey River in air temperatures of about minus 30 degrees Celcius during winter outside the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. WHY WE PICKED IT: Shooting slightly into the light adds a lacy crispness to the frosty scene. Plus, the bright sun and dark clouds help highlight the frozen branches.

Ilya Naymushin/REUTERS

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A worker clears confetti from a sidewalk in Times Square after midnight on New Years in New York. WHY WE PICKED IT: There's a rule for news photographers covering an event; go early and stay late. As we see here, some of the best pictures come long after the event is over. This photographer waited until the New Year's Eve celebrations wound down and got a great candid photo of a municipal worker cleaning up.

John Minchillo/AP PHOTO

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Palestinians ride a boat as the sun sets on a beach in Gaza City, on the last day of the year December 31, 2012. WHY WE PICKED IT: This is a gorgeous snapshot of daily like, well-timed to capture the blazing sun dipping low in the sky. The greys and blues of the water are complemented by the pastel streaks of light in a scene of warmth and serenity.

Suhaib Salem/REUTERS

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Pedestrians watch thousands of balloons float away during a traditional balloon release as part of a year-end celebration in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil. WHY WE PICKED IT: By seeking a high vantage point during this annual balloon release, the photographer captured a different perspective on a regular event. The drifts of balloons create interest by hiding some of the details of the street scene and buildings.

Andre Penner/AP PHOTO

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