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Rath Yatra Festival, Bangladesh

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Enthusiastic devotees take part in a colorful Rath Yatra procession in the Sylhet region of Bangladesh. Also known as the Festival of Chariots, the Hindu celebration honors a mid-summer chariot journey made by Lord Jagannath.

Photographing in his hometown, Your Shot contributor Md Rafayat Haque Khan wanted to capture the essence of the festival in a single frame. To get this shot, Khan went to the top of a three-story building as devotees pulling raths, or holy carts, arrived in time for an afternoon prayer. “I got a vantage point for capturing this awesome moment,” Khan says. “It seemed to me I was seeing a wave of devoted souls coming row by row to get blessings from the Jagannath.”

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Posted by on September 30, 2013 in Things that make you go Hmmm

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Lightning, Bay of Bengal

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After an evening rain in Pondicherry, India, lightning continued to flash over the Bay of Bengal, here rimmed with the orange glow of nearby streetlights. Sandip Dey, a member of our photo community, wanted to make a dreamlike frame with the rough sea smoothed out to better showcase the drama of the sky. “I set the camera at f/16 and shot a few long exposure frames at 16mm,” Dey writes. “Since I was making a single-exposure shot, I had to balance between the manual exposure duration and the amount of lightning that I wanted.”

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Posted by on September 29, 2013 in Things that make you go Hmmm

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Tsukuba City, Japan

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Your Shot contributor Akira Takaue was after a cityscape in Tsukuba when he came across this building in what he calls an uncommon suburban town. Located about 37 miles from Tokyo, it’s known as Science City for its various national research facilities and structurally challenging architectural features. “I found this [building] with a beautiful exterior and regularly placed windows standing beside a crosswalk under the soft sunlight,” Takaue says. “I aimed to capture only this wall combined with the pedestrian signal in a perfect flat-plane image without any optical distortions.”

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Posted by on September 28, 2013 in Things that make you go Hmmm

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Canvasback Ducks, Maryland

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A private tidal pond in Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay hosts thousands of overwintering canvasback ducks, seen here gathered at dawn. “Canvasback ducks are my favorite bird to pursue, both with my camera and as a waterfowl hunter,” says Paul Bramble, a member of National Geographic’s Your Shot community. “Witnessing so many at one spot is incredible.”

For this shot, Bramble employed a remote to allow the birds to move close enough to give a packed appearance. “As it was early morning, I set the camera to aperture priority to account for the changing light,” he says. “Luck provided the shutter speed of 1/15th and the painterly blur of birds in the foreground.”

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Posted by on September 27, 2013 in Things that make you go Hmmm

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Bubbles, Cartagena

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On Sundays during Mes de la Cometas, or Kite Month, the sky over Cartagena, Colombia, fills with colorful kites moving in every direction. “I knew this was a great opportunity for photography,” says Your Shot contributor Massimo Rumi, who on arriving at a park found that the many colors, families, and kids presented a larger challenge than expected. “Flying a kite is a family sport in Cartagena, and I wanted to capture a family moment of relaxation and fun,” he says.

Having come across a dog chasing soap bubbles, Rumi first tried to focus on the animal, then suddenly zoomed out. “I wanted to capture the whole family, and the bubbles unexpectedly helped frame the people in such a perfect way.”

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Posted by on September 26, 2013 in Things that make you go Hmmm

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Train, Bangladesh

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For Your Shot contributor Junaid Ahmed, the rapid growth of Dhaka, Bangladesh, has lacked proper planning. “Traffic jams are a regular routine here, so lots of people take trains to avoid this situation, and the trains are becoming overcrowded,” Ahmed says. It was this overcrowding—and a desire to depict the reality of the situation—that inspired his shot of passengers at the Kamalapur Railway Station. “I was taking several shots, but I was waiting for an interesting moment, and suddenly this little child looked at me.”

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Posted by on September 25, 2013 in Things that make you go Hmmm

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Posted by on September 24, 2013 in The Front Page of the Internet

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Owl, Florida

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Having never seen a sleeping owl, Barbara Motter was surprised to find delicate feathers covering the eyelid of a resting resident of the Homosassa Springs Wildlife Preserve in western Florida. “It’s a wonderful nature preserve that houses a variety of owls,” says Motter, a member of National Geographic’s Your Shot photo community. “Because they are nocturnal, the owls are usually asleep during the day, and visitors just pass by the enclosure with little more than a glance. What treasures we find when we take the time to look closely at nature.”

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Posted by on September 24, 2013 in Things that make you go Hmmm

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Basketball Court, Hong Kong

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Your Shot contributor Brian Yen calls it his “weekly photography fix”: the uninterrupted hour and a half after he drops his daughter off at her ballet lesson, which he spends shooting pictures in the school’s neighborhood. “I had encountered this scene in the past, but always with many players on the court,” he says of this image, shot from a pedestrian overpass above Garden Road in Hong Kong. “But this time, near the end of my walk, I saw this lone player shooting hoops. The contrast with the Friday evening rush hour traffic was immediately obvious.”

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Posted by on September 23, 2013 in Things that make you go Hmmm

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Posted by on September 22, 2013 in The Front Page of the Internet

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