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Moments: Caught on Camera, Jan.7 to Jan. 11

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

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Visitors walk past a painting by French designer Nicolas Henriot during the inauguration of the tower Panorama at the Friche Belle de Mai culture centre in Marseille. WHY WE PICKED IT: Using existing artwork to create your own piece of art is a clever way to create an interesting shot. Keep your eyes open for murals, billboards, advertising and then decide what your foreground should be to add an additional element to your photo. In this case keeping it simple with just the couple walking by was enough to give some scale to painting.

Jean-Paul Pelissier/REUTERS

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A polar bear is fed from a zookeeper at zoo of the Everland amusement park in Yongin, south of Seoul, South Korea. WHY WE PICKED IT: The timing of this shot is perfect and cropped tight to show just the right information in the photo. Sometimes it's best to keep your pictures clear of distractions that may take the attention away from the subject.

Lee Jin-man/AP Photo

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Skating enthusiasts brave the cold winds coming off of Hamilton Harbour to enjoy the outdoor Harbour front Ice Rink as the sun sets. WHY WE PICKED IT: Staff photographer Peter Power captured this beautiful winter scene. Take a moment before you push the button to survey the scene on how best to compose the image. Using a low angle here to include a lot of sky made for a dramatic shot of the people skating.

Peter Power/The Globe and Mail

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Chile's Claudio Rodriguez rides his Honda motorcycle during the second stage of the Dakar Rally 2013, from Pisco to Pisco. WHY WE PICKED IT: The light creates beautiful ripples in the sand and shooting wide gets the racers shadow and trail of sand shooting out the back of the bike.

Jacky Naegelen/REUTERS

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Andy Murray of Britain serves to Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan during their men's singles match at the Brisbane International tennis tournament. WHY WE PICKED IT: A dark background, a diagonal slash of light, the angular geometry of the court and the serve frozen by a fast shutter speed elevate a tennis action shot well above the mundane.

Daniel Munoz/REUTERS

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