Framing those magical moments from jousting to aerobatics

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Our deputy picture editor Richard Cave takes his pick of the week’s best photographs and tells us why he reckons they make the grade

It was a nice choice of Mark Hemsworth’s (in the picture above) to go for a silhouette shot at the Turning The Pages ceremony at Christ Church Cathedral last Saturday. By exposing for the light coming through the (out-of-focus) stained glass windows Sgt Maj Ady Higgs, of the Oxfordshire Army Cadet Force, and his bugle are left underexposed, giving the appearance of a two-dimensional graphic image which works very well indeed.

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No doubt there were lots of picture opportunities for Andrew Walmsley to choose from at the jousting event at Blenheim Palace last weekend. For this one, he swapped his long lens for a wideangle 16mm and the shooting at 100th second manages to pan with the galloping Knight. This has the effect of blurring the background and viewing public to give a splendid sense of movement as the horse’s dancing legs pass by our intrepid photographer.

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The colours, the composition and the big cute piggy face make for a great image from Mark Hemsworth at Cogges Manor Farm in Witney. The story itself was more involved, but for me... it’s striking and it’s cute... who needs more?

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Not getting your horizons straight can look terrible in photography. However, here Ed Nix has intentionally skewed the angle of his camera to strengthen the composition and it works well. He has created a strong diagonal line pulling the eye in from the right-hand corners, the intense red of the drums also forces our eye to the centre of the image before flicking back to the subjects. They were drumming at East Oxford Community Centre at the launch of a new Fairtrade and organic market on Wednesday.

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Andy Fitzpatrick was at Abingdon Airshow for us last weekend. This made a nice tight shot of the two planes and Breitling wingwalkers, as they mirrored each other’s high altitude high-speed antics.

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I like the way Antony Moore spotted the reflective opportunities of the glass panes here, and consequently mirrored Eric Bowman’s head as he peers intently at the miniature world at Pendon Museum, Long Wittenham. He was there for the museum’s 60th birthday and got some lovely images.

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