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Quiet Moments

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Published Oct 13, 2017 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 30 Contributors

    30 photos selected by

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Freediving woman traning "dynamic no fin" in swimming pool. The purpose of dynamic apnea with...

    #freedive #dynamic #no #crystal #fins #freediving #freediver #pool #underwater #dnf

    Thanks to everyone who participated in the “Quiet Moments” assignment. You submitted more than 21,000 photos, and paring it down to just these thirty was difficult. But these thirty quiet moments resonated with me. Individually, they made me slow down and pause—but what I really like is how together, they flow together as a story.

    how i love taking sceneries like this !!! Here we are on Hafroun's peak(1900 m altitude) watchin...

    #summer #climbing #hiking #training #lebanon #quiet #hills #clouds #mountains #sky #travel #fog #peaks

    Editor's Note

    Wow. This is so beautiful Charbel. You have paused a really lovely moment; the fog is magical. I hope you have framed this photo nice and big to hang on your wall. It is so epic, and yet so quiet..... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    An uplifting moment while going down an escalator.

    #escalater #subway #busan

    Editor's Note

    I love it, I really love it. This frame makes me smile. I agree with Your Shot photographer Joseph Chung who commented, "You've captured a great moment here Hon! It reminds me of the things we do w... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Woke up bright an early to catch the sun shining through my window blinds. I titled this photo "t...

    #sunrise #light #portrait

    Editor's Note

    Thank you for sharing your story. I love how your frame resonates with Your Shot photographer Andrea LaRiviere: "I like the rawness of this image. The light is beautiful and hot. I too have Lyme di... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Two little girls escape the summer heat in the Colosseum in Rome, Italy.

    #calm #italy #rome #quietmoments #colosseum

    Editor's Note

    I love your composition Hannah. By making the girls small in their frame, their conversation feels so private, which makes your photo feel so intimate. I love it.

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Marines, assigned to MAP Plt., Regimental Combat Team 7, pray before departing Camp Leatherneck, ...

    #prayer #photojournalism #brotherhood #afghanistan #marines #combatcamera #brothers

    Editor's Note

    I can only imagine how powerful this moment must have been for you Alejandro. I have never experienced this bond of camaraderie, where your life is the responsibility of those next to you — and I f... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Seigfried & Roy are perhaps one of the most famous magicians of our time. They are surrounded by ...

    #babytiger #captivity #quietmomementsassignment #tiger #husbandry #zoo #lasvegas #babyanimal

    Editor's Note

    The man feeding the baby tiger is a nice moment with lovely light — but the young girl watching through the window really makes the frame for me. Her gaze is so tender, so quiet. I feel like this m... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    He has had the desire to play chess for a long time. His wish came true one day and it was so bea...

    #playing #alone #boy #chess

    Editor's Note

    I love how hard he is concentrating. He could be playing video games or just watching TV, but instead, here he is learning. By himself. I don't feel as if he is lonely, just alone. I love it. I als... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    When traveling in India, trains are part of the journey. Often called "the lifeline of a nation",...

    #reader #quietmoment #train #morning #travel #india #mumbai #newspaper

    Editor's Note

    I love how ordinary and everyday this moment is. But after reading your caption, I learn that the moment you captured in your frame might be rare, as trains in India are "the lifeline of a nation" ... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    while i was returning back from the beach i saw this guy who sold grilled corn those fire flakes ...

    #dusk #silence #life #beach #nightlife

    Editor's Note

    I love it. With the sun setting, the only light is coming from the vendor's stand — and so your use of slow shutter speed gives us the trail of sparks which wonderfully adds to the quiet scene. I l... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Two dancers from a ballet academy rest during practice. The ballet troupe was practicing for the ...

    #ballet #havana #cuba #dancer #art #music #dance

    Editor's Note

    I am happy that you turned around and looked at the other dancers patiently waiting their turn; I love reading into their body language. Your energy and movement must have been so quiet, because th... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    It was incredible quite and lazy moment!... ;) All of the children we were spending our holiday...

    #holidays #freetime #summer #quiet_moment #silence #parents #chillout

    Editor's Note

    I love it Monika. I love studying your frame, exploring how everyone is enjoying themselves, in their own way and separate from each other, even though everyone is spending time together outside. W... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Children look onto a bonfire in the Catskill Mountains

    #bonfire

    Editor's Note

    I love it. I love your use of available light. Your frame feels so mysterious, and like a scene from a movie. I feel like I am there, also mesmerized by the growing bonfire, listening to the crackl... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    i am anable to disribe this moment , it was raining and i was near a lake in mirzapur(near varana...

    #destination #end #weather #poetic #single #edge #single_and_alone #composition #nature

    Editor's Note

    Beautiful. I love how wide you shot this frame, giving it space to breathe. And by being out there all alone, I wonder what he is looking at or thinking about. And then I wonder if someone else is ... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    “Arh-woooooo…” I howl, echoing a call from deep within the forest on the other side of Maligne La...

    #landscape #nationalpark #jasper #canada #canoe #explore #portrait #love #adventure #nature #sunset

    Editor's Note

    This is so beautiful Nitish. I agree with Your Shot photographer Birgith Norelli who commented, "It's a wonderful picture uplifted by a wonderful text. I can hear the paddle dip into the water, and... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    The long climb back to the summit of the dunes. No one on the dunes but us due to the restriction...

    #colorado #sanddunes #boarding

    Editor's Note

    I love how you've interpreted "quiet moment" because I do believe that if something was easy, everyone would be doing it. That's is what makes the journey of life special. Like you write in your ca... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Sitting on top of the highest peak in Rio, I find a moment of silence. The movement below reminds...

    #pedradagavea #riodejaneiro #meditation

    Editor's Note

    Wow! What an epic location to experience a moment of silence Carolina... I love it. I bet all your stress and anxiety just melted away, allowing you to become more peaceful with each inhale. Meanwh... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Muslims are praying in a mosque located in Putrajaya, Malaysia

    #religion #malaysia #asia #muslim

    Editor's Note

    I love how wide you shot this frame Arif. It appears to be an empty mosque — but as I follow the beautiful light streaming through, I find the three silhouettes of worshippers hidden in the shadows... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Under Light Source...(Stuttgart City Library).....This summer I visited Stuttgart Library. I was ...

    #yourverticalworld #architecture #travel

    Editor's Note

    I do not remember the last time I was in a library, but they were definitely not this architecturally beautiful with such lovely natural light. I agree with Your Shot photographer Ivan Lesica, who ... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Biei, a tiny town located in the northernmost island of Japan - Hokkaido is an addiction for me. ...

    #winter #landscape #biei #letsexplore #snow #japan #art #painting #home #trees #travel #nature #hokkaido

    Editor's Note

    Burcu, I would thank Your Shot photographer Rogelio Moreno for advising you to add more to your caption because the extra detail helped me understand what I am looking at, which made love your phot... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    In Port d' Alcùdia the beachfront is a vibrant busy tourist destination, but quiet calm spots can...

    #night #calm #reflection #sea #ocean #water #fishing #quiet #beach #portrait #culture #sunset

    Editor's Note

    Thanks to your caption, I now better recognize/understand that this local is enjoying a quiet moment far away from the busy tourist destination looming in the background. I love your use of silhoue... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Two friends share a cigarette by candlelight.There is something enchanting about sleeping in a ca...

    #night #candlelight #candle #cave #southisland #portrait #newzealand #people #travel #nature

    Editor's Note

    There is a quietness to this frame that resonates with me. I love how intimate it is; I feel like I am there, waiting for my turn to take a drag on the cigarette. I can hear the "steady drip of wat... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Namelok is an education project for Masai children in Tanzania some of the children are orphans a...

    #socialproject #masai #education #sunset

    Editor's Note

    Thank you for taking the time to write a detailed caption. Because without it, your photo could be from any playground around the world. However, now after reading your caption, I understand that t... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    High up in the Cirque du Gavarnie looking up to the boarder between France and Spain on the Pyren...

    #calm #water #france #quiet #mountains #adventure #lake #swim

    Editor's Note

    Wow! I love the light, the way he is barely touching the water. I love how still he and the lake is. I love how jealous I am that I am not the one getting ready to go for a swim. I love how quiet y... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    Ive always looked up to my little brother. So when he was getting married, I really wanted to mak...

    #groom #wedding #bride #rustic

    Editor's Note

    Congratulations to your brother. I love that you look up to your little brother. I remember taking pictures of my younger sister before she walked down the aisle, I remember how proud of her I was.... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    This is an image of my husband feeding our daughter a few weeks after she was born in the midst o...

    #familydocumentary #newborn #reallife #family #fatherhood

    Editor's Note

    I love how the quiet moment you're sharing is not necessarily the one being captured on camera, but the reflection of the life you and your husband have lived together the past two years. How "toge... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    An elderly couple walking through an empty park, still holding hands. True love in its simplicity.

    #forever #love #quietmoments

    Editor's Note

    I love how you framed the couple with your hands. Yes, this could be a little cheesy. But after reading your caption — I love the line "True love in its simplicity." — the heart-shaped frame means ... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    My mother took her last breath just as the sun rose. A few moments later, all of the talk, praye...

    Editor's Note

    Thomas, I am sorry for the loss of your mom. Your caption is so poetic, and makes your photo even more powerful. I love how your photo and story resonated with Your Shot photographer Cathy Pepin-To... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I took this photo for a local review minutes before the artist had entered the stage. Sadly I hea...

    Editor's Note

    "The photo got a whole new meaning afterwards." To the Your Shot community, I encourage you to reflect on that realization. There is the literal moment behind this photo: this is the moment before ... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    I waited for the whole year for this one weekend in September to have fall foliage around Maroon ...

    #landscape #night #autumn #protecttheselands #epic #fall #space #myclimateaction

    Editor's Note

    Wow. I hope you have framed this photo nice and big for your your wall Manish. And then I hope every time you look at it, you pause and have a quiet moment remembering the journey you took to be at... More

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    In our current assignment “Chasing Moments,” National Geographic photographer Ami Vitale writes, “Every good shot captures a unique moment in time to tell a story. Sometimes you have to chase those moments, and sometimes you have to wait a while.” I could not agree more.

    Whether it is epic moments or quiet ones, “The one thing that matters is timing,” she writes. “That fraction of a second is the difference between a great storytelling moment and an average image. Timing requires patience.”

    I hope that with each Your Shot assignment, you continue to practice working on your timing. Keep shooting new photos, keep practicing, keep sharing and engaging with your fellow Your Shot photographers. Together we will be become better photographers and more thoughtful storytellers.

    As always, thanks for being a part of the Your Shot family.

    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot

    About the Editor
    David Y. Lee
    Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot
    Before joining the Your Shot team, I covered the White House for Time and Newsweek, and served as an official photographer for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. I also started The Waiting List, a non-profit storytelling project featuring people connected by the decision to say yes to the gift of ...

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