Monday, September 16, 2013

Reflecting Pool, Washington

Children sail toy boats in the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in this photo originally published in the June 1937 issue of National Geographic. The 2,028-foot rectangular pool, which reflects the Lincoln Memorial at one end and the Washington Monument at the other, is among the most iconic landmarks in Washington, D.C.

Mall of Asia, Manila

Structural engineer and Your Shot community member Akira Takaue captured this shot at the Mall of Asia while on a business trip in Manila, Philippines. The city "has a lot of interesting and characteristic architecture," says Takaue.

Umbrellas, Miami Beach

In this Autochrome image from a January 1930 National Geographic story on Florida, colorful umbrellas shade members of an oceanfront club in Miami Beach. They "bathe in the blue, sunlit Gulf Stream," says the picture's caption, "and enjoy other healthful exercise when the northern resorts are icebound."

Beach, Rio de Janeiro

In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, many people come straight to the seashore at the end of the workday. Despite the city’s deep social divisions, the beach is democratic. Rich and poor share the sand all day and into the evening.

Salvador, Brazil

Photographer James Stanfield captured the city of Salvador, Brazil, for a 1969 story on Charles Darwin's voyage aboard the H.M.S. Beagle. "A peculiar and rather fantastic style of architecture," National Geographic quotes Darwin, who was impressed by the city and its grand view of All Saints Bay. "But these beauties are as nothing compared to the Vegetation."

Train Conductor, Tokyo

"Traveling by train is the most convenient way to travel in Japan," says photographer Danilo Dungo, a member of the National Geographic Your Shot community. Here, a train operator announces the approach to Tokyo's Shinagawa subway station on the busy Yamanote Line. Check out the bold new look and feel of Your Shot, where you can share photos, take part in assignments, lend your voice to stories, and connect with fellow photographers from around the globe.

Fire Thrower, Paris

In Paris, old limestone quarries fan out in a deep and intricate web under many neighborhoods, mostly in the southern part of the metropolis. Here, a fire thrower named Louis spins light at a gathering in one old quarry. Nearly all of the more than 180 miles of quarry tunnels are off-limits, but parties happen anyway.