In table tennis, a player has fractions of a second to react to her opponent’s play. The photographer, meanwhile, tries to react to them both. For all parties, anticipating is the only way to stay ahead. Anyone who’s ever tried to photograph any type of ball sport — or even just a toddler tossing a toy — should appreciate these shots of the 2016 World Team Table Tennis Championships by Manan Vatsyayana of Agence France-Presse.
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The day in photos from around the world.
Men with paddles swat at balls in Tokyo, civic engagement can now lead to forced confinement of uninvolved bystanders in America, and an Afghan province mourns coal miners killed in a collapse. Those are among the stories told by today’s daily photo brief.
May 16 Photo Brief: Cannes film festival gets underway, rocket attacks in Syria, Texas recovers from tornadoes, the Museum of Modern Art gets wet
Texas assesses the damage after being hit with tornadoes, the stars come out as the Cannes Film Festival gets underway, Free Syrian Army fighters fire rockets at president loyalist troops, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York opens the “Rain Room” and more in today’s daily brief.
Typhoon Saola hits the Philippines, praying for peace in Congo and more Olympic moments in today’s daily brief.
The Darkroom highlights the art of motion by featuring some of the best experimental photography being taken at the 2012 Olympics in London. Weightlifting, canoeing and badminton are a few of the latest sports to be added to the creative series below.
The following gallery highlights the use of multiple exposures, fish-eye lenses and extended exposures in creating artistic sports shots.