One Minute on Earth 2013

One Minute on Earth! - 06 April 2013 1300 GMT

One Minute on Earth! - 06 April 2013 1300 GMT Here is today’s version of OMOE – Boston! chronometer. I used the top portion of today’s mini-planet view of the Boston Harbor for the image. As you can see, today’s chronometer has advanced one minute compared to the one on 23 March 2013 in celebration of the completion of the shooting and submission of your photos for the project! Congratulations to all the participants! All the outside viewers, enjoy an awesome project! Thinking of this image as a potential cover for the book, not to be part of the content of the book as it is "digital art." We could try variations of this idea with other photos in the project to come up with a final cover. Please do also vote (+/- best of 3) for the color and B&W versions of Boston 0800, if you think either to them is good for the book content! ...

OMOE SYDNEY 22:48 NIGHT

OMOE SYDNEY 22:48 NIGHT Background to the shot In preparing for the one minute on earth project, I tried to envisage what the final photobook would look like. Beautiful pictures of this wonderful planet, from around the world at the same moment in time. I knew that the shoot time for my photo would be a night shot and I could think of no better place than the picturesque Sydney harbour, especially the iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House. I must confess, this was not the shot I had in mind. When I attended the test shoot a few weeks earlier, I framed a shot that showed the Harbour Bridge, the Sydney CBD, the opera house in the distance and in the foreground a puddle of water that held a vivid reflection of the bridge. I had expected to (and did) take this shot again on the night. I was even prepared to take in a bucket of water to the location if needed, so I could recreate that shot! As it turned out there was no need as it had rained most of the day. As it was very possible that my "bridge and puddle" shot would not work due to tourists or car headlights spoiling the scene, I wanted some alternatives. I walked a few hundred metres down to Sydney’s Luna Park and, with puddles and reflections firmly in mind, took a shot of Sydney's Luna Park face, its matching reflection in a puddle and the Ferris wheel in the distance. Turning and walking back towards my previously chosen location, I was presented with the scene you now see. At this spot, some pavement repairs were under way, which included a long temporary barrier, for pedestrian safety. This had not been there a few weeks earlier. It offered a really nice leading line, coupled with shadow it cast and the harbour fence line. I positioned myself to capture the bridge’s expanse across the frame of my camera and set-up for a long exposure to flatten the water and get some sparkle from the city night lights. A Sydney Ferry was passing through at the time, which I felt added to the image. Life captured in one minute on earth in Sydney, Australia on a Saturday night at 11pm! Credit for this scene must be given to the amazing architects that designed the scene you see before you Location This shot depicts Sydney Harbour, including the Harbour bridge, the Opera house and the Sydney business district to the right. Directly behind me is Sydney’s Luna Park. The Sydney Harbour Bridge, also affectionately known as the 'Coathanger', was opened on March 19th 1932, after six years of construction. Made of steel the bridge contains 6 million hand driven rivets and weighs 52,800 tonnes, 39,000 tonnes of which is in the arch! The Bridge has huge hinges to absorb the expansion caused by the hot Sydney sun. You will see them on either side of the bridge at the footings of the Pylons. The stone Pylons themselves actually do nothing structurally, they are purely aesthetic. The Sydney Harbour Bridge is the world's largest steel arch bridge, and, in its beautiful harbour location, has become a renowned international symbol of Australia. The Sydney Opera House was opened in 1973, having been conceived and largely built by Danish architect Jørn Utzon. Contrary to its name, it houses multiple performance venues and styles. It is among the busiest performing arts centres in the world, hosting over 1,500 performances each year attended by some 1.2 million people. Statistics The shot was taken, within the tolerance levels of the initiative, a few minutes before 23:00, April 6th, Sydney Australia. Photographer Bio Ashley Sowter, Forty something, IT Manager, Husband and father of two. That's two kids...not two wives. ...

Flinders Street Station in Melbourne

Flinders Street Station in Melbourne 11pm, as shown on the clock of the iconic Flinders Street train station. The city of Melbourne is still as busy as at peak hour, with the traffic barely moving. Some of the crowd are starting to head home, some are just getting started. This shot was taken from St Paul's Cathedral, on the corner of Flinders Street and Swanston Street. The Arts Centre Tower is on the left. While this is not the most beautiful view of Melbourne by night, it shows some of the life and action in this great place. I am grateful to the people in the foreground for standing still for the full 15 seconds during which the photo was taken. Once I'd gotten the shot, I got on the crowded tram to take me back home to bed. ...

Sunset

Sunset Shot taken near the hills of Ponmudi! (Kerala, India) ...

Pune, India

Pune, India Evening Street view +5.30 hrs IST ...

Sunset.. 13+0 GMT, Mumbai, India

Sunset.. 13+0 GMT, Mumbai, India This was not the shot i had planed on 6th April, i actually had to go up a hill next to the beach and capture the whole beach with trees around opposite the sun. When i left from home to the location i got stuck in traffic which delayed my shoot time that made me stay down on the beach, it was a sad moment for me as i was eager to give my best shot to the book and could not make it still i had hope if not the best atleast i can click something good, then there was this image...... Hope you guys like it.... ...

COLOUR COLUMNS

COLOUR COLUMNS Shot at Abu Dhabi the capital of United Arab Emirates...... The administrative and Oil powerhouse has grown leaps and bounds in the last couple of years into a very cosmopolitan city..... The city is dotted with Tall skyscrapers and the beachside drive which is referred to Corniche...... The streets are lined up with Date palm and flowers...... All excited and looking forward to the Dday, had been preparing for the moment by charging the better, check the camera clock and hoping the weather was good enough on D Day....... With Saturdays being working for us, the only choice left was to take a little break of an hour and half before the shoot to go to the intended location..... The intent left as such... A big lesson also was learnt in the process.... "Not to miss out on the Basic details and to always read carefully"........ UAE is +4Hours of GMT+0 13:00 Hours then was 17:00 here...... Thats where all the fun began....Having checked the shoot-time and referring website last week all thru the while I had prepared myself to leave office at 16:00 UAE time to reach the location by 16:30 and give myself half an hour to set up and shoot the intended sweeping view of the city from the Beachside like this old Image (http://www.kujaja.com/en/photo/5292)..... It isn't a comfortable feeling at all when 10 minutes before the shoot I decide to check this page and Realise my bigtime folly watching to my horror the countdown timer shown on the screen showing 10 minutes left at 15:50 Hours!!..... I had ignored to read carefully the Checklist Francisco Marty and Julian John had posted..... The GMT+0 had gone into Summertime..... My supposed shoottime to my utter dejection and disappointment had changed from 17:00 Hours to 16:00 now....... Left with so little time to reach the location of choice rushed to the roof of my office building to get some shots ...... ...

Concrete mushrooms color - Kuwait 15:00:30

Concrete mushrooms color - Kuwait 15:00:30 These "Concrete mushroom" towers can be seen looming in different parts of Kuwait. They are water tanks of slightly varying heights. On the 5th of April, 2013, Kuwait was hit by a sandstorm ( http://www.kujaja.com/en/photo/5534 ). Some last for minutes and some for days. The farthest building, the one in the middle, is about 300 meters away. No one would like to take their gear out in this weather, no matter what the cost of your equipment might be. Luckily for me, on D-Day the dust cleared. If you look at the pictures here, you will notice the haze in the distance. I had decided on my spot 2 days in advance. Its about 1 km from where I live. So getting there in time was not a problem. These shots were taken without a tripod. I included the street with traffic to show signs of life at the time. My time in Kuwait : 3PM. Got the right time after initial confusion reading through various conflicting posts regarding daylight savings switch. The sun is shining in from the right and those clouds looked like they were just waiting for me. During this shoot, I realized how long or short one minute is and how valuable every second is. Also wondered, in one minute where the water from these towers ended up and for what. I would like to thank "kujaja", the members and the viewers. ...

spring in the mountains

spring in the mountains taken at 15:00:14h especially for the book one min on earth It was a fine day in Bulgaria, sunny, around 17 degrees warm, perfect for a ride in the mountains :) ...

Duernstein - Austria  4

Duernstein - Austria 4 Originally my plan was a shot from the opposite hill to have a nice view down the Danube river, and probably even have the Stift Goettweig, which is situated on top of a hill in the far rear, on the image. On a nice day with sunshine and clear weather this is easily possible, and I made such a photo nearly same time last year. It looked so nice to me, that I planned to come back to this location and do my One Minute on Earth shot there. When we had the test shot 2 weeks before, we had an awful cold and overcasted situation, so that I did not walk up the hill, but tried an alternative on the banks of Danube river. This turned out quite nice. Finally on April 6th, the weather again was not clear, but not as bad as 2 weeks before, so I thought that I can do it up the hill and down to the river within 20 to 30 minutes, that should be ok to get both locations done in time. Unfortunately my preparation was not too perfect, because once reaching the hill, I couldn´t exactly remember which way would get me to my planned location. The only way to get up there in time, was to take the straight way through the forest. This was a steep and slippery tour, but I did it within 12 minutes. Reaching the targeted location totally exhausted, I was terribly disappointed, as the view at this moment was really poor. However, I took a series of shots, with different settings, and then quickly packed my stuff, and made it back to the car within few minutes. Drove as close as possible to the next location, and found luckily an even better place than the one that I used for the test shot. the result you can see above. It was pretty exhausting activity, and a few hours later I had quite some fun with muscle soreness. Nevertheless, the whole One Minute on Earth project was fun, and I am deeply honored to be a part of such a wonderful community of photographers. Here is some historical information about Duernstein: The town gained its name from the medieval castle, Burgruine Dürnstein, which overlooked it. The castle was called "Duerrstein" or "Dürrstein", from the German duerr/dürr meaning "dry" and Stein, "stone". The castle was dry because it was situated on a rocky hill, high above the damp conditions of the Danube at the base of the hill, and it was built of stone. Dürnstein was first mentioned in 1192, when, in the castle above the town, King Richard I Lionheart of England was held captive by Duke Leopold V of Austria after their dispute during the Third Crusade. Richard had personally offended Leopold by casting down his standard from the walls at the Battle of Acre, and the duke suspected that King Richard ordered the murder of his cousin Conrad of Montferrat in Jerusalem. In consequence Pope Celestine III excommunicated Leopold for capturing a fellow crusader. The duke finally gave the custody of Richard to Emperor Henry VI, who imprisoned Richard at Trifels Castle. Dürnstein Castle was almost completely destroyed by the troops of the Swedish Empire under Field Marshal Lennart Torstenson in 1645. Dürnstein Abbey (Stift Dürnstein) was established in 1410 by Canons Regular from Třeboň, and from 1710 rebuilt in a Baroque style according to plans by Joseph Munggenast, Jakob Prandtauer and Matthias Steinl. The monastery was dissolved by order of Emperor Joseph II in 1788 and fell to the Herzogenburg Priory. Today the whole area is a UNESCO world heritage. ...

Between Water and Sky: 14h00'23'' @Meggen, Vierwaldstättersee, Switzerland

Between Water and Sky: 14h00'23'' @Meggen, Vierwaldstättersee, Switzerland It's been quite a funny day today. Charlie, my dog, stared at me with his sad puppy eyes as I was leaving home in a rush, so I couldn't resist to take him with me and being a part of this exciting experience. I left my house late, like I always do. I know I'm swiss and that my country is "the" country of watches, but I never manage to be on time. I drove drove drove, hoping to find the sun somewhere, but obviously, I didn't. I had decided much earlier that I wanted to have a lakescape, so I took the direction of the Vierwaldstättensee, near Lucerne, one of the most beautiful place in Switzerland in my opinion. I looked for nuances in the sky, but didn't find any. The atmosphere on the lake was mystical and it's what I love. As Charlie was with me, I had to find a quiet place, he's not always other-dog-friendly. We landed in Meggen, where there was a little harbour, beach and pier. It was about 15 minutes before the T-Time. I tried many positions, but finally found this one. I forced Charlie to stay away during the 5 decisive minutes, locked him up on the pier, he was mad at me haha. Now my alarm's ringing, and I clicked the shot at 14:00'23''. Like every other people did on the planet at the exact same minute. ...

the eternal present

the eternal present When I reached my favorite location (some months ago i discovered this place in order to find a geocache*) for this special shot, I had to realize that the weather conditions turned out to be typical for Salzburg - only the notorious "Schnürlregen" did not start to disturb my session ;) But the light situation was not very "sparkling"... So I decided to take 3 pics for DRI - and processed one in bw the other one (you can see here) colored. I love both edits - you prefer this one... If you visit Salzburg, you can find this location (and hopefully the cache): * "EDELWEISS BY NIGHT" http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=15ce1ab6-2688-4acc-aa08-adae17507c85 N 47° 48.180 E 013° 02.266 Enjoy Salzburg & Happy Hunting!! last but not least: I always have some background music, when I edit my pics - in this very case it was gary thomas & exile's gate "the eternal present" ...

EXPO Wale  3

EXPO Wale 3 Der Wal ist das EXPO-Wahrzeichen von Hannover. Er erinnert an die erste Weltausstellung in Deutschland. Die EXPO im Jahr 2000 hatte ca. 18 Millionen Besucher aus aller Welt. Das Wetter in Hannover um 14:00 Uhr Ortszeit: Ca. 8 Grad Celsius, sonnig mit kleinen Wolken. Im Moment der Aufnahme wurde der Himmel blau und die Sonne schien. Ein kleines Wunder nach so vielen kalten Tagen mit Schnee! Es war ein ganz besonderes Gefühl, ein Teil dieses wunderbaren Projekts gewesen zu sein. Ich bin glücklich! The whale is the EXPO emblem of Hanover. He recalls the first World's Fair in Germany. The EXPO in 2000 had about 18 million visitors from all around the world. The weather in Hanover at 14:00 clock time: Approx 8 degrees, sunny with little clouds. At the moment of the shot the sky was blue and the sun was shining. A small wonder after so many cold days with snow! It was a special feeling to be a part of this wonderful project. I'm happy! ...

1 minute on earh - Harbour Hamburg

1 minute on earh - Harbour Hamburg It all started with some theme photodays we organised in the internet and learned to know each other. For doing things online isn't always as much fun as doing something real together we made a photobook called water which we made in november 2012. After this book was in our hands I really wanted to go a bit futher and came up with the idea to all do something offline together at the same time. The one minute on earth was just the logical result of this thought and we managed to do so. We all took a photo at the exact same moment on earth to be able to see the world in one moment in night, day, in spring and automn, in rain and snow, sunny and cloudy, just to see our world where it is everywhere in one moment. The organisation wasnt that easy and many had to deal with really cold wether. We did a test shooting a month before and this is book is the result of the first pilot of one minute on earth. With this pilot project and photobook we hope that there are many more people who would like to join us to do this again very soon. I didn't really had a good plan for myself eventhough I told all to to have one to be sure to make a good shot at the right moment. My idea was to shoot a taxi boat in Hamburg with people on it driving with the boat onto Hamburgs skyline. Normaly I don't go on a saturday to the harbour for there are a lot of tourists, I totally forgot about that. It took me 40 minutes to find a parking place (I was too stupid not to take the subway) and I had to run to my planed taxi boat and didn't find it... For it already left. So I took the next Taxiboat and realised I wouldn't be back in the Hamburger skyline direction on time if I dont change taxi boats, but what if I get out the boat and there is no taxi boat to bring me back. But in the middle of the taxiboat trip (those taxi stop within the trip) I saw the same taxiboat getting back to Hamburg just before we landet at Övelgönne. So I really had to jump out of the boat pushing away a lot of tourists to be able to change boats... It worked out. I was getting back to back Hamburg and saw it's skyline exactly on 14:00pm GMT+1. I was so excited while being there knowing all people who joined this project were shoting photos too. People on the boar probably wondered why I had such big smile on my face :-) You dont see the tourists on the boat I wanted to shot... yeah true... but thats the part of democracy this project has in it, all voted for the other photo (plan B) and not the one I planed to shoot. I am Gido Carper, 40 married and father of 2 children, studied photograpy in a past live in Den Haag and Utrecht and it is again my passion. ...

Three Sisters

Three Sisters These three peaks are from the left and the highest are Moel Hebog 782m, Moel Yr Ogof 655m and Moel Lefn 638m. These three mountains make up some of the scenery for the Welsh Highland Railway backdrop, all these photographs were all taken on location in Snowdonia National Park in Wales. Wales is a very mountainous country and is volcanic in nature to the shores of Ynys Môn may refer to: The Isle of Anglesey in Wales (Ynys Môn being the Welsh name for the isle). The geology of Wales is complex and varied; its study has been of considerable historical significance in the development of geology as a science. All geological periods from the Cryogenian (late Precambrian) to the Jurassic are represented at outcrop whilst younger sedimentary rocks occur beneath the seas immediately off the Welsh coast. The effects of two mountain-building episodes have left their mark in the faulting and folding of much of the Palaeozoic rock sequence. Superficial deposits and landforms created during the present Quaternary period by water and ice are also plentiful and contribute to a remarkably diverse landscape of mountains, hills and coastal plains. Imagine travelling on an old steam engine through this majestic scenery. This particular shot was the sole reason I wanted to join this photobook community, the Welsh landscape has always had a special place in my heart, I have climbed here, and I have walked the many peaks around the country. I wanted to reflect that for the one minute on earth project, so in preparation I visited the western Snowdonia range, around Moel Hebog being the highest peak of these sisters, which are equally spectacular. I had visited the area earlier for the test shoot, and yes much more snow was around then. So here I was a week later shooting those snow tipped peaks, and for me a sight such as this is always a breath-taking moment that should be captured and kept as a memento of this great landscape known as Earth. What a captivating moment this one minute on earth really was! ...

Queen Sofía Palace of the Arts, VALENCIA

Queen Sofía Palace of the Arts, VALENCIA Queen Sofía Palace of the Arts is the final structure built of a grand City of Arts and Sciences concept designed by the Valencia-born and internationally known architect Santiago Calatrava, which began in 1995. The building was constructed by a joint venture of Dragados and Necso[4] and it was opened on 8 October 2005. The building rises 14 stories above ground and includes three stories below ground, and height is 75 metres (246 ft), being the tallest opera house in the world.[5] Under the expansive curved-roof structure, 230 m (755 ft) in length, the 40,000 m2 (431,000 sq ft) building contains four auditoriums. Photo taken April 6 at 14:00:09 Spanish time, with a Sigma 10/20 great objective angle, a nice and sunny to enjoy photography day ...

Toledo 14:00

Toledo 14:00 Toledo es una ciudad preciosa por donde se la mire. En cuanto supe de este proyecto, pensé inmediatamente en participar. Tengo la fortuna de vivir aquí, así que para este proyecto, no tuve la menor duda en elegir la vista que quería. Aunque tuvimos un mes de marzo muy lluvioso (no había llovido tanto desde 1947), el clima mejoró en abril y el acostumbrado sol volvió con algunas nubes y un viento a veces con ráfagas fuertes. El día de la cita me preparé y salí una hora antes para hacer algunas pruebas. El lugar elegido es cerca de donde vivo, así que me tomó menos de 10 minutos llegar a mi destino. Instalé mi equipo hice algunas pruebas, y luego me senté a esperar el minuto exacto. Estaba mirando atentamente mi cronómetro, y cuando llegó el segundo final, se me acercaron unos turistas para pedirme que les hiciera una foto!! La infalible "ley de Murphy" pensé. Tuve que decirles que lo lamentaba mucho, pero que estaba en medio de un proyecto mundial que requería una sincronización exacta de tiempo, pero que si me esperaban un par de minutos les podría hacer las fotos. Me miraron un poco desconcertados y se fueron... En el momento de la foto, el viento soplaba fuerte y las nubes se desplazaban rápidamente, así que en ese minuto tuve distintas iluminaciones de la ciudad. En la foto que elegí se pueden apreciar zonas de la ciudad bajo la sombra de las nubes y otras zonas más iluminadas. La Catedral se puede ver claramente a la izquierda de la foto y el Alcázar a la derecha. Cuando terminé, mientras guardaba mi equipo, los turistas regresaron y les pude hacer su foto con un teléfono móvil :) ...

Blue Atlantic, Galicia (Spain)

Blue Atlantic, Galicia (Spain) Earth is, at 70%, ocean! On April, 6 at 14 GMT+1, Atlantic Ocean looks like this, in spanish NW coast! ...

Brasilia 10h00

Brasilia 10h00 This is the Brazilian National Congress by the great Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. Oscar Niemeyer designed the National Congress during the late 1950s and early 1960s while he served as chief architect for Brazil's new capital city, Brasília. The complex is composed of the domed Senate building on the left, the Parliament office tower at the center, and the bowl-shaped Chamber of the Deputies on the right. This is a view from the side mirror of my Fiat Uno. My original project was to take a picture of a very scenic valley three hours away from Brasilia, but unfortunately I could not travel on the day of the shooting. Without great ideas in mind, 20 minutes before the fixed time, I took my Fuji XE1 and ran to the city centre, where many of Niemeyer's beautiful buildings are. The challenge was to take a not too obvious shot. At 9h51, I took a shot of the Itamaraty Palace (the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) but was not completely convinced: I did not want to replicate one of the many postcards of the city! Time was running. I took the car again and immediately saw the Congress in the side mirror. I needed no more: I stopped the car, waited for 10h00 and took the shot you see above! Wave Faber ...

forget me not

forget me not 8 minutes before the shot I got distracted with this penguin Photograph taken in Miramar, Buenos Aires, Argentina, on the Atlantic coast. Coming out of my house this morning and had thought where the picture is taken an hour before I left thinking that there is always a better place in the tour stop me this little penguin, I started to take some pictures with a tripod was really tight heaven and would not rise much due to the iso noise, I had to draw freehand and you know that when the pulse is excited misses a bit, remove the camera from the tripod and shoot me sand, he looked really pinguino in good health, but at the time of walking is seen as overwhelmed and that is what gives strength to the image, actually I was very lucky because my project was to make sure the photo of the spring and it did not happen the same as the last time, it really is a difficult project, opportunities do not happen in a certain time, I feel lucky today, thanks ...

 

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