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Wrinkle Tribute

(December Solstice - 0608 UT, 22 December 2007 +/- 12 h)

Peter A. Barnes

Winter Solstice 2007 in Milford

Viktor Balogh

Palace of Arts Budapest

Budapest, Hungary

December 22, 2007 - 06:08 UTC (07:08 local time)

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© 2007 Viktor Balogh, All Rights Reserved.

The long awaited new cultural institution of Budapest and Hungary, the Palace of Arts, was opened in 2005. This was one of the most prestigious celebrations of the past hundred years in Hungary's cultural history, since this conglomeration of cultural buildings has no precedent in 20th century Hungarian architecture. The investment took place in the form of a "Public Private Partnership", in a co-operation between the Ministry of National Heritage and Trigránit Development Corporation. The principal contractor, Arcadom Construction Ltd and the planning Zoboki, Demeter and Partners Architectural Office, developed the institution's programmes and details in collaboration with numerous associate planners and specialist consultants.

There are few cultural institutions in Europe that can boast the ISO quality certification (for example, the twenty year old Pompidou Centre in Paris only launched its application in 2004 before finally obtaining the ISO 9001:2000 version). In the year of its inauguration, 2005, the Palace of Arts, initiated the detailed examination process and after continuous inspection, in 2006 was awarded the latest version of the certification, the ISO 9001:2000, ahead of the Pompidou Centre.

And why the Yin Yang (or Tai-Chi) symbol at the nadir? I searched for a nadir cap that has something to do with the solstice. It has. (see links section at the bottom)
http://www.muveszetekpalotaja.hu - the official site of the Palace of Arts http://www.chinesefortunecalendar.com/yinyang.htm - why the Yin Yang as nadir

Canon 300D, Tokina 12-24@12mm, Manfrotto 055CLB tripod with 303SPH spherical head,

+ Buffalo coat, scarf, a shirt, 2 pullovers (one with a hood), but without hat and gloves :)
Behind the scene : how this panorama was made
The idea of that panorama came to me about two months ago. I work at the other side of the bridge, at a newly built IT center, and walk every morning and evening across that bridge. At the evening the Palace of Arts looks very shiny and compelling, and I thought that at 7am it will be an amazing location for my wrinkle tribute panorama.

Unfortunately it had no floodlight in the morning, and the wheather was foggy too so the other lights on the other side of the Danube river couldn't be seen too.

Above all it was extremely cold too by that time (at least for wheather it used to locally), and I didn't have any gloves with me. I could hardly managed this panorama, but it worth for it. :)

And another note: Yes, the local time at the moment the first picture was taken was 7:08am which is 06:08 UTC. It was a real challenge to wake up at 4:30am, and to wait about 15 minutes for that minute at that wheather conditions.

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