Tagged : London

OneMinute – Diana Memorial Fountains

And here’s OneMinute number three. During my stay in London I visited Hyde Park. Located in this huge park is the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial. It’s an oval stone ring fountain which opened in 2004. Today’s video is about this memorial.

The fountain was designed by Kathryn Gustafson, an American landscape artist. It consists out of 545 individual pieces of granite. The fountain is about 50 by 80 meters that surrounds, and is surrounded by, a lush grassy field.

The memorial is a great place to hang out at. People are allowed access to the structure and to the water which makes it ideal on a typical hot summer day. Kids enjoy the water while their parents are sunbathing in the grass. As my younger brother pointed out, every city should have such a place. And it doesn’t cost the earth. In fact, with a price tag of ‘just’ four million euros, it’s dirt cheap for big cities!

Anyway, here’s OneMinute number three. You’ll now experience the Diana Memorial Fountains in just one minute!

OneMinute – Canary Wharf Tube Station

Number two in the OneMinute series is a video of a tube station. And not just any tube station. It’s Canary Wharf Tube Station, designed by famous British architect Norman Foster. The tube station serves the Docklands District, which is a major business center in London.

This London underground station was opened in 1999. A stunning 40 million people pass through this station each year. And they all use a single line, the Jubilee Line.

Inside, the station looks like a cathedral. It has even been used to celebrate a wedding. No, I’m not kidding! The station cathedral is 24 meters deep and 265 meters long. Above ground, two curved glass canopies cover the entrances and refract daylight into the hall below.

That’s it for the facts. It’s time for you to experience this incredible tube station yourself. Sit back and enjoy OneMinute number two!

NB. I shot this video just like I did number one. It’s the same Panasonic HDC-SD60 camera and there’s still no tripod.

OneMinute – London

Starting today I’ll create and upload a series of videos with a duration of 1 minute each. Not coincidentally I named it after it’s duration. Hence the OneMinute series.

But why create and upload one minute long videos? That’s simple. People who follow me on Twitter know I was in London last week. Over there I collected about two hours of raw video. But… I don’t have time to spend hours and hours on creating a big long video. And this is not the first time I don’t have time to edit. In the past, I collected many hours of video but didn’t use it so far. It’s a waste of video (and valuable gigabytes on my hard disk drive)! That’s why I decided to create these short OneMinute videos.


In this OneMinute you’ll experience London in just one minute. The changing of the guards, Trafalgar Square, British Museum, Downing Street 10, Millennium Bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral, river Thames, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. Yep, you’ll experience it all in just one minute!

For people interested. I used a Panasonic HDC-SD60 camera with no tripod. So it’s all filmed hand-held. This time I mostly used standard settings on my camera. Today, I edited this OneMinute video as fast (and the easiest way) as possible. So no Final Cut, Avid or Adobe Premiere. No, I simply used iMovie.

Please enjoy this OneMinute video and I will upload more soon!