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Shoot at sight

Get set to click ‘a moment in the life of the planet’ on May 2, 8.30 pm.
Hindustan Times | By Mayank Austen Soofi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2010 01:15 AM IST

What will you be doing on May 2, Sunday at 8.30 pm? That’s the moment when people across the world — from Chicago to Chennai, Vladivostok to Varanasi, Kigali to Kanpur — will push their camera buttons. Lens, the photography blog of the American daily, The New York Times, has started this initiative to get in both amateur and professional photographers to freeze “one single moment in the life of the planet.”

So whether you are in Manhattan or in Mahipalpur, you can be a part of it. You don’t need to own or borrow a fancy SLR. The humble mobile phone camera is enough.. And no, nobody will judge your photography technique. All that will matter is the “thought behind the picture.”

On its website, Lens says, “We extend the invitation to everyone, everywhereAmateurs. Students. Pros. People who’ve been photographing for a lifetime or who just started yesterday.” From family to nature to religion to social issues, the themes are diverse and you will just have to decide where you want to be at the given time and what you want to click. It can even be your granny performing evening arati at home.

The picture will have to be sent to This link will be activated at 15:00 U.T.C, the D-moment, the equivalent of Greenwich Mean Time, when it will be 8.30 pm in Delhi.The photos will appear instantly on the newspaper’s website and thousands of people from all over the world will get to see your thoughtful attempt at shooting.

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