As their website states, AirPano is “a not-for-profit project focused on high-resolution spherical panorama shots from a bird’s eye view”. It has photographed almost 300 gorgeous and fascinating places on Earth. Their images let you travel the world at the comfort of your home.
AirPano:AirPano is a not-for-profit project created by a team of Russian photo enthusiasts focused on taking high-resolution aerial panoramic photographs. Although we usually photograph from a helicopter, we also like to shoot from an airplane, a dirigible, a hot air balloon, and a radio-controlled helicopter. Today AirPano is the largest resource in the world – by geographical coverage, number of aerial photographs, and artistic and technical quality of the images — featuring 360° panoramas of the highest quality shot from a bird's eye view.
AirPano: In 2006, we learned how to take spherical panorama shots on land. In those years, this was not an easy task: it required a special panoramic tripod head, a sufficiently deep knowledge of shooting panoramas, and it demanded a lot of manual work. At that time, we also had a lot of experience in photography from helicopters and airplanes, and suddenly Oleg Gaponyuk, the founder of the AirPano project, got an idea: why not break all of the existing laws of taking panorama shots on land, and try to do it in the air? We figured out how to take a spherical shot in the sky, where it is impossible to use a high-precision panorama head, because the helicopter can shift by many meters while shooting, due to the blowing of the wind. After several unsuccessful attempts, we finally figured it out, and the result exceeded all of our expectations. The effect was stunning, and the viewer felt like they were sitting in the helicopter and seeing the surrounding landscape with their own eyes.
When we realized what a stunning impression produce aerial panoramas, we decided to do a project called “100 places on the planet, which you should see from a bird's-eye view”. We wanted to share with the audience fantastic, awesome, incredible impressions, inaccessible to most people. This is how our project has been made. After photo shooting of the first hundred places, we didn't stop there, and now on our website you can find panoramas of more than 230 places of our planet - from the North Pole to Antarctica.