How many times don’t you dream to see the world from above, like birds do? Except of the moments when you are flying over on a plane, you can’t fulfill this wish too often. However, thanks to a team of Russian photo enthusiasts you have the chance to see some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes at any time and right from the comfort of your home.
AirPano is a not-for-profit project focused on high-resolution spherical panorama shots from a bird’s eye view. The team consists of nine photographers and three tech specialists. The project started in 2006 and now it became 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. If you are curious to check the AirPano’s website you will be amazed to discover over 2000 aerial panoramas showing over 200 famous locations of our planet, including North Pole, Antarctica, Mariana Trench, and even the Earth’s view from the stratosphere.
As they confess on their website, the team’s members usually take photos from a helicopter, but they also like to shoot from an airplane, a dirigible, a hot air balloon, a radio-controlled helicopter.
In 2012 AirPano project won “RuNet Awards 2012” contest, while in 2013 the team members received a grant from Russian Geographic Society (RGO) for further development of the project.
Here are some of their beautiful panoramic shots: