Moscow, Gigapixel Panorama
We have already been shooting aerial panoramas for 6 years. During this period of time we shot many interesting cities of the world: New York, Amsterdam, Kuala Lumpur, Sidney, Miami, Las Vegas, Rio de Janeiro, Dubai, Los Angeles and others. However, we didn't succeed in shooting the city we live in, though we did our best. The case is the flights over Moscow are forbidden except those of Russian Federation Ministry of Civil Defense and Emergency Response and Russian police.
Taking in consideration these administrative restrictions we applied our creativity and resolved this problem by the following:
1. First, we made a virtual tour over Moscow Encircling Highway: MEH and the interchanges.
3. The sphere was shot from the height of 1000m. The most part of Moscow and its region can be viewed from that point.
4. In May 2010 near Crocus-City Moscow panorama of extra high resolution was shot from the height of 1000m. Now we represent it on the site.
The shooting was made with objectives-fixes of 200, 300 and 400 mm. Several panoramas were shot (1, 2 and 3 Gig pixels) there. But now to reduce the files' size it is exposed the version of 200 mm.
An old helicopter Robinson, I wonder how it could be in Moscow, didn't want to go up to the height of 1000m much. And we could reach the height needed only by going up in a spiral J
In spite of haze, It can be viewed not only the TV tower of Ostankino, but also the Kremlin, The Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Novodevichiy Convent and many other places of interest. As we know, it is the first panoramas' shooting in the world which was made in such resolution from a helicopter. Although its artistic value isn't much, from the technical point of view it is a considerable achievement. At the same time it's quite interesting to view Moscow from the height of 1 km.
"very good panorama"
warand dahjat awanes, Armenia
"Thank you. It Beautiful."
dhee duque, United Kingdom
"where do you get these from, amazing subjects from"
Rosemary robb, Canada
"Oh, what a delight to have an aerial view of a city where I, as a university student had spent 5 years, some 40 years back. Few of the places were honestly forgotten, thanks for bringing back their memory and in particular I liked the idea of labeling them, overall an excellent presentation, cheers."
Babar Mirza, Kuwait
Pradeep Kumar Beck, India
"Very nice panorama. What is the name of a song?"
Erik Surmanek, Slovakia
AirPano: "Dear Erik, the title of the song is Moskva Mayskaya (Moscow in May). Music by D. and D. Pokrass, text by V. Lebedev-Kumatch.