Moscow Kremlin at Night • 360° Aerial Panoramas
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Inspired by his success we decided to shoot a panoramic photo of Moscow at night. Considering that there were no real helicopters allowed above the city of Moscow, we decided to use our small helicopter purchased in a toy store. We used it a lot for our Moscow photo sessions during daytime. For example, we used it for this panorama of Moscow State University. However, we couldn't attach Dima's large and sturdy tripod for night photography to our little helicopter. The helicopter simply couldn't take off.
We spent all night trying to solve this problem, but nothing came to our minds. The following morning we gave up and called Dima asking to read us next advice from that wise book. Dima was shooting a wedding at that moment, but after hearing our cry for help, he asked the groom and the bride to wait while he opened the book and read the following passage into the phone: "If you have weight or luggage space limitations you can buy a small light travel size tripod for tourists."
As usual, a genius solution was the simplest one, and it was laying on the surface. We went to the camera store again. The store manager remembered us from the last time, when we spent half of the day choosing the largest, heaviest, and sturdiest tripod in his store. We told him that this time we needed the smallest, lightest, and most compact tripod. He looked at us with a great interest and asked: "What are you going to shoot?"
To keep our know-how a secret, I evasively replied: "We are under-water photographers. One of our guys almost drowned with that heavy tripod, this is why we are looking for a light one now." The store manager left and returned with a very good palm-size model.
"If you have an emergency situation under water, — said the manager — you can just leave it there. It's only 1 dollar. We use these tripods in our store as price tag holders, but it'll serve your purpose just as well."
Encouraged by the attractive price we purchased two tripods and left. We attached our new tripod to the helicopter and tried to fly it again. The helicopter lifted off the floor for a moment, but something kept pulling it down. After a short but powerful brainstorm we got an outstanding idea. We ran to the camera, removed 16GB flash card and replaced it with a 4GB one. Voila! With 12GB off its propellers, our helicopter soared into the air.
This is how we shot our first panoramic photos of Moscow at night from the radio-controlled helicopter — we used a very simple, small but sturdy and affordable tripod, and a lightweight flash card.
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shams rehman, Pakistan
"After visiting this city in 1993, your pictures brought back wonderful memories. Daylight pictures of Red Square would emphasise the historical aspects of the location. Thank you."
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Grandiose , magnifique , superbe !
Merci pour cette initiative.
...Désolé mais je ne parle ni écris votre langue
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Maria E. Correa, Colombia
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"Muy hermosa las vistas panoramicas sobre la ciudad de Moscu con este tripode y camara potente, en esta ciudad estudio un hermano en el año 1986 hermoso pais LA UNION SOBIETICA"
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Thank you for your message. Good luck!
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maria sumner, Brazil
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Arif Qureshi, Pakistan
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