Los Angeles at dusk, CA, USA • 360° Aerial Panorama
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We shot our first evening aerial panorama from helicopter purely by chance, fying over downtown of Los Angeles.
It so happened that our photographer Dima Moiseyenko, as far as his story goes, was delayed during takeoff (but I would call it "being half an hour late for the shoot" :)
He took off later than usual, at this time we normally finish our flights. However he managed to photograph the famous Hollywood sign (signature of Los Angeles) in the sunset's dying glow.
Afterwards, probably led by his guilty conscience, Dima decided to fly to LA downtown and shoot several panoramas of Los Angeles skyline in twilight. He thought that, most likely, the technical quality of images would be very low: it was pretty dark, and usually nobody shoots from a helicopter in poor light. Surprisingly, the result was quite interesting, and in a few days Dima had an assignment to fly over Las Vegas after sunset and shoot the illuminated city. It turned out to be a unique photo session with results that I've never seen before. Besides it's always nice to be the first in the world to accomplish something totally new. We will show you Las Vegas at night later, and in the meantime let us introduce you to evening Los Angeles.
Religious Spanish colonists founded Los Angeles at the end of XVIII century. Being inherently generous in nature (and in words), they called their settlement: El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles sobre El Río Porciúncula (The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels on the River Porciúncula). History is silent on how much patience it took them to say this phrase, but the later shortening of the city's name is not surprising.
By 1820 it became the largest civil settlement in California: 650 people lived there, and the city status was given to Los Angeles in 1850.
Nowadays, Los Angeles is a city with the largest population within the state and second largest in the country. Although it still looks like a "big village" from the sky: numerous small houses nesting among the hills are a true Los Angeles, resembling a giant quilt made of different patches. The city has no well-defined central area, which is yet another unique feature of the City of Angels.
If you ask anyone what they think when someone mentions Los Angeles, they will tell you that it is Hollywood. On the average, 50 films and TV shows are shot on its streets on the daily basis. But, as with any large city, it has more to it than meets the eye.
One can also find orange orchards, developing aviation industry, and even oil production. And thanks to its magnificent beaches and other sights, Los Angeles attracts millions of tourists, and it is known as the third most visited city in the United States after New York and Miami.
Los Angeles doesn't have a lot of landmarks: it is best known for its unique atmosphere and fame.
The city is situated on the coastal lowlands bordering the bay area and surrounded by mountains. Besides beautiful one-storey houses you can see skyscrapers and a lot of parks. By the way, lighthouse located in its harbor is the only lighthouse in the world that has green lights.
There are tens of thousands of entertainment spots in Los Angeles. The main centers of nightlife are concentrated in the areas of Silver Lake, Hollywood, and Sunset Boulevard (street of local rockers and gays). During the day tourists can visit Disneyland and Universal Studios - world-famous theme parks - as well as famous ocean beaches.
Los Angeles also has ??Beverly Hills, which is famous for its rich residents (which isn't quite true), and one of the most famous streets in Hollywood - Mulholland Drive - with villas of Kevin Costner, Marlon Brando, Bruce Willis and other celebrities; and Avenue of Stars with thousands of handprints of great directors, actors, musicians... Aside from it, the city is famous as the world's trade center. And finally, the famous "Oscars" also awarded here.
This is why Los Angeles can be called a city of history and a city of legend.
28 February 2011
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"Avenue of the Stars is in Century City. The hand- and footprints are on Hollywood Boulevard."
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"Wow, Thank you for sharing all of this beautiful footage! Truly Exquisite!"
Becca Schultz, USA
"I lived and worked in LA for 26 yrs. But would not give up the North West for it."
Rudy Lozano, USA
"Born and raised there and spent 35 years fighting traffic in that sprawl that gives such great pictures of the lights beginning to show at dusk.
But no more."
BOB COENNEN, USA
"Very good! I am wondering why no landmarks and many other spectacular sites from Canada are represented here."
Kaiser Basravi, Canada
"Lived in Los Angeles for 42 years. First in Hermosa Beach, then in San Fernando Valley. Loved Los Angeles. Worked in the Surf board industry and then in the Aircraft Industry for about 25 years. It is very expensive over there now. Aloha, Bradda Wendell Abbey"
Wendell Abbey, USA
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Michael Young, United Kingdom
Varvara, AirPano: Dear Michael, to know the music there are control buttons in the left bottm corner. Put your mouse over the "sound" button or the "change melody" button and you will see the title of the melody and its author. http://www.airpano.com/FAQ.php
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"Its gr8. Until date I was wondering how LA wud be different from New York or Washington DC. Demi thanks to U, U made me realise that one should visit this place as well when in US."
Sunku Shunmuga Sundaram, India
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Alvaro Flores, Venezuela
"Gertrude Stein was right. As vapid and ugly as I remember it. Thanks!"
Joe Ciolinoo, USA
"Beautiful presentation - can't wait to go back again next year."
Doug Harvey, United Kingdom
"Excellent , very beautiful presentaion, To visit LA is on my wish list"
Geekay Patel, United Kingdom
"Outstanding.. Beautiful presentation. I think it's more effective at dusk or during bright mid-day sunlight."
ED Nelson, USA
sam irsvde, Iran
"stayed in north la for nearly 25 years but never saw it like this."
Varvara, AirPano: We are glad to share this experience with you.
"Nice photography & Amazing place"
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