Underwater Shooting on the Maldives. Divers • 360° Panorama
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This sphere shot in warm waters of the Maldives Islands continues the series of our underwater spherical panoramas.
It's curious but fact: there are no civil helicopters on the Maldives and in order not to waste time lying on the beach I decided to dive with a camera. My first training classes took place in Moscow, in my apartment, in the bath full of water where, for the first time in my life, I, with great horror, have put the camera down...
Two days long I was moving between the bathroom and computer but, unfortunately, everything was in vain. The time had come to leave for the airport. As soon as I arrived on the Maldives and within a couple of days more I was training in a shoal standing waist-deep in water near the beach closed to my bungalow.
I knew all the local fish and all the stones at a distance of 50 meters. I was running from water into the room, to my notebook, then back to the sea and again to the notebook. The neighbors were tanning, drinking cocktails, looking at me and smiling. My head top and right palm, which had held the camera, sunburnt.
As a result, after two days experiments I changed the objective, methods of shooting, camera's adjustments and its handling principles. Afterwards, I rented a catamaran and left for the nearest coral reefs and exactly there, swimming with a mask, I tried to shoot the real spheres.
I succeeded. I made a few corrections more and understood that the time to dive into the deep had come. I attended a local diving club and signed up for a coming diving. 8 years had already passed since my last diving and I remembered almost nothing. But the instructor encouraged me: "Put the oxygen cylinder on and jump into water. There you will remember everything." And I jumped. In the beginning I felt fear and it was difficult, I had to give the camera to the instructor but later I, more or less, adapted and began to shoot independently.
Here it is the result.
29 June 2011
keelapavoor c piramanayagam, India
"owesome and really pleaseant place to make one feel more relaxed."
jairaj sachdev, India
"It's wonderful,from the beginning to the end.Thank you. Australia is so far,l'm feeling as real(actual) visitor."
branka gostovic, Australia
"Oh it is really awsome..I am still curious to watch all of them.."
Gopinath Amrutha, India
islam tarek, Egypt
"Thrilling experience! An Extraordinary venture! hats off to the divers and the one who filmed it."
velusamy gounder manohar gounder, India
"Great photography and it also brought back memories
of my time in the RAF when I spent a year in the Maldives 1961/62 and we had the pleasure of a visit
From Lea Kenyon a Colleague of Jacque Cousteau and showed us some underwater photography of his experience in the Maldives.Thank you for showing
a more modern version of the Maldives!!!"
Tom McGrath, Ireland
kcjgirhir kdghur, Aruba
"This is absolutely breathtaking, surreal to say the least!!Racheals song is haunting and apt for this.
How the heck was this filmed?
Was it not dangerous?
Regards and good luck in future endevours.
Jennifer Samuels, India
"hi guy, Great job! I like this very much, Thank you."
Gim Hoo Ow, Malaysia
"ESTUPENDO, LINDO , MARAVILHOSO , MASSA......"
elver francisco carreira, Brazil
kandlekar moshe, Israel
krishna murthy, Jamaica
"I am astonished at the remarkable video tech.What an innovation in 360 degrees. Superb job guys!
I am getting the chills. Once again I am seeing Maldives beautiful under water world since 1972 (I lived in maldives back then for three and a half years). Thank you for reminiscences."
Farah Bangash, USA
Varvara, AirPano: Thank you. It's great that you like this pano. See you here again.
"MARAVILLOSO. THANK MUCH. A WORK OF ART."
Jose Valdes, USA
"Awesome,Amazing,Interesting,very good. I can only reccomend it."
thomas jones, Australia
RAMESH NAIDU, India
Antonio Calado, Portugal
"I'm proud of you,anna. You are so cool. I will visit Maldive in a near future."
wanli Woo, China
massimo de benedictis, Italy
"I have dived in Cape Verde (my home land) and Mozambique for many years and recently I have been in the crystal Red Sea, Giftun, Hurghada, very nice diving and uw photo w/D70 & Nikkor 18/70, no flash. Your shooting 360 degrees is simply outstanding superb extremely DOF and sharpness and natural colors. My congrats and thanks a lot for this opportunity to enjoy your great work."
Carlos Loff Fonseca, Portugal
Varvara, AirPano: We are grateful, Carlos, for your message. If you want, you can dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. Good luck!
Saleem Merchant, United Arab Emirates
dog old, Taiwan Region
"there is no words to describe the efforts of you guys its gives the reality to us like we are there thank you so much"
Gokul Shanmugam, India
Varvara, AirPano: You are welcome! Thanks.
Gajendra Saykhede, India
"OMG it is just as I saw them myself when I lived there.
avinash bhalla, India
"Absolutely stunning! Thankyou so very much!"
jane haydon, Canada
Varvara, AirPano: We appreciate your opinion.
Ratko Golubovic, Serbia and Montenegro
"Your work is beautiful, thank you so much for your art.
One question, what is the title & author of the beautiful song in this panorama?
Kacper Pie, Canada
Varvara, AirPano: Thanks for the comment you left! This is "Rachel's Song" by Paul Oekenfold & Vangelis.
"Congratulations for 360° Aerial Panorama works.
All of these are perfectly. Thanks a lot.
H.Tahsin BAKAN, Turkey"
Hasan Tahsin BAKAN, Turkey
"sorry about my english, congratulation and thank&180s very much by those work. thank&180s"
RAUL NAVA, Mexico
"A little motionless. Such situation supposes movement and liveliness but anyway this view is not ordinary and deserves attention."
"It's nice and unusual panorama as well as the story ;)"
"Holy sizhnit, this is so cool thank you."