Day view of Manhattan, New York, USA • 360° Aerial Panorama
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In 2006 I shot our very first spherical aerial panorama, from which the AirPano project started, in the beautiful place of the Colorado and the San Juan rivers confluence (USA):
The result was overwhelming – by looking at the large screen one had a total illusion of flying over the canyon. And so we decided to continue our experiments.
The next attempt was made in 2007 above the island of Manhattan. I remember this photo shoot by one funny detail: there were no headphones for passengers in the helicopter's cabin. I had to shout from the back seat (while trying to overcome the engine roar that was coming from the open door) to let the pilot know where to go. He didn't hear me anyway, so in order to change the shooting position I had to tap on his shoulder and then – after he looked at me – I had to point the direction with my finger where the thumb down meant moving lower. And guess how I showed him to go higher :) It was fun.
After that incident, when hiring a helicopter I always ask: Do you have passenger headphones in the cabin?
And pilots are always surprised: But of course! Is it possible not to have them?
Yes, it is possible,— I answer — In New York :)
Despite of all the difficulties, this photo shoot was accomplished, delivering world's first virtual photo tour above Manhattan.
There were many more flights after this one, and many like-minded people joined AirPano project in the process. As of today we shot around 100 spherical panoramas of the most interesting and beautiful places in all the continents of our planet. Except for Antarctica. We also made virtual photo tours over the world's most beautiful cities.
In 2011 we returned to New York to once again photograph Manhattan: this time making it much better technically and artistically. Enjoy the daytime aerial panoramas of Manhattan now. The evening flight over Manhattan and the large photographic virtual tour will be published in the nearest future.
New York is the most famous city of the USA, and Manhattan is the most famous part of New York. It all started 400 years ago when the most famous and profitable in human history real estate deal was made: the Native Americans sold this 'not so useful' piece of land to Europeans for 24 dollars.
Since that time the island has changed dramatically. For 24 dollars one can probably buy a ticket to the Empire State Building.
Present day Manhattan is the most populated island on Earth. The land itself costs about 40 billion US dollars, and the cost of the entire Manhattan, including its real estate, reaches over 3 trillion US dollars.
This remarkable part of New York City is best to be discovered on foot – not only because of the infamous New York traffic or cost of parking in New York. There is a joke in New York that only wasteful people can afford driving in New York, because the time one spends on finding a parking spot sometimes equals the time it takes to drive from one side of Manhattan to another.
New York is known to be a financial capital of the world, and the island of Manhattan is where all the banks, offices, largest insurance companies and corporations are located – literally one on top of another. Basically the rest of New York, and eventually, the rest of the United States, work for Manhattan, making sure that this gigantic «city inside of the city» continues its mission – processing the wealth of the whole world.
Besides a large number of museums, almost every building in Manhattan has a historical value. Old buildings harmoniously coexist with the best examples of the modern architecture. Most famous New York attractions are located in Manhattan, including Empire State Building mentioned above, Central Park and Times Square. There is also colorful China Town and bright Broadway – they are all located on this island. It is a shame not to bring a photo of Manhattan from your trip to New York!
We also made our modest Manhattan photo album. These panoramas were photographed in the summer of 2011.
Text by Oleg Gaponyuk, photography by Dmitry Moiseenko
17 April 2012
"Spectacular! Nice piano accompaniment, as well.
would like to have been able to zoom in further, especially on the Chrysler building and the Empire State building, so that you could see into some of the offices!
Please correct the title on your bridge picture..It is the Brooklyn Bridge!
David Minott, USA
Varvara, AirPano: Thanks for your message, David.
Sam Farrugia, Australia
"i didn't knew all this stuff about manhattan... thanks for sharing this information."
sumeet kolashetti, India
"Great to see so many wonderful places. Have you done anything at Niagara Falls at night?"
Richard Stonehouse, Australia
"EXTRAORDINARIA VISITA A NEW YOK. FELICITACIONES."
MARIA LUISA PONCE, Argentina
"cuanto poder tiene la mente del hombre, es ilimitado, para crear semejante maravilla visual. muchas gracias muchachos chao"
lidia gladys ramos, Argentina
"Thank you. Beautiful work."
Sergio Condeza, Chile
azooz s, Saudi Arabia
李志远 13581807481, China
"Just unbelievable. Congratulations and thanks !!!"
Pablo Mallco, Argentina
"Extraordinary. Will save me thousands in airfare since I can now stay home and see more, better from my chair. Your work is truly amazing. Thank you."
Jon Loveless, USA
Varvara, AirPano: Thanks. We are glad that you enjoyed this view.
"Thanks. It was an extraordinary. I really enjoyed it.Do you stop?To see the most enjoyable parts of the world around you is beautiful."
hossein shakiba, Iran
GIUSEPPE PIGOLA, Switzerland
永 赵, China
"I have never been out of my province,needless to say out of the country,seeing these photos with the music really touch me, which also let me know how big how wonderful the world is, hope someday in the future I can see the scenery by my own. Thank you for the photos and music."
Ying Chan, China
"very well,thanks for panorama"
afshin pakseresht, Iran
"WOW!!! Have lived in NY all my life, but have never seen it like this. Thank you soooo much. Will be looking at more of your photography."
Elaine Lehe, USA
"عکسهای بسیار زیبایی بود و خیلی لذت بردم از هنرمندی که آنها را تهیه کرده است نیز تشکر می کنم"
msjid Ahmadian, Iran
"My most expresive thanks and admiration for such a magnificent, delightful work that all of you have done! Believe! I am so romatic! Listening to that beautiful music and watching the splendid way you play with the camaras, it gives me one of the most romantic and unforgettable moments in life. Too bad my husband is dead. Many thanks!!"
Luzstella Perotti, USA
Varvara, AirPano: We are happy you visited us and left your comment. We appreciate it.
"this is v good."
ashok kumar, India
"For three times I`ve been in NY and my memories are
Ursula Brosig, Germany
"nó lŕ một"
Ting Tấn, Vietnam
"Excellent!!! I visited NY eighteen years ago and these fantastic pans remind me it. Thank you. Hanka"
Hanka Prisovska, Czech Republic
"This is a great work you are doing, keep going. I hoppe you have one from Mexico City and Tijuana"
JOSE HUMBETO GAMBOA, Mexico
"Beautiful New York!"
john yang, Thailand
"we have visited this place during 2010.It's very worth seeing place&we have enjoyed a lot. Thanks for made me having memory of the same."
dhanakoti rao, India
Varvara, AirPano: Thank you very much for the opinion left.
"EXCELENTE TRABAJO,UN PASEO POR NUEVA YORK SENTADO EN MI ESCRITORIO SI QUE ES PARA AGRADECERLES!!! SIGAN ADELANTE LO HACEN MUY BIEN!!!!!"
JORGE AQUIN, Argentina
"Excelente todo lo que hacen,los felicito!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
horacio goya, Argentina
Gabriele Graizian, Italy
Mangla Pandya, India
"kOZEL EGY HONAPIG JÁRTAM BE GYALOGOSSAN MANHATTAN UTCÁIT.iGY ÖSSZETUDOM HASONLITANI AFELVÉTELEKKEL.vALOBAN CSAK GYÖNYÖRKÖDNI LEHET A KÉPSOROKBAN. gRATULÁLOK"
istván horvath, Hungary
"Hi: I was born in Manhattan in 1927, watched it transform until I left for Los Angeles in 1965. It's unbelieveable how it has changed, your work is fantastic, I'll be studying these photos for many days to reorient myself. I hope to return in the near future to re-experiance my home. Thank you, thank you, for your wonderful gift. Jay Holmes"
Jay Holmes, USA
Varvara, AirPano: We are grateful, Jay, for you message. FYI, we'll release a new tour over evening and night Manhattan soon. You are invited to view it. Regards!
"So habe ich Manhattan noch nicht gesehen. Einfach super. Herbert"
Herbert-Konrad Leonhardt, Germany
"It's a very nice work, I like to see the good works like this, please continue."
abdulhakeem Ibrahim, Jordan
"You might want to ask Google to support your work. It always amazes me. This time I did a whimsical thing,--I scrolled up to the sky and spun it around. Trippy experience. I particularly enjoyed the long exposure of the bridges at night with the reflections in the water. Color, sharpness, composition. Polarizing filter? ND filter? Or just regular exposure?"
Meryl Wieder, USA
Varvara, AirPano: Thanks! It was regular exposure for 30sec. No filters.