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Born in 1970. Currently lives in Moscow, Russia.
I graduated from State Nuclear Research Institute "MEPhI" (Moscow Institute of Engineering and Physics) with major in engineering and applied mathematics. My hobbies include photography (especially photo panoramas), skiing, windsurfing, kiting, scuba diving, playing guitar and a keyboard, PocketPC, computers, jokes, tequila and world travel… I am ready to travel to the other side of the world for a good picture. My sense of humor helps me see fun and unique side of every situation; and I won't even mention the degree in which tequila helps me!
Contact phone: +7 (495) 729-4250
Born in 1962. Currently lives in Moscow, Russia.
I graduated from Saint Petersburg State University of Cinema and Television. I love photography, computer technologies and designing new gadgets. Few years ago I got interested in panoramic photography, especially in spherical panoramas. I published a series of articles in Russian to promote this unique photography style on the edge of fine art and technology. I patented the method of photographing multi-row spherical panoramas without a tripod or a panorama head. I enjoy designing and building devices for shooting panoramic photographs. Currently Oleg Gaponyuk, my friend and colleague, uses my gadgets, methods and know-hows for traditional photography, as well as for shooting panoramas from the ground and from air.
Lately I have been mostly involved in researching, assembling and publishing panoramas with the use of Flash technology. In my opinion, this technology is one of the most progressive methods of processing and viewing spherical panoramas and virtual tours.
Born in 1983.
My first conscious acquaintance with photography happened in 2003, when a simple digital 1.3Mp hand-held camera landed in my hands. I was highly impressed with the fact that a photo appeared on a screen right away! After that I became a fan of photography and dedicated all my spare time to it. I graduated with honors in International Economy, and spent 7 years working as an economist in International Business Affairs field. However, the crisis changed everything for me: my office file turned into home and travels; my business suit turned into a fleece jacket; my leather case became a camera bag; my office notebook transformed into a desktop computer with two enormous screens; and Excel and SAP software got replaced with Adobe Photoshop ;)
I find inspiration in romantic beauty of Northern America National Parks; mountains of Patagonia; glacier lagoons of Iceland; sand dunes of Sahara desert; and jungles of Brazil as well as in irresistible energy of big cities.
I joined AirPano.com to share my photographs with those who can't travel due to different reasons. This is exactly how I see AirPano's mission - to show the most beautiful places of our planet to the public in a way nobody did before: from a bird's-eye view, with an ability to move and look around freely.
Born in 1974
As it often happens, a degree one earns in a University doesn't always guarantee the same professional placement. I graduated from a Medical University as a specialist in Medical Cybernetics. I tried to apply my knowledge in science; however, "free market" conditions of that time didn't help finding financial support for my projects. This brought me to website development and programming, which, in turn, took me to New Zealand. This is where I found my interest in landscape photography...
Breathtaking nature of New Zealand inspired me to further develop my photography skills. Since that time, my camera always travels with me, no matter where I go, and I look at the world through a viewfinder. Hundreds of film rolls, thousands of images, and over hundred thousand kilometers on the road made me the photographer I am now. My photographs got noticed. Many image stocks, publications and advertisement agencies started purchasing my images. Along with classical landscapes I also enjoy shooting street life and city architecture. However, it was my love of panoramas that brought me to AirPano project.
Although photography remains my favorite hobby, I dedicate a lot of time and attention to panoramas. I also write articles about photo and video for various Russian publications. I take part in different projects and participate in national and international photo contests and competitions, brining home prizes on a regular basis.
Born in 1966 in Kaliningrad (Konigsberg) near Baltic sea, Russia.
Like many others before me, I started my career in photography in a middle school photo studio. I shot with "Smena 8М" camera, kept my photo enlarger in the bathroom and took part in regional school photo contests.
I left Konigsberg, the most Western city of Russia, and moved to the capital to study Bio Chemistry in one of Moscow universities; later on I also graduated from an International Law school.
Koyaanisqatsi, the movie by Godfrey Reggio, became a turning point for me. At that moment I thought that these incredible and extremely beautiful landscapes were shot all over the world... And so I promised myself to see them all with my own eyes.
I spent 2002 and 2003 working for NTV broadcasting company, running "Journey To Far Away" TV show. Running a business was easy comparing to what I had to do for the show: I was a travel planner, a videographer, an anchor, a journalist, a video editor, a scriptwriter, and a host, telling stories about my travel adventures for the audience on air!
It took me several years before I could touch a video camera again. Nikon D70 was a digital solution to my struggle, and it opened a new chapter in my life. Well-respected publications, like National Geographic Traveler (Russia), Photodelo and Stolichny Style magazines, began to publish my articles and photos of exotic countries. As an NG correspondent, I also was a regular guest on "Domestic" TV channel talking about my traveling.
Having documented more than 60 countries on film and on microphone, I now continue globetrotting with a camera backpack, which gets heavier and heavier with an aerial photography gear.
You can see my selected works here
Born in 1961 in Kharkov, Ukraine.
I graduated the Art College, specialization - portrait, then graduated the architectural faculty of the Institute. The first my teacher was the father who was in love with photography. He made everything himself ending with color film development. It was the time when in my native Kharkov they were not be able to make it professionally even in the laboratories. So, I have known "the chemistry of the process" since I was a child. I have both known and loved it.
During the period of Perestroika together with the partners I founded a small printing business which then was transformed into the largest printery in Eastern Ukraine. The need in a creative self-expression, the ardor for photography and travels "to the ends of the earth" finally won and, having left the beneficiary business, I could drastically change my life. It was a complicated but well-timed and right decision. Together with my wife Margarita we opened and are efficiently developing the advertising agency. The numerous advertising campaigns were created and realized on the basis of my photos and concepts. My publications appeared in photo and travel magazines. I began to take part and win in the international contests and exhibitions.
I travel much, organize and lead photo-expeditions for the people like me addicted to photography. When the right chosen place, beautiful light and ideal moment find each other, the photo is born. The most important is to find this place, get the light at last and do not miss the moment.
It seems to me sometimes I'm able to do this or I am wrong, perhaps. The judges are you - the Viewers!
Author's site: www.mikereyfman.com
Born in 1976. Currently lives in Istra, Moscow Region, Russia.
My childhood dream was to become a pilot. I became a software engineer instead. Later in life my dreams relapsed getting me into piloting radio controlled devices. By the way, for my new hobby I chose one of the least known and most complicated fields - radio controlled helicopters. Being self-taught I don't remember how many helicopters I crashed before I realized that flying just for my friends' amusement was not enough.
One time I came across a website of a company that shot every other Hollywood blockbuster's aerial scene. This gave a new - and practical as well! - angle to my hobby. I wanted to learn how to shoot photo and video with my radio-controlled helicopter. It didn't happen overnight. Satisfactory results took 3 years of experiments with different structural designs. In spring of 2010 Oleg Gaponyuk proposed to try shooting my first spherical panorama with my RC helicopter. To our surprise, after three photo sessions AirPano team managed to put together a virtual photo tour of Moscow City. Unfortunately, our flights were postponed for a while due to the helicopter's breakdown.
In the beginning of 2011 Oleg invited me to join AirPano team to explore new technical solutions of shooting spherical photo panoramas. I hope that the project will benefit from my knowledge and experience, reaching new angles and locations that are impossible to get with a large helicopter.
I write about shooting aerial photography from radio-controlled devices in my personal blog (http://rccam.livejournal.com). Here you can also see some "traditional" photos of our work process.