Underwater Maldives. Stingrays • 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.
22 January 2012
"Most spectacular thing in the world ! #9786"
Mubeen Haroun, South Africa
"FANTASTICO.......HERMOSA LA PAGINA!!!!"
nely morralla, Argentina
Îëåã ÊÀÐ×ÅÍß, Belarus
"Nice Job nice to look around to pass time with a few love it."
Henry Whitehead, New Zealand
"Wow, what to say.. ?!? Fantastic! Thank you for hours of dreaming :)"
Pavla Konupcikova, Czech Republic
"Excellent. How do you stitched the images into one big panoramic view? What software?"
zaide zainal, Malaysia
"High-resolution glory and it was beautiful. thank you very much"
ameneh daliri, Iran
"very beautiful . how i can download theme ? please help me ."
hadi mojarad, Iran
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"I just had a holiday without going anywhere, what a treat, thanks."
Ernesto Montoya, Canada
vladimir popovic, Yugoslavia
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Andrea Lin, Spain
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"No doubt, all the views are awesome but I still feel that the blinking of lights, flowing of water, moving of clouds will definitely add more life to the mind boggling scenes....."
Debasish Paul, India
Varvara, AirPano: Thanks a lot for your interest and attention.
"Wow! That was just great!"
Mirunalini Manickam, India
Petr Cenek, Czech Republic
"This is fantastic !!!"
G. D. Nair, India
gianmarco marco, Italy
"Excellent work wonderful & amazing ...congratulation. I Think you'll do amazing work in the Red Sea too ... KSA-SCTA-MAS"
Fahad AlWadie, Saudi Arabia
A.baset Asalam, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
"Some of the most prettiest pictures I have seen in my life. Well done! You deserve a 6 but 5 is the highest rating there is."
Amaya Gonzalez-Mollmann, USA
Varvara, AirPano: We are happy you liked it.
"excelent documentary ,"
Kristo Attila, Romania
Varvara, AirPano: Many thanks!
"mi linda ciudad"
daisy lopez, Honduras
"iam sorry not good enough
and boring. nothing to do of Maldives."
Varvara, AirPano: Thanks for your truthful opinion! The world is different. Someone likes Maldives, someone don't. C'est la vie :)
HOURDIN GERARD, France
really enjoyed the oportunity to your panorama videos.
Thank you so much.
Traute Tramonto, USA
Varvara, AirPano: We are happy to share this material with you!
"Very very nice!!!"
Stanley Huges, USA
"Very Nice :) Have you seen some of Marcio Cabral, Jason Bucheim, and Richard Cheser underwater panoramas. Maybe you could do an artistic piece with models similar to what Mick Geisner does.
Stoney Vintson, USA
"Fantastic!! thank you very much."
majid zare moghadam, Iran
"Great shots -- and I wish to see more of your shootings say -- Iguazu Falls ? Congratulations -- and thank you ."
Paul Yih, USA
"Excelent. What can I say more?
Erico Rocha, Portugal