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A few facts about AirPano

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Since 2006 we have been taking photos of the most significant and interesting corners of the Earth. One of the most remarkable results of our work is AirPano project, that we are still engaged in. More than 4,200 panoramas of around 400 places of the Earth, including the North Pole, the Antarctic, volcano eruptions and even panoramas from the stratosphere, are presented on our website. Every week we publish a new virtual tour on the website www.AirPano.com.

Having an extensive experience of taking pictures in different conditions together with the use of the most advanced technologies, our team is able to carry out different kinds of projects, even the most difficult ones. Our portfolio includes panoramas ordered by the administration of Moscow Kremlin and the direction of Kronotsky Nature Reserve (Kamchatka); the largest shopping and leisure complex Crocus-City and the highest skyscraper in Europe – the Federation Tower in Moscow. We work with museums and nature reserves, construction companies and restaurants. We also cooperate with the Russia Today News Agency, making special spherical reports for them.

Three times the AirPano team has received the grant from the Russian Geographical Society. We take part in regular festivals and exhibitions where we demonstrate our creations using the panoramic cinema and virtual reality glasses.

Our panoramas are widely used by the leading western companies, such as Google, Microsoft, LG, Samsung, Starbucks, Nokia, and others. AirPano Travel Book App was listed among the best applications of the year 2014 according to Apple.

We use only professional photography equipment. Our authors work in cooperation with Sony and Nikon (one of our photographers even became a Nikon Ambassador in Russia). As for the aerial photography, we work directly with the light UAV (aerial drones) manufacturers, making it possible to apply the latest technologies in this field.

The key point for the creating high-quality product is post-processing. The highest quality of the 360° video production allows us to receive requests from the leading advertising agencies of the world.

The obtained product can be demonstrated in the highest resolution with the possibility of adaptation for any kind of devices. For the complete immersion into the virtual reality, we possess the technologies for demonstrating spherical photo and video using virtual reality goggles (including Samsung Gear VR), info-stands, touch screens and binoculars.

Our team

Everyone in our team is a true professional in their field

Oleg Gaponyuk Founder of AirPano project

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!

My photographs are available for viewing here and here.

Andrey Zubetz

1962 - 2015. One of the founder of AirPano project.

He graduated from Saint Petersburg State University of Cinema and Television. Loved photography, computer technologies and designing new gadgets. One of the pioneers of panoramic photography, especially in spherical panoramas. Published a series of articles in Russian to promote this unique photography style on the edge of fine art and technology.

Sergey Semenov CEO

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 joined AirPano.com to share my photographs with those who can't travel due to different reasons.

You can find my photos here and here.

Dmitry Moiseenko Photographer, traveller

Born in 1966 in Kaliningrad (Konigsberg) near Baltic sea. 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!

You can find some of my photos here.

Mike Reyfman Photographer

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.
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. 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.
Author's site: www.mikereyfman.com.

Max Guzovsky Photographer, diver

Born in Russia, Ural, Ekaterinburg (Sverdlovsk) in 1972. Graduated from Moscow State University as an engineer-geologist, hydrogeologist. My travelling, motorcycle, active sports and diving hobbies were bonded with photography. The acquaintance began with the Smena 8 camera, that belonged to my father. It became a working tool of a geology student and introduced me to the photo-magic of the film development smell in the lab, nights, spent with my friends in the red twilight and the miracle of the picture appearing in the development bath.
After the black & white Smena came the Pentax and color, and the digital revolution arose with the Kodak DC50 in 1997 with the resolution of only 0.4 megapixels as a business tool for taking photo samples for catalog items. In 2002 when the Canon 60D DSLR camera came into the world of art photography, the film went away.
Since then the “arms race” changed photography beyond recognition and happily settled in the cellular phone sphere. Nevertheless, the beauty of the still moment of life, nature and light effects dazzles even more and now you can see this magical world from the air and the ocean depths. Digital photography revealed to me vast technical decisions and allowed to make panoramas for AirPano in a bathyscaph 300 meters deep and in antigravity also. What’s next? Only the best from AirPano. Some of my latest travel photos I publish here.

Ádám Plézer Photographer

I am an economist working in Brussels for an international organization. I have been living here for almost fourteen years, but as a native Hungarian I fly to Hungary almost every single weekend. I have always liked photography in all its forms, but last year finally I found what really is for me: aerial photography with a drone. The very first spark was given when I was searching for pictures about Raja Ampat in the internet, and I saw a picture from AirPano. I thought to myself, how cool would it be if I learned to make this specialty of photography? So this is how I ended up learning to fly a drone.
My main motivation in photography is to see the world from above, and to photograph my favourite places, and also places which are very remote, hard to access. I have still a lot of places and projects in mind and I do hope to realize them in the near future so that I can share the results with you through AirPano and also my own website.
You can find some of my photos here.

Sergey Shandin Photographer, video-operator

Born in 1973. First took an interest in photo technique when I was 3 years old. It was my grandfather who taught me how to put a film in a camera in a dark room and take my first pictures. Since then I have changed a lot of cameras, but I am still interested in both new and old technique. I have a small camera collection, some devices are older than me.I graduated from Bauman Moscow State Technical University with a degree in “Optical equipment for scientific research”. Having worked in different fields, I finally chose photography because of the opportunity to observe something new and meet outstanding and interesting people. Since 2002, I have been teaching photography in photo schools of Moscow. For around two decades have been working as a freelance photographer. Collaborated with “Gazprom”, “Sibur”, “NTV Plus”, ABBYY, Nestle, AGA, different publishers, magazines and advertising agencies. Over the last few years, I have started organizing photo-trips to different beautiful corners of our planet. I love to observe life in its various expressions and capture them.I love travelling and photography, so that’s why I joined AirPano team in 2014.Some of my photos you can find on my website Picto.ru, while my latest travel reports I publish here.

Varvara Panina Project manager

Born in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1994. Received education in the field of publishing industry. Apart from traveling and photography passion, which unites all members of AirPano, my interests lie in sincere art and literate Russian language.
Joined AirPano in 2013. Since then I manage the website: for example, I combine panoramas in virtual tours and prepare other content for publishing, communicate with numerous clients and visitors of our website, look after YouTube channel and I also participate in organizing the work process. My tasks may change, but the mission always remains the same — to give anyone the opportunity to take a virtual travel to the most interesting places on Earth.

Anastasia Barinova Editor

Born in 1967 in Leningrad (St. Petersburg) and studied in Leningrad State University, the Faculty of Philology. In the 1990-ies, I got acquainted with Oleg Gaponyuk through one of the online playgrounds. Already then he was involved in the photography activity and needed some texts to describe the pictures, so I started writing them. Thus, by 2006 when AirPano was founded, the project had already had the writer and editor. Certain life circumstances have occurred since then (for example, I moved to Belgrade in 2014), but the essential elements have remained the same: the family, music, travellings, computer games and, certainly, AirPano. I carry on checking and editing descriptions for the shooting process written by our photographers and creating original texts telling about captured places and events.

Andrew Nikiforov Business Development

Born in 1987. Graduated from the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (MEPhI) with a degree in applied mathematics and computer science. Later he graduated from the British Higher School of Art and Design with a degree in Art Director. This education at the intersection of technology and art helped to establish many successful projects. AirPano mobile applications, recognized as the best apps of the year according to the App Store, are among them. In the AirPano project, Andrey participates in the development of new business areas.

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Sergey Rumyantsev Photographer, video-engineer

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.

You can find my photos here.

Stanislav Sedov Pilot, photographer

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.. Here you can also see some "traditional" photos of our work process.

Ivan Roslyakov Photographer, video-engineer

I was born in 1983. After completing my degree in civil engineering at Moscow State University of Civil Engineering (MGSU), I devoted next 8 years my life to the successful development of domestic heat supply, heating, and ventilation.During several years of travel I visited dozens of largest cities in Russia and abroad. Every business trip I went I always had my camera with me. My favorite photo shoot themes were not just cities with their neighborhoods and attractions, but also aerial views from the airplane side window that I took on my way to work and back home.Also, back when I was a student, I was very passionate about snowboarding. This passion inevitably led me to the mountains where 10 years ago, for the first time in my life, I took camera in my hands and started doing serious photography. Incredible mountain scenery greatly contributed to the development of my passion for photography. Combining my yearning for high mountains and "high" art, I tried to take pictures of some of the most interesting mountain regions of the world.All these photo stories and many more can be viewed hereBeing on the front line of an engineering field, I also tracked all the latest developments and technologies in photography. No wonder I started experimenting with panoramic photography and learned to shoot in almost any environment: on the ground, under water, at night, and in other special conditions.Just over a year ago the passion for panoramic photography led me to a unique AirPano project. I hope that all efforts put in making of our virtual air travels will meet your and our friends' expectations.

Max Nasekin Photographer

I was born in a place equidistant from the golden Altai Mountains and the mysterious Vasyugan Swamps back in 1970, having caught the times of Alexander Kerensky. I started taking pictures when I was the kid aged 4, and moreover, I had already used the 120 film format. However, I took my first camera apart (BelOMO Etude) piece by piece pretty soon.
In 1993, I graduated from the optics faculty in a university in Novosibirsk but it took me 15 years to finally start taking photographs professionally when the genre of panoramic photography appeared. Collaborated with companies S7 Airlines, Sibmost OJSC, JSC RUSNANO and the Siberian Division of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
I long for anything new. That’s what has brought me to AirPano. Concerning my interests, I also like to be a little ironic. I am interested in biologization and involved in culinary experiments. And, of course, I like travelling: with a camera and, most recently, a drone. I am particularly attracted to deserts and mountains.