An eye-popping panoramic photo project capturing Harlem, NY and all its apparent and hidden beauty is making waves on the Internet.
With mesmerizing detail and astonishing sharpness, the gorgeous collection of photos, which are part of the AirPano
franchise of panoramic galleries, captures a bird’s-eye view of Harlem, NY in high-definition clarity.
Russian photographer Sergey Semenov created the project by assembling thousands of high-resolution 3D aerial panoramas taken of the city during helicopter tours in 2011.
His team then digitally “flattens” the images and stitches them together to create the galleries.
The Harlem, NY gallery, however, is only one of many that are part of the AirPano collection. Other galleries include breathtaking panoramic views of cities like Las Vegas; Sydney; and Cape Town, South Africa, as well as landscapes from the Iguazu Falls in Argentina, the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, and the Grand Canyon.
“The sense of the project itself is to show the people the most beautiful places of our planet in the manner that nobody has ever seen them before: from the bird’s-eye view with unlimited freedom of vision and movement,” Semenov wrote on his website.
“The desire to share my impressions with those who can’t travel due to different circumstances led me to the project,” Semenov added.
The AirPano galleries allow users to experience the photos as if they were actually there.
With a series of buttons that allow the user the manipulate the direction of the photo and zoom in or out, the project makes it so “anyone can turn (their) head and look (at) any side: up, down, to the left, to the right, ahead, back and (at) different sides,” Semenov wrote.
Check out the panorama below (hit the “Harlem” button to the far left where red arrow is shown below):