This Aerial Panorama of NYC Looks Like a Screenshot of Sim City


The image you see above isn’t a screenshot from some city-building video game like Sim City. It’s a panoramic photograph of New York City captured by Sergey Semenov that recently won Epson’s Pano Award for most outstanding panorama captured by an amateur. Check out a high-resolution version of the image here.

If you’re wondering why the image looks so different from other photographs taken from the sky, the reason is because it’s not a single exposure photograph. Instead, Sergey captured numerous photographs of the city from various angles as he rode around in a helicopter, stitched the resulting images into a 3D panorama, and then flatted the 3D version into the 2D photograph seen above.

Here’s what the non-flattened version looks like:


Want to browse the interactive 3D version in all its glory? Here it is (sorry about the autostart and the music):

You can also find a low-resolution version of this interactive photo over on AirPano.

(via AirPano via The Verge)

  • Guest

    Wow, an amateur did this. Guess that makes me sub-amateur level…

  • Spongebob Nopants

    A shockingly outstanding achievement but there’s nothing 3D about it. There is no CGI and no stereographic view, the two understood meanings of 3D.
    Perhaps “3D” is a term in panoramic photography with a different meaning than the two I know of.

  • Sean Lucky

    I appreciate the apology for autostart on the music. Definitely a pet peave of mine with websites.

  • A63

    Although he is doing amassing job, he is not an amateur – just check his web site.

  • Post Police

    Perhaps this is why you have no pants!

  • Teehee

    Sim City, huh? I guess whoever was playing decided to play around with the “Hurricane Disaster” feature. Better than the “Monster.” (What, too soon?)

  • jack stilp

    Jeez, yeah, thanks. I just needed a loud blast of music to come through my speakers unexpectedly .

  • UmmNope

    It is projected onto a 3D space.

  • Jordan

    And not one single person with speakers got away with looking at this at work…

  • Spongebob Nopants

    Ah. That explains it. Thanks!

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  • Holibul

    WOW just amazing :O great job (y)