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Best of 2006

(January 1st - December 31st, 2006)

Mark Lewis Boiling

The High Altar, St Peter's College

Andrew Bodrov

Preved Medved! - Bear Surprise!

Tallinn, Estonia

July 24, 2006 - 10:15 UTC (12:15 local time)

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© 2006 Andrei Bodrov, All Rights Reserved.

This panorama depicts a sculpture of an ancient native of Estonia. The bearskin draped over his back and the large knife at his side identifies him as a hunter. His wide, outstretched arms and smile are gestures of welcome to natives and tourists alike. After visiting this large sculpture, tourists visit the surrounding city of Tallinn and take in breathtaking views of the beautiful gulf landscapes. This sculpture is a beautiful moment in history captured for everyone to enjoy.

Why it's also Preved Medved? - Just for fun!

The word "Preved" in this VR panorama's title is a Russian internet slang for surprise, derived from Russian word 'Privet' (a misspelling of privet, Russian: Привет - "Hi!"). It was made infamous by a heavily circulated picture of a modified John Lurie watercolor, "Bear Surprise" that was shown at Roebling Hall Gallery, Chelsea in January 2006. Its popularity was stoked by emails and blogs, features a man and a woman having sex in the clearing of a forest, when suddenly a bear comes out, and with paws raised, says "Surprise!" in the original version, or "Preved!" in the Russian adaptation. More information at WiKi.

Taken with an Canon 300D digital SLR, Sigma Fisheye 8mm. Mounted on a Manfrotto 304SPH. Stitched with Panorama Tools. QTVR by Pano2QTVR.

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