Archive for December, 2010


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It’s Christmas time again!

Get your hammers out, fill up your bathtub, and hit the streets!

Giant fish tanks are sitting in every neighborhood all over the Czech Republic, waiting for you to pick your slimy carp, dead or alive. If you have small children, you can bring them with you to watch the hammering, chopping, and scraping. Or, you can fill up your bathtub, bring your carp home, and let your kids give him a name in order to more ruthlessly teach them about the violent tendencies of nature (I mean hey, this is all natural, right?)

It’s a snowy time now in 2010, so the streets will have that extra horror movie-quality – blood splattered on the frosty sidewalks – who could ask for a more animalistic way to celebrate the coming of baby jesus?

Click on any of these images to open the high-resolution full-screen panoramas. Sorry about the stitching errors – we had to get these online in a hurry to spread our Czech holiday cheer all over the world in time for christmas! :-)


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Here is a corner view at the top of Center Point, you can see a large section of London from here. These panoramas were taken during the time Jeffrey Martin was taking the amazing 80 gigapixel panorama of London, and you can see him shooting away in the distance.


Corner of Center Point – Jeffrey Martin’s London 80 Gigapixel Panorama in London

Jeffrey Martin: I’d like to thank Tom Mills, photographer and friend, based in Camden Town, London, who assisted me on this three-day shoot. He was a big help in keeping things organized, and keeping me from starving to death while perched on top of Centre Point!

Corner of Center Point by Tom Mills

Jeffrey Martin On Center Point During 80 Gigapixel by Tom Mills

Jeffrey Martin and Tom Mills watching sunset at Center Point by Tom Mills

See the biggest panorama of London here.

We’ve found the winner of the second London gigapixel treasure hunt. He is from Greece and his name is John Lagonikas. Congratulations, John! John wins a top-of-the-line 27″ LCD monitor from Fujitsu!

John Lagonikas

John Lagonikas

John comments on the treasure hunt: I always had a thing for panoramic pictures. I still remember trying to learn the secrets of panoramas with my first digital camera back in 2001, and I always stop and look at interesting panoramas I stumble upon on the Internet. I was quite intrigued when my cousin Yiannis posted a link to the London gigapixel panorama on facebook, and I was absolutely amazed by its detail and quality. Being a frequent visitor of London I immediately started looking around for my favourite places, before I saw the treasure hunt tab and read about it. It seemed like a nice challenge and I took it up immediately and I have to say that I enjoyed playing it more than winning it. A many great thanks to Jeff for the amazing panorama and 360 Cities for the treasure hunt idea. Keep up the good work!

John wins an awesome LCD 27″ panel from Fujitsu (read more about the prize in the treasure hunt blog post). The prize will be mailed to him by Fujitsu.

Fujitsu 27" LCD Panel
Click the monitor to visit the Fujitsu website

John wins by being the first to answer all 12 clues correctly. Here are the correct clues:

1. Sunflower

(there were many sunflowers in the London gigapixel, here’s one of them)

2. Sandwiches in park

(that was easy, wasn’t it?)

3. Broken bicycles

4. Three men in suits, three chairs on sidewalk and a “haircut”

(this one was really descriptive, we just wanted to make sure you knew that you found it)

5. G-A-Y banner

(some people thought this was the answer to one of the clues in the first hunt for some reason…)

6. Ten minutes late for tea

(that’s ten minutes after the 5pm tea time)

7. The letters “C” and “O” on an iron globe

(there’s not much to explain here)

8. Two parked Royal Mail vans facing each other

(this was also very easy, wasn’t it?)

9. Westminster Cathedral tower

10. Minitrue

(Ok, this one was a bit tricky. If you Google ‘Minitrue’, the first hit is a Wikipedia article about Ministry of Truth from George Orwell’s novel 1984. Minitrue is a Newspeak term for the Ministry of Truth. The model for Ministry of Truth in his novel was the Senate House in London, where Orwell worked at the Ministry of Information during WWII.)

11. Whoopi Goldberg

(this is her, on a bus)

12. “River horse” followed by John Leahy’s novel

(River horse is another term for Hippo. John Leahy the writer wrote a novel Drome. Together, it’s Hippodrome in London)

For those who missed it, here is the London 80 Gigapixel world record panorama in its full glory. Again: you can still win something in the first gigapixel treasure hunt – we have 10 nice Crumpler bags to give away and we still haven’t got 10 winners with all ten correct answers, so enter and give the first treasure hunt a try!

We’ve found the winner of the second London gigapixel treasure hunt. We will reveal who it is once we get all the necessary info about the winner (hopefully on Monday). In the meantime, here’s how some of the correct answers should have looked.

Just a reminder: You can still win something in the FIRST gigapixel treasure hunt – it’s not over yet because there are 10 nice Crumpler bags to win and we still haven’t received 10 submissions with all ten correct answers, so give the first treasure hunt a try!

Back to treasure hunt #2: this was all about finding 12 clues in the London gigapixel panorama. The winner, who we will reveal soon, answered all 12 clues correctly. Here are first four of them:

1. Sunflower

(there were many sunflowers in the London gigapixel, here’s one of them)

2. Sandwiches in park

(that was easy, wasn’t it?)

3. Broken bicycles

4. Three men in suits, three chairs on sidewalk and a “haircut”

(this one was really descriptive, we just wanted to make sure you knew that you found it)

We will reveal the rest of the clues when we announce the winner on Monday.

The winner wins an awesome LCD 27″ panel from Fujitsu (read more about the prize in the treasure hunt blog post).

Fujitsu 27" LCD Panel
Click the monitor to visit the Fujitsu website

For those who missed it, here is the London 80 Gigapixel world record panorama in its full glory. Again: you can still win something in the first gigapixel treasure hunt – we have 10 nice Crumpler bags to give away and we still haven’t got 10 winners with all ten correct answers, so enter and give the first treasure hunt a try!