Andrew Bodrov, from Estonia, is a member of the International Virtual Reality Photography Association (IVRPA), and has been professionally engaged in panoramic photography for over 13 years. He has shot panoramas for the 3D Tallinn Project (Estonia), Tallinn Song Festival (Estonia), Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow (Russia), Baikonur Cosmodrome (Russia) as well as hundreds of other panoramas from around the world.
Curiosity took the photos for this panorama shortly after arriving at the lee face of Namib dune, on sol 1197 (December 19, 2015). For the first time since landing on Mars, the panorama taken by the rover's left Mastcam includes the entire deck of the rover, permitting a rover self-portrait. Since Mastcam is on the mast, the self-portrait does not include the rover mast, but, unlike previous self-portraits taken with the MAHLI camera, it does contain the arm. The deck was included to look for sand grains that may have been carried onto the deck of the rover from the sand dune. For a 360-degree virtual reality version of this panorama, visit Andrew Bodrov's 360cities page.