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3d Stereo Images

Posted by: Duane McCullough on 03/27/2013 - 9:35 PM

I know that some people do not have the ability to cross their eyes and see these 3D stereo images, but for those who can, here are some of my images -- have fun!

BTW -- for those who have never tried to see "cross-eyed" stereo images, cross your eyes until you see three images, then focus on the middle image of the three while ignoring all other imagery.

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Does anybody else here at FAA have any 3D stereo images they would like to share?


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Posted by: Bob Galka on 03/27/2013 - 10:42 PM

The second one seem to have the most realistic appearance for me.


Posted by: Wendy J St Christopher on 03/27/2013 - 11:47 PM

I can't always see these, but that Fuchsia is blowing me away! Very defined 3D effect! :-)


Posted by: Duane McCullough on 03/28/2013 - 10:25 AM

Thank you Wendy for your comment -- I got the spelling of "Fushia" correct in this 3D stereo image, but misspelled it on the non-stereo version. You will always be a "Gold Star" in my book. Remember in early elementary school, the teacher would place a little metalic "Gold Star" on your school paper when you did good?

Bob -- those candy-like succulents were in our little garden on the back porch. When taking macro-stereo images with one camera, the camera should move only about an inch apart between images.


Posted by: Wendy J St Christopher on 03/28/2013 - 10:29 AM

Duane, I lived for those gold stars -- can you tell? :-)

Very happy to be of assistance!


Posted by: Brian Wallace on 03/28/2013 - 2:11 PM

Hi Duane,

I'm one of the few other 3D stereo enthusiasts on FAA. Here is the last crossview image I uploaded here...

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I have a crossview group but of course there's only about 5 members. You're welcome to join...


Posted by: Paul Cowan on 03/28/2013 - 2:18 PM

My eyes are in enough trouble already without getting even more strained ... but it's good to see people are still shooting these. I think the correct way to look at them is with a viewer that puts one in front of each eye.
3D has always had its devotees, especially in the last century. Lartigue (he of the iconic 1912 racing car photo) was a particular devotee and used a twin-lens camera for that shot, though I don't know if it was actually shot in stereo.


Posted by: Brian Wallace on 03/28/2013 - 2:45 PM

To be honest Paul, the strain is only in the beginning. Once you have done it for a while, it becomes very easy and even 2nd nature. I'm so used to it now that I forget sometimes and converge my eyes when viewing a 2D image just out of habit. That doesn't mean I would watch a movie that way. I don't recommend prolonged freeviewing.

For those that don't like the crossview format, there are others where you don't have to cross your eyes. Each format however carries their own set of advantages and disadvantages.

If you have Red/Cyan filtered 3D glasses for instance, you could view this same image in an anaglyph format...

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Posted by: Duane McCullough on 03/28/2013 - 2:56 PM

That's a great one Brian -- I'll look at your group. I didn't realize that you can warp the image and still have the stereo effect.

I've been taking stereo images for decades and once used an old Viewmaster to see my 3D color slides taped together -- I took it apart and created a side entery system to view them.

I once found online a simple set of glasses with little blinders that blocked out the two outside images of the three images and the viewer doesn't even realize they are even crossing their eyes. I will look it up again and see if I can find a link to that website that sells them.

Anyway -- Thanks Brian!

Thank you Paul for the info. There is a technique of training the eyes to strait viewing the images -- providing the images are in the right order, but I find it harder than cross viewing because it is difficult to ignore the rest of "reality" that conflicts with the 3D illusion.

Of course you are right, having a stereo viewer with closeup lenses that holds the stereo pair of images near the eyes are the best way to see 3D stereo images, but training the eyes to cross just enough and learning how to ignore the "outside world" also works -- and is easier.


Posted by: Duane McCullough on 03/28/2013 - 3:51 PM

Hi Brian -- I saw your 3D Stereo Cross-eye Group link and will spend more time there soon. There are some great 3D images there -- particularily the Skipjack sailboat image.

It's amazing how a whole new world of 3D images can open the mind for those who can learn the simple technique of cross-eye viewing.

BTW -- those special glasses for viewing cross-eye images can be found at this link:

However, they are apparently "out of stock" at that website. They seem simple enough to make a pair of them.


Posted by: Ricardo De Almeida on 03/28/2013 - 9:36 PM

I can't see the 3D effect...



Posted by: Duane McCullough on 03/28/2013 - 11:08 PM

Don't worry Ricardo -- my wife also can't cross her eyes properly and see the 3D effect. There are many people who can't -- or have not learned the technique of gently crossing their eyes so that the two images become one image with the illusion of depth inside the view.

Perhaps the real trick in cross-eye viewing is understanding the ability of ignoring all other imagery your eyes see except for the 3D image before you. Your eyes and brain may hurt a little at first because when you cross your eyes, your brain is telling you that your viewing is not normal, but with practice you can train your eyes and brain to only see and focus on the 3D image.

When you learn the cross-eye viewing technique properly, there is no pain in the eyes or brain -- and a remarkable opportunity to experience a 3D image will appear every time a cross-eye image is made available.


Posted by: Brian Wallace on 03/29/2013 - 12:48 AM

Ricardo - This is one of many guides found on the internet from the 3D stereo community. Assuming you see out of both eyes... it may help you to "freeview", (the term given to viewing this side-by-side 3D stereo image format). Even with the tutorial, there's no guarantee you will succeed. It's definitely worth a try however. If you've ever seen those "magic-eye pictures", the method of viewing is very much the same.

If you have not yet been successful "freeviewing" this 3D stereo format using this method, here is a video tutorial that may help...

There's a saying... "The world is not in 2D, so why should your pictures be."


Posted by: Brian Wallace on 03/30/2013 - 11:59 AM

Duane - I hope you don't mind if I put another crossview on your thread. It's my way of "bumping" the thread. Maybe some other people will find it interesting...

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Posted by: Duane McCullough on 03/31/2013 - 11:11 AM

Well Brian -- it looks like only a few here at FAA have learned the skill of cross-eye 3D viewing.

When I see your 3D image of the Anna McGarvey Skipjack and its bowsprit pointing at me, I can't help but feel that I'm standing there in front of the boat -- great 3D image!

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Posted by: Brian Wallace on 03/31/2013 - 11:16 AM

Thanks Duane. Here's a similar TTW (Through The Window) effect with a VFW tank (also from the Eastern Shore of MD, not far from the Anna McGarvey).

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Posted by: Duane McCullough on 04/16/2013 - 10:34 PM

Here are some new 3d stereo images of River Rocks I took this week.

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