Review of The Magic of 3D

Felix Russo by Lansdale

Felix Russo by Lansdale

Toronto. Member Felix Russo presented his talk on 3D photography to a delighted audience at the monthly PHSC meeting in Toronto. Felix drew upon a number of his PhotoEd magazine specials on 3D plus some old traditional images collected by members. All example images are converted to anaglyph-style stereos making it easy to view them in colour and monochrome using easily available glasses with cellophane lenses of red (left) and blue (right).

Felix showed many inexpensive ways to create digital stereo such as split prisms or mirrors, sliding beams for single cameras, or even the cha-cha technique of taking two shots, one with weight on the right foot and a second with weight on the left foot. The technique is demonstrated here by Robert Lansdale using a Nikon DSLR. An interesting website is that of Julian Beever. Beever uses 3D concepts to fool the eye into seeing his sidewalk chalk drawings as 3D images. Take a look! 

The talk on 3D is very timely as modern day 3D printers take hold, allowing creation of all kinds of 3D items. Toronto Photographer Ed Burtynsky, famous for ultra large images a few years ago, gave a key note talk at the be3dimensional conference here in Toronto this weekend. His talk was the subject of a Globe and Mail column today.

Felix covered the concepts of stereo such as ways to imply stereo in 2D images, windows and frames, as well as the subject placement to best illustrate stereo. Felix showed that a key to stereo is a common human eye spacing and our brain’s ability to correctly merge left and right eye images. Sample pictures were taken from his magazine as well as traditional stereo cards.

Click on each of the following links to see sample images as anaglyphs viewable with traditional red/blue glasses: cover,  PhotoEd, 3D issues; Chocolate Apples anyone?; Perspective composition; Peerless Auto; Toronto Dogs in Winter; Feet First;Daisy Girl;Life in far north;Old Montreal;and finally, the restaurant in the famous Windsor Hotel, Montreal.

A complete review will appear in the next newsletter.


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