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Fine British Stereoscopes and their makers

Fine British Stereoscopes and their makers

Not long after the Brew­ster view­er first appeared and the inter­est in stere­oscopy grew the mar­ket for view­ers grew like­wise and many designs of stere­o­scopes appeared includ­ing some very fine British view­ers. Read about box slid­ing view­ers, book view­ers, view­ers with cab­i­nets and many more.

Nostalgia, Semiotics & Weird Stuff: A Guide to Collecting View-Master

Nostalgia, Semiotics & Weird Stuff: A Guide to Collecting View-Master

It’s prob­a­bly safe to assume that most peo­ple were intro­duced to 3D images via View-Mas­ter. Intro­duced at the 1939 New York World’s Fair, the hand­held 3D view­er was a very pop­u­lar for­mat that sold lit­er­al­ly bil­lions of prod­ucts from the 1940s right on through the 2000s. Here you’ll find a brief his­to­ry of View-Mas­ter, some images from my col­lec­tion and key con­tent cat­e­gories that may be of inter­est to those look­ing to start or grow their collections. 

Historical Stereo Extractions

Historical Stereo Extractions

The scenes from his­toric doc­u­men­taries pre­sent­ed here were up until now only view­able in 2D, but thanks to the hor­i­zon­tal move­ment of the cam­era and/or the object with­in the video, I was able to ‘extract’ stereo pairs by com­bin­ing select­ed stills with­out the use of (arti­fi­cial) manip­u­la­tion. As a result, I was able to cre­ate 3D images from 2D video, in some cas­es almost a cen­tu­ry “after the fact”.

3D Slices & Shapes

3D Slices & Shapes

The stereo of the tree with mul­ti­col­ored foliage below was my orig­i­nal inspi­ra­tion for this series: it has so many patch­es of var­i­ous col­ors that when you mir­ror cer­tain slices, dif­fer­ent col­ors abut one anoth­er, and it winds up look­ing like a pas­tiche of many trees rather than just one.

VSC Meeting, June 2021

VSC Meeting, June 2021

We have some fun and infor­ma­tive pre­sen­ta­tions in store for you! Come hang with your fel­low 3D enthu­si­asts for a lit­tle while and enjoy some won­der­ful iPhone stereo pho­tog­ra­phy, 3D slic­ing and View-Mas­ter nos­tal­gia. Join us on Sun­day, June 6th 2021 at 2:00 pm EDT / 18:00 GMT / 8:00 pm CEST

Deep Clouds

Deep Clouds

The fol­low­ing col­lec­tion is a small sam­ple of my favorite cloud stereo pho­tos from the last few years while fly­ing over Europe and the South­west­ern por­tion of the Unit­ed States.

The Brewster Stereoscope – its improvements and variations

The Brewster Stereoscope – its improvements and variations

The Brew­ster stere­o­scope was with­out doubt the sin­gu­lar most pop­u­lar design of stere­o­scope from 1851 until the 1930’s when new for­mats took over and dur­ing this time its basic design changed very lit­tle. Though, there soon was a broad vari­ety of improve­ments and elab­o­rate decorations.

May 2nd meeting recordings posted

May 2nd meeting recordings posted

Check out the fab­u­lous­ly crys­tal-clear ver­sion of Diego’s infor­ma­tive stereo pho­tog­ra­phy pre­sen­ta­tion of our last meet­ing! There were band­width issues dur­ing his pre­sen­ta­tion but now you can see all his 3D imagery clear­ly. And if you missed Dominik’s pin­hole stereo cam­era pro­duc­tion tuto­r­i­al or Pascal’s Tax­iphote talk, please check out those, too — great stuff!

How To Free View Stereoscopic Pairs

How To Free View Stereoscopic Pairs

The tech­nique how to free view varies a bit from per­son to per­son, and it is sim­ply dif­fi­cult to explain in words. Last but not least, free view­ing has some advan­tages, but is not nec­es­sary if you have a view­er. But with a lit­tle prac­tice you will expe­ri­ence a whole new dimen­sion of photography!

The Spirit of Nature

The Spirit of Nature

Carleen’s pho­tog­ra­phy reflects her ongo­ing pas­sion for nature, and the solid­i­ty and reas­sur­ance nature brings. See six of her most calm­ing and peace­ful stereo pho­tos here.