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Issue 5 · Spring Meeting May 27, 2001

Welcome back to Stereo Ontario. This is the first issue since our meeting in the fall of 1999. Yours truly has missed two meetings and therefore I have been unable to publish an accurate account of the events from the April 2000 meeting at Simon Bell's place were he displayed some of his latest StereoJet Images and the October 2000 meeting at Steve Horan's place were he projected viewmaster views. Later in this issue there will be a list of all of the locations and topics of each meeting held since our group first gathered together.

So lets take a look at what happened at our most recent meeting. I'm sure most of us had our mouths open as we walked into Bob Wilson's house on May 27,2001. Bob had just some of the cameras and equipment on display that he had recently acquired from the collection of Herb Weber of Ottawa, Ontario. Herb had passed away in1999. Bill Weber, his brother, had contacted Stan White concerning information an obituary for Herb. He as well donated Herb's extensive collection of periodicals, reference books, magazines, papers etc. to the Canadian Stereo Library which is curated by Stan White. This collection contains materials either exhaustive on the subject or containing even the vaguest reference to stereoscopic imaging. It as well has publications on the history of photography, film and animation, optical illusions and the history of the camera. Bob Wilson drove down to eastern Ontario to pick up the collection and barely got the 40 boxes & 2 filing cabinets full articles into his previously empty mini-van. Stan says that the collection is now 61 boxes and 4 filing cabinets in size. With more than 500 books alone It is most likely the largest collection of it's kind in the world. It is looking for a new home as well. First housed at Sheridan College in 1991 The Canadian Stereoscopic Collection moved into storage last year after the college was no longer able to provide a proper facility to house it. Stan says that about 12 filing cabinets will be required to store the collection. Anyone with ideas as to a possible facility should contact Stan White at stanon@sympatico.ca There should be reasonable access for all members to enjoy and use these materials and hopefully it can be located in the Toronto area. So far Stan has looked at the University of Waterloo's School of Optometry and the Toronto Reference Library. So far the major setback is the lack of available space. Let's all work together to see that this valuable collection finds a good home. It's a priceless resource for us all.

In Memory

The topics discussed at our meeting caused us to reflect on some past acquaintances who have passed on. Not only the recent passing of Herb Weber, but Martin Gold who had created a tourist video on Niagara Falls using the Pulfrich method was mentioned . Also Martin Bass from Stratford who was the founder of our Ontario club. Noel Archambault who was a cinematographer who created many 3D films for Imax. Another past member of our club not mentioned but remembered was Brahm Elvey who passed away in 1997. All this reflection caused a running joke that people involved in 3D have a short life expectancy.

To get show and tell started Bob passed around a pair of red plastic glasses asking what people thought that it might be. The answer was a Pulfrich viewer. It allowed a clear forward view for the right eye and a delayed reflected view for the left eye. Unlike more familiar cardboard glasses with one dark gelled lens this viewer was rather substantial and sturdy.

Mike Yatsula had little to say this time out except that his interests include a little bit of everything ... the old stuff and the new technology as well.

Steve Horan's love is viewmasters but a little bit of everything as well because it's a visual excitement to see things in 3D. He also felt that it was a good day getting together with other people who enjoy 3D as well. He showed us some special views made by Lieutenant Colonel George Benjamin U.S. Army "as seen through the stereo lenses of an American." Produced by the Nippon Stereo Photo company. There was a set on Japan and Hong Kong.

Steven Kwinter introduced himself as a Mercenary among us. His company "Deep Focus Art" has acquired the North American rights to the image tech process and they will soon offer 3D Lenticulars processing from 3 lens cameras and are researching the ability to process 4 lens images into lenticulars as well. You currently need to send your 3-4 lens images to 3DX in the states. It takes 2 months for processing which in his opinion with poor results. Steven says that there are about 140,000 3 lens cameras in world Market and 10,000 in North America. The price will work out to about $1.50 for a 3.5"x4.5" picture which is comparable to 3DX which is $1.69/picture. They have 4 printers and should be able to process 10,000 rolls per month. Although they will not dramatically change the results of these prints they do plan on greatly increasing the quality and reliability of service. Reprints and blow ups will be available as well. The company will be accessible at www.clik3d.com and the lab and website should be up and running by July. You can go to his current web site at www.imagine3d.com. Sam asked what if you don't have a CONFUSER. Steven said that he could sell Sam a COMPUTER as well. Joking aside he said that he plans to open a retail location that would be able to do very high quality 5 lens portraitures.

Peter Sinclair introduced himself as a associate of Steven's but is a real 3D enthusiast which means that he won't live as long as Steven. He saved his show and tell till the end of the meeting. His main interest is in StereoJet and Lenticular imaging as well as being a minor collector of other 3D items.

Bruce Hodgson says that he has been involved in stereo since he was a kid. He remembers his grandfather taking stereo photos and mounting them on the back of old views of India. he says that he bought a Kodak Stereo camera in 1954 which he still uses today and has taken over 4000 slides of every topic imaginable. He brought his special 3D issue of the April 21,2001 Toronto Star newspaper which he had clipped and pasted into a condensed scrapbook. The issue received a variety of favorable and negative comments from our members. Bruce had the members sign the back page and asked Simon Bell to sign the page that his photo's were featured on. Bruce then handed some cards around the room of drawings that he had reproduced as well as created himself of geometric images produced on a CAD computer when he had worked at Ontario Hydro. He as well mentioned that he may get up the nerve to sell his Toshiba 3D Camcorder and asked what we thought might be an acceptable price. Prices on ebay.com range from $2000-$5000. Mike Yatsula pointed out that there is a new lens available for the Canon XL-1 video camera that is priced at $8500 U.S. He also mentioned that there is a new piece of software that will buffer 3D video at twice the rate for flicker-free images when you watch them with LCD 3D glasses on a computer screen.

Simon Bell says that he did a lecture early last fall at the Toronto Camera Club and displayed his StereoJet images. He was approached by someone if Moses Znaimer the owner of City TV/Muchmusic had ever seen his work. It seems that he is a 3D enthusiast and he bought 5 of Simon's prints as well as allowed him to take his portrait in 3D. Moses also helped find him a new publisher for his 3D Photo books since the publisher of his previous children's books has closed it's doors. Simon as well got a call from a publisher who is looking to produce a book on the old cars of Cuba and will consider publishing it in 3D providing that the extra cost is reasonable. He was then introduced to a writer for the Star who did a feature article on him and his StereoJet 3D images. Moses Znaimer also offered Simon the opportunity to display his StereoJets in the lobby at IdeaCity a symposium for thinkers of various fields to exchange ideas. You can find more information about this at ideacityonline.com. Simon then wrapped up his talk by showing us the concept artwork behind a presentation board that he had created for the Toronto Olympic Bid. It included 26 pictures of Toronto and it's people on a 4'x5' display. The images were treated to a new translucent mylar backing with catches available light and doesn't require a perfect viewing angle to see the 3D effect. It was first used at a major sporting event in Switzerland where the Olympic Bid Committee announced the report cards for the proposed cities. The display is also going to be shown at IdeaCity but the attendance fee is $3000 dollars so I don't think any of us will see it there. Lucy asked Simon who supplied the polarized glasses for the display and he said that they approached American Paper Optical but chose Rainbow Symphony which is the same company that supplied the glasses for the Toronto Star 3D issue. Simon said that this was the first "REALLY BIG" 3D assignment that he has been paid for which garnered him a round of applause for his success.

Josh Kaell said that he picked up a 3dDiscover viewer at the Historical Society's flea market which contained a specially made series of images for the Oldsmobile Alero. The images were photographed around Toronto and the CNE grounds. Josh then showed us a viewmaster reel from Disney's Toy Story 2 with misaligned images. He was astounded to discover how bad the standards are.

Don Marren says that he has a Kodak Stereo camera which he doesn't use that often but he does collect 3D movie posters from the 50's. Although he writes for StereoWorld he no covers the Imax releases but instead writes about the 3D ride films at theme parks. He mentioned that there is one that just opened at Busch Gardens in Florida.

Stan White had little to say for show and tell other than to say that he is thinking of returning to smaller lighter cameras for his photography again.

This was Lucie Gadoury's first time at our club. She has been shooting 3D for 14 years now and was bitten by the bug when a friend of hers projected some 3D images at his home for her. Since then her single lens camera has sat and she bought a Realist, Viewmaster and Sputnik and scans her 35mm views into her computer to create anaglyphs. She said that Stan taught her how to shoot with a single lens years ago at Sheridan College. She shared some anaglyphs that she shot in Japan and proposed an installation to the Japan Foundation which has a gallery at the Colennade on Bloor Street. She has been inspired to go Billboard size after she saw a Anaglyph billboard poster in Kensington market of King Kong and Fay Wray. She also brought some of her Stereo Christmas cards which he sells for $4. Part of the proceeds go to the Noel Archambault Scholarship Fund. Peter Sinclair said that Ron Labbe from Boston knows a lot about anaglyph printing and could answer some of the questions she had about printing issues.

Sam Schlifer says that he takes 3D photos when he can and has been doing so for nine years. He brought a hyper focal chart for 35mm lensed Realist cameras which he handed out to the group.


Yours truly David Delouchery (formerly David Cusimano) shared a miniature keychain version of Viewmasters newest style viewer. I also sported by new IMAX 3D t-shirt which I got at the Race for Atlantis 3D ridefilm at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.

We then discussed our NSA Convention plans.

As promised earlier, Peter presented a variety of images produced in StereoJet. Some were of Simon's work which included his portraits of Moses Znaimer, other images were of Stan White's but most were 3D conversions of Classical paintings. He says that he has most of the separation work done by a man in South America and it takes about 15 hours to complete each image. He said that there will be an auction of his images at the NSA convention. You can buy any of his images or you can provide images yourself in either film or digital form to have printed in this process.

As you can see we were quite captivated by the presentation.

Here now is an account of our meetings in Ontario since 1990

 Date  Host  Location Main Topic
 Nov. 4  1990  Bob Wilson  Toronto  Stereo Collection
 April 7  1991  Bruce Hodgson  Toronto Stereo Collection
 Fall  1991  Martin & Gail Bass  London Stereo Collection 
 May 3  1992  Stan White  St. George Stereo Collection
 Nov. 1  1992  Bob Dyne  Stoney Creek Stereo Collection
 Spring  1993  Bruce Hodgson  Toronto Cancelled  
 Oct. 31  1993  U of Waterloo  Earth Sciences Museum Mining Stereo & Stereo in Eye Care 
 April 10  1994  Bruce Hodgson  Toronto Toshiba 3D TV, Clear Vision 
 Nov. 20  1994  Martin & Gail Bass  London Tim McIntyre Collection 
 April 2  1995  Simon Bell  Toronto Stereo in Multimedia studio
 Nov. 26  1995  McLaughlin Library  Guelph Clarke Leverette Stereocard collection
 May 26  1996  Sheridan College  Oakville 3D reference collection
 Nov. 17  1996  Bob Wilson  Toronto Canadian Stereoviews
 May 4  1997  Bruce Hodgson  Toronto 40yrs. of 3D, Simon Bell's 3D children's books
 May 24  1998  Stan White  St. George PSA 34th Stereo Ex. Stan's Stereocards
 Oct. 18  1998  Mike Yatsula  Belleville Stereo Collection
 June 13  1999  Bob Wilson  Toronto General
 Nov. 21  1999  Les Jones  Toronto Stereo Collection
 April 30  2000  Simon Bell  Toronto StereoJet Images
 Oct. 29  2000  Steve Horan  Toronto Viewmaster Projection
 May 27  2001  Bob Wilson  Toronto Stereo Collection
 Nov. 2  2001  David Delouchery  Kitchener 3D Video

Thanks to Bruce Hodgson & Robert Wilson for compiling this list.

So as you can see our next meeting will be at my place in Kitchener. Actual location and date to be announced in the future. For those of you who are going have fun at NSA in Rochester and we will see you in the fall.

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