Issue 7 · Spring
Meeting May 23, 2002
to another edition of Stereo Ontario. The Spring 2002 meeting was held
at Mike Yatsula's place in Belleville, Ontario. In attendance were: Simon
Bell, David Delouchery, Jani Hamalainen, Bruce Hodgson, Steve Horan,
Les Jones, Josh Kaell, Sam Schlifer, Peter Sinclair, Pina Vinci, Bob
Wilson and Mike Yatsula.
things off with the grand opening of Mike's "3D room" located on his
second floor. 3D movie posters adorned the walls and various cameras
and viewers were on display behind glass cases. His library of books,
magazines and comics also filled the shelves and were available for
browsing. In the next room he had a demonstration of a 3D interlaced
computer image running on his computer. We then moved downstairs to get
the formal meeting underway.
started the "show-and-tell" with a 2 mirrored contraption on a wooden
stand made in Covington, Kentucky. He believes it was used to merge two
projected images onto a screen. The mirrors can be tilted and converged
to orient the images. Sam thought it was a shaving mirror for a
some "kineviews" which are lenticular stereoviews which include motion.
has a lenticular printing machine in Toronto which can accept Nimslo or
other 3 lens images. He is also able to print your favorite 2 image
4"x5" 3D picture into a lenticular for $29 Canadian. ( Peter recently
said in October that the price will be higher due to the fact that he
has to outsource the images for negative printing) He handed out some
examples of various 2 image conversions to each member. Multiple copies
of the same image is $3 ea.
Bell says that
he was in Cuba in March photographing old cars for a 3D book but the
publisher did not want to cover the expense of including glasses with
the publication. They said that every dollar of cost to publishing the
book would be a $8 increase in the final price. Simon suggested
including side by side views at the back for those who could freeview
but it remained undecided due to the fact that the publisher was
currently up for sale. The book was even being advertised for sale at
amazon.com even though it hadn't even been printed yet. You can view
some of his images at www.simonbellphotography.com there are about 24
anaglyph images there. Simon also says that some of his previous 3D
children's books are available at www.amazon.com
Horan has been
experimenting with digital 3D photos. He has picked the brains of many
of our members for info on syncing two digital cameras. Mike suggested
that he could sync them electronically with the use of schematics.
Steve says that he would like to be a "3D evangelist" spreading the
word to the unconverted by offering a quick on-the-spot 3D photo
opportunity for the public. He discussed the pros and cons of using a
splitter with the digital camera. As a group we discussed the
possibilities of presentation which included having people pose with
props eg. baseball bats etc. or insert their head into a 3D environment
already produced in 3D on a computer ready for printing. First and
foremost though he wants it organized and easy to produce on the spot
for the customer. He said that he would like to continue brainstorming
ideas over "a few beers".
a pile of different lenticulars produced by "Photogram Industries"
which included a bunch of examples from their various jobs which
included; Swiss Army Knife, Wonderbra and Disney's Tarzan. Some images
featured depth others were more focussed on motion effects like a dog
morphing into a cat and a boy falling towards the camera. They were
given to Dave by a friend who came out to his 3D openhouse after our
last club meeting. The next item he shared was a chroma depth Easter
egg colouring kit which includes a pair of glasses. The final item was
a recently published 3D Pin-up Photo book of 1950's models which is
introduced by former pinup girl, Bunny Yeagar. Published by St.
Martin's Press it includes a built-in plastic viewer and can be found
Jones started by
saying that "if this was a TV show I think we would be due for a
commercial break." He then
promoted his Bookstore and Cafe in Canden East which he says has 3D
cameras, views, books, magazines, viewmasters etc. for sale. He showed
one item for sale "The Stereoscopic Atlas of the Head & Neck"
produced by Keystone for Doctors and Dentists. He almost brought one on
skin diseases but thought it was too gross to show.
that a Japanese photographer he met at the Convention in Buffalo
matched 2 digital cameras.
Kaell gave us a
update of his unfixed RBT camera. He then mentioned that the 3D IMAX
film "Spacestation" is showing at the Collosus and it's wonderful.
Pina Vinci said
that she has been too busy teaching to pursue her 3D interests but
keeps her students interested by setting up special displays. She
recently took 3D photos of her students playing soccer but hasn't
developed them yet. Les said that he took 3D photos at the World Cup.
It was then mentioned that IMAX also shot 3D footage at the World Cup
but it has yet to be released.
that he hasn't been very active in his 3D interests as well. He bought
slide trays in Buffalo and they are still empty. He is thankful for the
meetings twice a year or he wouldn't be involved in 3D at all. He then
mentioned that he met Bob Wilson 20 years ago at a Photographic
Historical Society booth. Bob introduced him to "freeviewing" and
StereoWorld magazine. Then he met Martin Bass (our former club
organizer) and suggested that an Ontario group be formed and we have
been going ever since. Bruce also acknowledged Monica McIntyre who
passed away earlier this year and used to attend our meetings with her
husband Tim. Bruce invited everyone to his house in 2004 to celebrate
the 50th anniversary of when he bought his Kodak stereo camera which he
still uses to this day. A comment was heard from the crowd that they
have been seeing in "stereo" for 55 years
that he popped in to see an antique dealer that he knew who showed him
a box of camera parts etc. which turned out to be a box style 2D/3D
camera with bellows. The amazing find which he paid $350 for was
manufactured between 1900-1907 by the Century Camera Company which was
eventually bought by Kodak. The lens mount is interchangeable with a
either a pair of lenses for stereo or a single lens for mono
photography. To his delight the crowd gasped as he pulled the camera
out to show them.
meeting will be held November 3rd in London with our hosts Matt
Neima and J Mutch. Steve also offered to host a meeting but
looks like he will wait until Spring which gives him more time to
package his concept together. Simon mentioned in closing that he had
some of his slide projection system for sale which includes 3 Kodak
projectors and a dissolve unit.
adjourned for snacks and a walk down to the marina for some 3D photo
Mike for an excellent
See you in November.
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