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Issue 10 · Fall Meeting November 2, 2003

Don & Madolyn Tait hosted our fall gathering in Welland in a common room at the office's of a local insurance company. Displays surrounded the room by various members who showed off some of their items of interest.

Things got underway with a slideshow. Sam Schlifer shared views of a scenic waterfall near Huntsville and another great view of a tree growing out of a stump. Don & Madolyn presented "The Basics of 3D photography" It included views of dollhouses and some lovely images from various trips around the world including Yosemite, Utah, Arizona and Ireland. Their second show "The American Southwest" contained images of Arches National Monument, a mining ghost town that was abandoned in the 1870's, the Grand Tetons in Jackson, Wyoming, a organ pipe cactus, hoodoos and macro closeups of cactus blooms.

At Show & Tell, Stan White declared that he was experimenting with infrared film as well as working with older medium format cameras. He pointed out that Kodak's infrared film was not sharp enough for 3D imaging and recommended Macco infrared film instead. For digital infrared he says that most cameras can shoot it. If you can see the red dot that emits from a remote control when it is activated towards your digital camera then it can shoot infrared. He uses a Kodak 4800 3.1 MP with a filter. He also suggests using a camera that records raw files or TIFFS as opposed to JPEGS. He then passed around his second book of poetry which included images of his infrared digital stills.

Simon Bell visited his son in September who works at the Lake Agnus Tea House which is located on a 2 hour hike above Lake Louise, Alberta. He passed some views around the room. Simon also recently moved to to Oakville and he took a photo of a house fire that made the front page of the Oakville Beaver Newspaper. The Fire Department and the person who's house burned down also wanted a copy of the photo which sent laughter around the room.

Matt Neima showed off his Carousel Realist Multi image viewer. He said that it was made by Patent Pending which got him some cheap laughs but when he announced that he bought it for $75 at a camera show the laughter turned to moans of envy.

Bob Wilson showed some old stereoviews. One was of a 1890 firefighting crew. The second was a promotional view by Underwood of a man with a stereoviewer standing in front of a bookshelf full of boxset stereoviews. The third view was by the Kilburn Company which took northern Ontario views of lakes and wilderness in the Sault Ste. Marie region before selling all their negatives to the Keystone Company.

Jani Hamalainan showed an anaglyph print of a phantogram that he created. This seemed to be quite topical at this particular meeting as Peter Sinclair would explain the process later in the meeting.

Jamie Waese showed off his Loreo 3D Lens in a Cap beamsplitter camera attachment that he has mounted to a Nikon 6 megapixel digital camera. He feels it is the most convenient way to do point and shoot 3D but he wished the image could be wider. He also found that he wasn't getting enough light indoors for maximum depth of field.

Mike Yatsula brought his Altiscop 120 mm medium format camera which was made from 1937 to 1942.

Felix Russo brought some sample pages from the upcoming stereo issue of Photo ED magazine. It is available at Chapters and the 3D issue will be ready by end of November. Simon has a double page photo printed from a 56 MB file and an article on why he shoots 3D. Stan has an article titled "3D-101, How to get started".

Bill Kantymir showed some opera glasses that also double as a single or stereo image camara. It was built in 1899 in Berlin. He says that you have to be really patient to use the glasses for photography as it takes a fair bit of tinkering and time to set it up. He has been unable to find the plate holder which would hold the precoated dry plate film. He also brought a "what is it" object which he thought was for aerial photography.

Matt Tatham mentioned that he is now doing "cha cha" method stereo aerial views with kites. John LaRocque is making anaglyphs with the Pokescope software from his Realist views. He also said that he received a message from Dr. T in Ohio about the May 1st/2nd NSA Midwest mini conference.

Dave sports the latest in 3D goggles

David Delouchery started off his show and tell wearing a pair of Inuit snow goggles that he brought back from a trip to Baffin Island. He then showed off some Holmes style viewers that he's selling to Civil War Reenactors. He made one viewer as an exact duplicate prior to finding the manufacturer of the model that he copied. He also passed around some of his recent stereocards and explained the process he uses to manufacture them.

Jodi Paich Kohlstrom brought stereoviews of the Johnson-Shaw Stereoscopic Museum in Meadville, Pa which were photographed by various visitors. She is the Executive Director of the museum which houses the remains of the Keystone Stereoview Collection. After 30 years of storage, 3 tractor-trailer loads of the company's views, negatives and equipment were donated to the museum. You can visit their site at www.johnsonshawmuseum.org for more information. They still sell original mint views on Ebay and they even have original wrinkle finish metal hood viewers for sale. She concluded by inviting us to a magic slide show in December.
John Long is continuing to excite people about medium format. He saw David Lee's work at Riverside, California and then spent six hours at his house this summer and brought back a large wall print stereoview of David's (which needs to be viewed with a wide image viewer) and is now looking to do his own images.
Steve Horan was to open his 3D photo booth at the CNE on August 15th but due to the blackout things didn't get started till August 18th. He thanked Peter Sinclair and Jani Hamalainan for their help in setting up. He discovered that it takes a crowd to get a crowd interested in your product and even though his images were successful in their WOW factor it was tough to open their pocket books. He pitched the idea of photographing the Rue Morgue horror magazine staff halloween party and the results were very SCARY! Steve also reminded us of something that we sometimes forget "3D is supposed to be fun!" The immediate effect of his full page anaglyphs worked with the crowds and his card viewers did not. Finally he announced that he has made a full time commitment to this business venture.

Peter Sinclair brought a phantogram by Terry Wilson to show. When placed on a table and viewed at a 45° angle and at a distance of about 5 feet, the perspective just pops off the page. He explained how to make them which prompted Stan to ask if they were possible to do prior to the availability of the popular image editing program, Photoshop.

Well that's it for this issue. The next NSA convention is July 7-12, 2004 in Portland, Oregon. Go to www.nsa2004.com for more info. Stan said that he will be busy in 2007 when NSA and ISU will hold a joint conference.

So long and happy viewing.

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