Issue 13 · Fall Meeting December 11, 2005

Our Fall meeting for 2005 was held at a meeting room at The Soccer Centre on Martingrove in Toronto.  The room was arranged by Les Jones and the meeting was unofficially hosted by Bob Wilson. It was decided that the room could be a suitable location to hold future meetings, especially for those who are not able to host a meeting in their home.  Are there any volunteers? Now’s your chance to create your own agenda for a meeting.  Both Bob and Les will need to be consulted in order to arrange the location details.   

We kicked off the meeting with a slide presentation, in STEREO of course. 
John Long says that doing  medium format stereo is a pain in the ...butt.  He had about 20 views mounted and he solicited our opinions on whether the images were significantly sharper and worth the effort over 35mm.  Most people noticed “a wealth of detail”.  The pictures were shot with Scala film.  He had pictures of his daughter at rowing practise on a misty river at 5am.  He also had views of people “taking the waters” in the slag pool from an Iceland power plant.  Apparantly it is a popular thing to do.  The cities in iceland are heated with hot spring water which is pumped into every home.  He also had a view of a Chzecklosovakian car called a “Tatra”which he is a fan of and was only imported in North America for one year in 1982.  He also had an interesting view of a roadside curiousity.  When one of the many volcanoes erupt in Iceland they usually create devestating flash floods. Every year that there is not a landside local people place a rock on a ever growing roadside rockpile.  John is interested in the complex compositions.  Something that is well suited for stereo.  Photographers usually try to reduce clutter in mono photography but  levels of detail and multiple layers become a added bonus in stereo.  One of his images was of rusted metal shapes in an industrial area and in the background a hearse could be seen. This then becomes a tool for interesting story telling.       • Bob Wilson was next with some realist mounted commercial slides.  Some images included scenes from the 3D film “House of Wax”.  He ended his presentation with a variety of images of his son Brian growing up.  Bob said that he stopped shooting stereo slides when Kodak stopped mounting them.       • J Mutch had some somical trick photography Realist images by Tommy Thomas. The first was of Alan Young.  Other images were titled “The Camera That Sees the Same As You”, “AHead on a Platter” and one amazing image of a shattering lightbulb.       • Mike Yatsula was next with some images of Las Vegas casinos, dinosaur skeletons at the ROM, and a rodeo at California’s Adventureland.           • John LaRocque showed some views he took in Akron, Ohio after the NSAMidwest meeting a couple of years ago.         • Pina had some views from Egypt and Pompeii.          • Iceland appeared to be the star of the show as Matt Tatham had views of hiking 100km across the Hot Springs Trail.

Show and Tell

Knowing that most of us bring new items to show and tell Bob decided to show us some “old” things. He shared two ingenius stereo printing frames one for the Kodak No.2 Stereo Brownie which was made between1905 to 1910.  It allows you to transpose the reversed images and print a stereo image on one sheet of paper.  He also had a no name brand that only had 1 film plane for exposure.

Felix said that due to it’s popularity he will publish another 3D issue of “PhotoED” magazine in about a year’s time and gave us a head’s up for submission’s.  He plans to call it “Stereo Canada” as opposed to “Stereo World”.  He also plugged his “Guide to Photography” Softbound textbox which he has for sale for $10.  He said that there is no textbook available to students that comes close to it for the price.  He also plans to publish a special issue/book of 3D images pertaining to Niagara Falls.  One thing that he finds of interest is how people used to be posed gazing upon the object of interest with there back to the camera as opposed to today’s style of posing the person facing the camera.  Although the book will focus on historical 3D images there will also be a contemporary section.  He also mentioned meeting a fellow stereo enthusiast who works for and has access to the hydo-electric plant in which he has taken stereo images.

Josh Kaell had an interesting film canister from “The Assasination of Jesse James”, a movie that was being shot in Alberta and produced by Brad Pitt.  The label on the can had a stereo pair of Jesse propped up in his coffin. Josh talked about “Chicken Little”.  He mentioned that they were using circular polarisors.  There was then a debate between Mike and Josh about what was better film or HD projection.   Even though Mike said
that it was projecting at 144 fps there was still some flicker. Josh felt that the film contained poor to mediocre 3D.  But that didn’t stop pina from enjoying the film.

talked about how certain lenses were giving him a hotspot when shooting infrared on digital cameras.  He said that it had to do with reflection issues on the back of the lens and the chip.  There is information on the web about which lenses to avoid.

John Long brought an antique stereocard cabinet viewer which he converted to show about 15 of his medium format images.  He had a recent gallery showing of his impressive 10” x 10” framed stereo prints.  He said that a lot of people had a hard time using his large format viewer and was suprised to find how many people could not cross-eye view.  He realized that people who buy photos for art want large images.  Quite a few purchasers were not interested in buying the viewer or even seeing the print in 3D.  But enjoyed the image on it’s own.

Les Jones mentioned that he collects soccer memoralbilia and stereo views and passed some around.  He was also looking for someone who would be interested in mounting about 10 rolls of his own realist images.  Stan joked that he’d do it for $150 per image.

Burke Brown enlightened us about a young man who has developed a process to scan a 3D image and laser etching it into glass cubes.  He was set up at the CNE in the Queen Elizabeth Building.  His website is  www.crystallizeit.com  

J Mutch shared a medium format camera from the 20’s that shoots in stereo and converts to a panoramic camera.  When you shift the lens the septum adjusts automatically. 

Matt Neima shared two different types of viewers that he is using to view medium format 3D.  He also talked about some software to create moving image “Ken Burns” style slideshows with your computer for output to DVD.  It is available at www.imaginate.com  

Pina says that she has taken one year off of teaching and has been photographing like crazy and has put together 3D presentations for an art group, a high school class and a grade 5 class.  She was suprised by the different yet positive reactions she
received from each group.

Mike Yatsula explained how his aluminum Realist glass mounts work and how well suited they are for projection.  They are no longer available except on eBay. 

Stan says that production stopped about 20 years ago because the dies for the mounts wore out.

David Delouchery brought a Nintendo Virtual Boy 3D game system to show off that came out in 1987 and only lasted for one year before disappearing from the market.  He also mentioned that he had received an email solicitation from a 3D movie theatre in India that was seeking new 3D movie content.  David has also begun production on a documentary about Canadian stereographer James Esson who’s career spanned from 1875 to 1920.

Peter Sinclair says that he can produce an 8x10 3D lenticular print converted from a 2D image for $50.  He can also do transparencies. The 8x10 images are comprised of 5 layers and the $29 4x5 size is produced with 3 layers. Reprints are $2.50.  Any low compression digital image will work. He mentioned that a program called Stereomorpher available at  www.3dphotopro.com  can create intermediates for lenticular printing.

Also in attendance were Ken Strass, & Lorraine Wilson.  Bob mentioned that Wolgang and Maryann Sell will be speaking about Viewmaster at the May Photographic Historical Society meeting in Toronto.  The Spring club meeting will be held at Stan White’s new home in Brantford on April 30, 2006.  Stan by the way holds the distinction of having the most popular exhibit of 3D photos in Dinklespiel, Bavaria.