Discussion Group


Issue 18 · Fall Meeting, November 25, 2007

In Attendance: Bob & Lorraine Wilson, Felix Russo, Josh Kaell, Mike Yatsula, Alex Liber, J. Mutch, Stan White, Ron Miyanishi, Rob Cruickshank, Sam Schlifer, Pina Vinci, Cylla von Tiedemann, Les Jones, Peter Sinclair, Matt Neima, David Delouchery, Emily Wagner and various guests.

Our fall 2007 meeting was held at Mike  Robinson’s photographic studio on Carlaw Avenue in Toronto.

Mike demonstrated the daguerreotype process and explained how stereo was achieved using this method.  Exposure and development is a arduos  time consuming process.  He said thatt once the plate is sensitized he waits about 15 minutes because during that time the emulsion is gainingg speed and if he didn’t wait then the second exposed image would invariably be brighter than the first when exposing a side by side image. Mike started by polishing a silver plate with a buffer.  He then coated the plate with iodine vapour.  The thickness determines the contrast of the image.  While the plate is being exposed to the vapour it changes in appearance to all the colours of the spectrum. 

The thicker the coating, the slower the speed and it retards the highlights. He extends the exposure to increase the latitude of the image.   When he does a portrait it usually takes 2 or 3 exposures to get the mixture right.  If the image needs to be redone he can just re-expose the plate to iodine to set it again for re-exposure.  It has been said that the final image is as fragile as the dust on a butterfly wing.  The silver plate is placed behind a piece of glass to protect it.  Mike ended up doing 2 - 4 minute exposures of a still life composition. 

Bob got our show and tell underway by showing us his Lanc Sheppard digital camera 3D system.

Felix talked about how he enjoys printing his stereocards.  He thanked Stan for the efforts he has made in this endeavor.  Felix also mentioned that it is important to document your work so that years from now you and others will know it’s significance.   He also showed us a mockup of the cover for the next 3D issue of PhotoEd magazine.  

Josh shared more of his RBT saga with us.  He took the camera on a trip and found that the lens was a bit askew.  He stumbled with the camera and the lens fell out so now he has more problems than ever.

Alex wasn’t expecting to do a speech at his first meeting but was glad to be with us and will come out next time.

Mike Yatsula showed us some anaglyphs he had printed of his views including one of the Queen Mary.

J. brought a Donaldson Model 7 macro stereo camera for us to see which was used to photograph human eyes.  Introduced in 1960 it takes 35mm film  and utilizes a foot pedal to trigger the shutter.  He is in search of a manual for it.

Steve brought the Stereoscopic Society of America’s 2000 Yearbook which includes a directory of it’s members and example of their views.

Ron is waiting for the delivery of a 3D camera kit which has to be assembled.  He says that is will be a challenge since the instructions are in Japanese.

Rob took rock climbing pictures while in the Rockies with his Stereo Realist.  He pointed out the challenges of photographing when you require both hands for climbing.

Sam mentioned that he transposed the image on the cover of  “The World of 3D” book had been printed for cross-eyed viewing.

Cylla, who came with Steve Horan, was looking to revitalize her photographing which normally focuses on performing arts and dance.  She brught a friend who had only areived hours before from Germany

Pina talked about the future plans to share her 3D travel photographs with students at various elementary schools.

Simon talked about his Guelph community newspaper “Snap”.  He also went to the NSA convention in Boise, Idaho and was amazed at how far digital has been embraced for 3D.  He talked about the program Stereo Photo Maker which is great for mounting and correcting image problems.

Les brought another stereo camera item from his antique store.  He says that Lionel Trains made a 3D camera around 1954.  It takes 20x30mm roll film but he hasn’t figured out how to use it yet.

Peter brought large lenticular conversions of various famous paintings which he sells for $100 each. Images include paintings by Vermeer, Rockwell and Monet among others.

 Emily, a student at Ryerson in Mike Robinson’s class came to our meeting.  She has made a variety of different images using different period techniques.  She plans on working in image preservation after her schooling is complete.

At the end of the meeting Mike Robinson revealed the final Stereo Daguerrotype image to us and we enjoyed the rest of the afternoon socializing and avoiding parking tickets.  

The spring meeting will be hosted by Bob Wilson on June 01/08