Issue 20 · Spring
Meeting, June 7, 2009
Our spring 2009 meeting was held at Jani
Hamalainen’s in the stylish Merchandise Lofts in downtown
In Attendance: Steve Horan, Tim Moody, John Long,
J. Mutch, Manuel Oliveira, Pina Vinci, Jake Calvo, Ken Strass, Jani
Hamalainen, Simon Bell, Alan Calvo, Sam Schlifer, Georgia Calvo, Bruce
Hodgson, Mike Yatsula, Matt Neima, Josh Kaell, Sarah Shrigley, Oliver
Haddarath, Peter Sinclair, Timo Puhakka, David Delouchery.
A large group showed up for this meeting so
lets see what everone had to say and show.
Moody announced that he had made a 4 minute
anaglyphic 3D movie in the style of "Creature From the Black
Lagoon" which he called "Creature from Grenadier Pond"
brought a medium format folio along that he submits views to.
showed off the new focussible backlit medium format viewer.
well with the chinese mounts that are made for the 3D World
reports that the the 3D World Camera is great and the lenses are as
good as a Hassleblad.
||Manual Oliveira shared
that he use to take 3D pictures about 20 years ago and sold them to the
public. Eventually he closed the business and only recently discovered
been involved with 3D for 15 years, she enjoys dong 3D
She just did one for her art class and will do one on Egypt for the
Grade 5 class that she teaches.
Calvo has enjoyed looking at holograms on display at the
University of Toronto.
Strass built a camera mount for his twin SD1000's.
Hamalainen syncs his shutters with his "patented"
fingers. He has frozen water an pigeons in flight.
Bell is finally interested in selling his RBT 3D
camera. He has been using 2 SDM synced Canon's since
Christmas but he still uses the Cha-Cha method for macro
photography. He was recently in Costa Rica and has taken lots
of images of animals. He made reference to Digi-dat from
Germany which makes a shutter release and mount to be used in
combination with Canon cameras and the Stereo Data Maker
firmware. They also offer a whole slew of products and
accessories and are worth checking out. www.digi-dat.de/index_eng.html
Calvo is new to the group and was invited by Peter
Sinclair. He says that Peter has been showing them his
lenticular prints for a while and Alan was glad to be invited out to
the meeting. He added that while they hadn't brought any item
to show & tell he joked that anything that looked "healthy" at
the snack table were brought by his family.
informed us that
she is Alan's Mother and her interest in 3D began in the
grandmother had a stereopticon and as a little girl she loved going
down to the library and looking at their great collection of 3D
pictures. Peter mentioned that near her home in the Dells,
is a photographic studio by H.H.
She was quite familiar with the place and also added that as a former
psychologist she is also interested about our sensory perception when
viewing 3D images.
Hodgson met Bob Wilson at a booth Bob had at the Ex and
They discussed whether anyone else was interested in forming a 3D
group. Later he wrote a letter to Martin Bass who said that
the 3D enthusiasts only in Ontario communicated by mail. Bruce
suggested that they try and initiate a 3D meeting which eventually
Martin Bass organized. Bruce now buys disposable cameras from
the drugstore shoots cha-cha method and then mounts his images onto
both sides of cardstock. He kidded that a good place to shoot
cha-cha is in the cemetery because nothing moves. He is now ready to
collect info on shooting in digital stereo. Bruce was also surprised to
find a 3D image that his Grandfather took which was glued to the back
of a professional stereograph. Then he found a series of
similar pictures that his father took which when fused accidently came
out in 3D. Bruce was pleased that working in 3D went so far
back in his family.
|Mike Yatsula showed
Canon SD1000 system. His cameras were covered in a rubber
prevent scratches and he created his own bracket, switch and a method
for using USB extension cables. He also pointed out that a
100 watt DC
inverter was useful for charging camera batteries in his car.
Neima said that Mike
Yatsula sold him his first Stereo Realist. Matt showed off
Medium format viewer that John Long had and in addition had the second
medium format folio that John and Matt belonged to. He welcomed us to
look at the images. A discussion then popped up about the
working in medium format. It costs about $6 to develop at
for 6 pictures on a roll of 120mm film.
Provia F 400 film from B&H Photo in New York costs about $4 a
roll. The film allows for an extra 2 stops which is
“heaven” for those who use it. It also
offers nice saturated colours
in lower overcast light as well. Simon Bell said that the
yet another dimension. As soon as Matt finished speaking, and
our humour, he hightailed it to the snack table.
|John Long then led a
discussion about the beauty of medium format compared to 35mm and
digital images. He has a “modern
Taxiphote” which he calls his
"Robot" which is the Olga Stereo Slide Viewer. It
sells for $700 US
It is designed to take quarters but can be rigged to view medium format
3D views without having to use up your pocket change. John
uses it at
his gallery to display his images.
Josh Kaell mentioned that he
has been involved in 3D since he was 10 years old but stopped when his
RBT camera broke. He says that Reg Hartt is now
projecting 3D films
from the 1950's era. Josh and Reg don't see eye to eye so
interested to know how he is projecting in 3D. He
had a showing on
June 1st and continues to show them at his house on Bathurst south of
Shrigley has been taking
medium format long exposures at night time. Her exposures are
about 12 seconds in length. Dr. T got her involved in 3D
This was Oliver
first meeting. He said that he enjoyed looking at stereo
images with a
scanning electron microscope when he was an undergraduate
the Ontario Science Centre. He then bought a Revere at a camera shop on
Queen St. He now shoots 3D in digital and Timo Puhakka built
the rig for his Canon cameras.
Timo got introduced
to the group when he bumped into Simon Bell while in Arizona.
Simon saw a camera rig he built for a pair of Olympus cameras which got
them talking about 3D. Timo also built the mount for Peter
Sinclair's Canon TX1 3 camera rig for shooting lenticulars.
Timo did a nice job of hiding the sync wires and he mounted the switch
to the camera body. He put 2-12V LED panels inside a Kodak
viewer. He put a yellow filter behind the diffuser to
compensate for a slight blue colour shift. He found the 12V
LED panels on a search on eBay which are actually used for
car turn signals. He gets his 8 Megapixel views converted to
film for viewing in the viewer.
||Peter Sinclair is
person in the world offering a lenticular printing service for Nimslo
and Nishika cameras. He had lenticular bookmarks for sale at
$2 ea. or
3 for $5. Someone asked what lenticular prints were and Peter
too happy to explain the concept to them. The postcards he
are made from 9 images at slightly different angles and offer a
smoother image as you look at the print. The print of Norman
Rockwell's "The Sphinx" is made from 35 images for the
and the polaroid material has 100 Lines per inch.
Delouchery mentioned that the website address has been
changed to www.stereoontario3d.org
The meeting closed with some snacks and digitally projected
3D images by our host, Jani.