Issue 1 - Spring Meeting May 25,1998
Our Spring Meeting was held at Stan White's
in St. George, Ontario.
In attendance: Bob Wilson, Burke Brown,
Simon Bell, Don Tait, Madolyn Tait, Mildred Barrie, Stan White,
Mike Yatsula, David Cusimano, Peter Russell.
The meeting started off with 3D slide show
generously put on by Stan. The views were collected from the best
shows put on by the Photographic Society of America. The
collection is a touring show and is made available to regional
chapters for viewing. There were about 10 separate entries with
topics ranging from Japan: Then and Now, Trees, Frogs, Unique
Mailboxes & Dirt Bike Racing. Very entertaining.
shared more 35mm slide views from his "Eye to Eye"
series of children's books. These dynamic animal shots were from
his "Cats", "Night Creatures" and "Birds
of Prey" collection. During
our meeting a half dozen, or so slide viewers were passed around
the room with continuously updated views. His two previous topics
"Insects & Spiders" and "Snakes & Lizards"
are currently available for $13.95 and published by Somerville
House Publishing. Expect the next three to be available in Coles
and other retail bookstores soon. In August Simon traveled to
Africa to photograph elephants for his 6th book in the series.
Don Tait demonstrated his hand built side by
side camera mount. It allows for horizontal or vertical camera
framing. Currently he had two matched Pentax SLR's attached to the
rig. Unfortunately his dual shutter release which he uses for
synchronization was last seen on the road to Tipperary.
Madolyn Tait shared her panoramic views from
their trip to Ireland which were shot with two single-use
panoramic cameras. The prints were mounted under/over and were
viewed with a "Magic Eye" viewer. The quality of these
large prints were surprisingly good for these simple cameras.
Mildred Barrie attended as a guest of
theirs. She belongs to the Brantford Camera Club and was
captivated by the world of 3D.
Stan White had his Contemporary "Antique"
stereo views on display. His newest addition was a 10 view
"Leporello" style collection of views taken during his
road trip to Bellvue, Washington. Bob Wilson joined him on the
trip last August for the 1997 NSA Convention. Titled "The
Golden Road to Samarkand" the views ranged from various road
side stops at National Parks to the Convention Lobby itself. The
back of the cards contained a humourous account of their trip. The
accordion like, attached views are made from over 100 pieces, so
they are truly one of a kind.
Stan's walls were adorned with mounted
prints from his "Blue Period" circa. 1983 to 1993. These
humourous views invited us into a world of mannequins , disjointed
limbs and the adventures of "little" people who climb
there way into a world larger than their own e.g. British soldiers
conquer a brick of cheese while fending off a hungry mouse. One
inspired view shows a empty eggshell that once contained a chick
who had marked the days to freedom inside it's shell. Stan also
handed out Jon Golden's "RBT Catalogue" as well
as displaying his plastic mounts.
Mike Yatsula showed an interesting split
lens attachment weighing well over 20 lbs. The grey metal unit has
rotating periscope style reflectors which captures the split pair
and sends the light down to the imaging area where a camera would
mount. It seems that the device was used for aerial photography.
Yours truly, David Cusimano, brought a "new"
stereoscopic viewer that was made as a limited collectors item for
the Broadway cast and crew of "Ragtime". The viewer has
the show, location and date engraved into the wood base. The card
which has the Ragtime logo on its back shows an exterior view of
the theatre while it was still undergoing renovations. It's too
bad that the designers could not have taken more time to produce a
stereoview rather than its current 2D image. The viewer is
manufactured by the Lucas-Price Stereographic Co. and is available
from Victorian Revival 209 Front St. Stratford, ON. Stan White
believes that it may be selling for under $20. Another item of
interest was the March issue of Astronomy Magazine. It contains 27
anaglyph views of Mars and other celestial objects. Two
beautifully printed glasses come with the magazine which makes it
a worthwhile collectible. The issue is available from Kalmbach
Publishing Company P.O. Box 1612 Waukesua,WI 53187 (800)
446-5489 or http://db.kalmbach.com/catalog/catalog.html
Simon Bell has found an interesting web
site. www.visualabs.com This Canadian inventor is on the
verge of distributing a true 3D television system where no glasses
etc. are required. What's the hold up? Some interesting essays and
articles about the process are located at the site.
The Fall meeting is scheduled for October
18th ( the first Sunday after Thanksgiving ) at Mike Yatsula's in
Belleville, Ontario. 1.5 to 2 hours east of Toronto. Items that
Mike will share with us include a collection of antique and
contemporary cameras and equipment including a Toshiba 3D video
camera. A couple of Super 8mm 3D shorts will be shown and pieces
from his hologram collection will be on view. Sounds exciting.
Mark it on your calendar, It's worth the drive to Belleville.
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