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Issue 3/4 · Spring & Fall Meeting Double Issue June 13, 1999

Spring Meeting

In Attendance: Simon Bell, David Delouchery, Steve Horan, Les Jones, Eaton Lothrop Jr., Sam Schlifer, Josephine (Pina) Vinci, Stan White, Bob Wilson and Mike Yatsula.

My notes are vague for this meeting so please excuse any inaccuracies. We gathered at Bob Wilson's new place in Toronto. Although he mentioned that he still had unpacking to do their was still plenty to see and many wonderful Canadiana prints adorned the walls.

Our meeting got underway as usual with introductions and then our show and tell. Pina, who has been photographing in 3D for the past 4 years, mentioned the comments she gets and we most like to hear from people who view our stereos - "Oh, I'm really there!" Sam who has been shooting full frame side by sides since 1992 says that the spectacle of 3D makes people think that he is a better photographer than he really is. Well after seeing some of your cavern views I'd say that you are as good as they think you are! Sam brought a Depth of Field Scale that he recreated for the Stereo Realist Camera. It involves 2 laminated pieces of cardboard mounted together as a dial and it easily fits in your pocket for quick reference. Simon shared some RBT views that he snapped of Elvira at the "Encounter in 3D" Imax launch party. Stan unveiled one of his personally hand built Stanon 5x7 Stereo Cameras. Les showed off a stereoscope case by Baker, an English photographer who resided in India. Eaton started collecting inexpensive box cameras in 1960 and today has included disposable 35mm cameras to his collection. Steve brought a Illuminated Keystone viewer for us to goggle at.

Bob Wilson shared some information and stereocards from his soon to be published article in Stereo World. (Volume 26 #2&3) Titled "Stereo from Eaton's Catalogue" The box sets ranged from views of the Toronto Department Store (Box of 50 for 10 cents) to views of the 1000 Islands and The Royal Tour of the Duke and Duchess of York. Cameras appeared in the 1899 catalogue and viewers and views first appeared in 1900. This continued until 1915 when stereo items disappeared from their catalogue until 1949 when Viewmaster made their first appearance. The publication of this article which was also published in Photographic Canadiana is somewhat bittersweet as it's timing came during the final breaths of the T.Eaton Company.

After our meeting had concluded Steve Horan, Mike Yatsula and yours truly David Delouchery took our gathering as an opportunity to see "Encounter in 3D" the latest IMAX 3D film at the new Paramount theatre in downtown Toronto. It's nice to see two new 3D capable theatres especially in their company's hometown.

 

 

Fall Meeting

Our Fall Meeting was held at Les Jones's house in the Toronto Beaches on November 21, 1999.

In Attendance were: Simon Bell, Burke Brown, David Delouchery, Bruce Hodgson, Steve Horan, Les Jones, Josh Kaell, Lincoln Ross, Sam Schlifer, Stan White, Bob Wilson and Mike Yatsula.

People were quite excited at this meeting as we all had lots to share with each other. Les who says he was fascinated by his Aunts' camera given to him as a child pulled out many interesting items from his collection. He now works as a market researcher and sports photographer and he passed around a couple of his full frame views before we got started. The first view was of a fellow photographer with a 400mm lens pointing at us during the world soccer championships. The other which was meant to get our attention revealed three contestants at a local beauty pageant. Gee Les, what kind of sporting event was that? He also shared with us a German made realist camera that came with a shoulder style attache case. He also mentioned that he has access to a pile of old Popular Science etc. magazines from the 30's & 40's. Some even contain articles on 3D. If you are interested feel free to contact him. Les also brought out 2 box sets of emulsion on glass views of the middle east which were labeled "Plaques au Lactate Tons Chauds" and were made by R.Guilleminot-Boespflug &Co. Another interesting item were views from the Edinburgh Stereoscopic Atlas of Anatomy. These old B&W views taken from cadavers showed "in-depth" studies of various sections of the human anatomy. Each view was about three times as high as your normal card and above each view was corresponding text and information about the view.

The timing was perfect as Steve pulled out his modern Viewmaster copy on the same topic. Available through the NSA this book by William Gruber contains colour views of the same topic. Steve also passed around the room some views that Sawyer made during wartime for the Navy. These views contained images of enemy planes which appeared at various distances and were designed to help the allies identify the various planes in the sky. Also of note, if you would like to find a complete list of Viewmaster single and 3-pack collections you can visit this sight on the web. http://ccwf.cc.utexas.edu/number6/vm Steve mainly focusses his collection on Viewmaster items and has a pile of packets for trade. He says that he still has yet to mount his first realist views.

Burke who says he is fascinated by perception and magnetism was trained as psychologist and therefore studied the art of perception and learning. He now mainly uses his Loreo camera to take 3D pictures of his grandkids. He shared with us more information about the company from Calgary that has developed as auto-stereoscopic projection system. www.visualabs.com This led us into a wild discussion about what was true stereo and whether or not this system could work. It was pointed out that there is a new system being developed in England which uses low level Red/Green and Blue lasers which are mounted on a pair eye glass frames and draw the project the image on the back of your retina. Somehow we ended up discussing about people who only had vision in one eye and it was pointed out that one of the best 3D movies ever was filmed by Arch Albler who only had vision in one eye.

Josh who best described his interests by saying "I like Stereo!" warned us of an $8 magazine on WWF wrestlers which contains Anaglyph views of the stars in action. He says that the photos have been converted from 2D to 3D and that the "layered" images only contain 3 planes of depth. Thanks Josh, I nominate you as the official watchdog of our club. Keep up the watchful eye!

Dave (yours truly) passed around a Discovery Viewmaster/binocular combo viewer for those that hadn't seen one yet and I as well showed off a couple of key chain notebooks which were bound with Lenticular covers. This meeting must have been sponsored by Polaroid due to all of the Lenticular prints and discussion that soon abounded.

Mike from Belleville who collects everything brought an excellent hologram of two lion cubs for us to drool over. At first we thought that the picture was taken at nighttime but soon with a proper light source we all ogled at the beautiful image.

Bob who collects & researches early Canadian photography pulled out a book entitled "Teneriffe, An Astronomer's Experiment". It contained many views around the island including the view on the right of a telescope.

Lincoln who sat in our group as an observer says he has recently started collecting old views works as a photographic restorer and preserver. Quite a few members felt that he could help him with his stereoview collection.

Sam mentioned that he feels blessed with "stereopsis" and feels sorry for his friends who lack the ability to see in stereo. Sam brought with him a Novoflex sliding bar for mounting on a tripod it allowed for a 65mm separation from the cameras first position to the second position.

Bruce gave us a brief history of his fascination with stereo photography. He said that he worked in a grocery store to buy his first Kodak in 1954.

Stan showed off his newly acquired Lenticular print made from one of his classic 3D views of "Liliputian" people who are cleaning the lens of a Pentax 35mm camera. The view was prepared by Peter Sinclair who explained to us the process he uses to make each print. Stan has been building 5x7 stereo cameras. He contact prints from the negative and then tints the views. Stan who curates the Canadian Stereoscopic Archive at Sheridan College says that it may be in need of a new home. Although it may go into storage temporarily there may be an opportunity for it to move into the Toronto Reference Library.

Peter received the best possible plug after Stan showed off his handy work. His business "Stereographic Arts" offers a catalog of old stereoview images that have been converted to single image Lenticular prints. Each image is mounted in a sophisticated wood frame and are very reasonably priced. You can reach him at (416) 690-0377 or sinclair@hotstar.net Peter also brought a painting that his wife had made of a stereoview image. (Sorry, the painting is in 2D only!)

Simon brought a pile of stories and items to show. The comment "Wow, you're really into 3D!" was heard when Simon started pulling out the goodies. The first item for display (and keeping in the lenticular theme) was a promotional ad for Coca-Cola. This 2'x3' print was designed to be rear lit and we quickly placed it in a window frame. Simon went on to explain how Kodak, which has a team of 50 people working in the lenticular department, has approached this technology. Using a photographic process it costs about $3000 U.S. for set-up and about $400 for each print with a minimum order of 5 prints to get started. But the quality is superb! Next up was a school calendar book that is in use across Toronto. The example that Simon brought was from Monarch Park Collegiate. The cover is a general theme and a space is left so that each school could apply their name. The printing for this type of application can be done on a ink jet or digital printer. Simon plans to make lenticular prints of the postcard style ad that he has designed for his business. Simon has also completed an assignment for the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan. They have built a $350 million (U.S.) observatory on the summit of Mauna Kea, Big Island in Hawaii. Named the Subaru Telescope it sits 14,000 feet above sea level were the air was quite thin for the helicopter blades to fly in which carried Simon as he snapped sequential photos of the telescope. The primary mirror of the telescope is 8 metres across. The final print was handed out at the official unveiling which was attended by the princess of Japan. This was a very prestigious undertaking as the Japanese are starting to focus on more pure sciences. A 4'x2.6' lenticular print hangs on the wall at the observatory.

Simon has also been offering 3D video presentations for large corporate conferences and conventions. He is currently testing the Starmax 3D video camera. It was designed by a Toronto group which tried its hand at marketing the units and offering corporate 3D production. The unit can be attached to a videotape recorder and the operator wears a LCD dual screen headset which allows them to see the signal in 3D while they tape. Some of us played with the unit after the official meeting was over. We also discussed the Vrex technology and it seems that some of us are anxious to see it in action. Vrex has developed a polarized system for use with LCD screens on laptops and projectors and allow for flicker free 3D viewing with just the use of cheap polarized glasses. Bob asked if Simon had anything else to show and Les chirped in "Ya, do you have any good stuff?" We all laughed as we delighted in the goodies.

After our show and tell we spent the rest of our meeting with a couple of slide shows courtesy of Les and Simon. Les's views were from a hot air balloon festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Taking place during the 2nd week of October Les gave us a well prepared narration as the colourful pictures floated by our eyes. Some of the shape balloons that were on display included Mickey Mouse, Swatch, Virgin Airlines and Tony the Tiger. An excellent visual essay. Simon's show consisted mainly of various views taken through an airplane window of cloud formations and one beautiful image of Central Park in New York. A very "Sound of Music" image of Mount Ranier, a sun-soaked model lying on a sandy Cuban beach as well as a couple of "cheeky" party goers ended Simon's short show.

After a very full meeting we all recessed for some snacks and conversation.

The Spring meeting is tentatively set for May at Simon Bell's new offices on Queen St. E. in Toronto. NSA 2000 will be held in Maysa, Arizona (near Phoenix) and 2001 will be held in Buffalo, Yippee! See you there!

Happy Viewing and may you always be blessed with Double Vision!

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