Selected Experiments in 3D Stereo Photography
by Gary Molitor

     The thumbnail images below are linked to pages that have two images from the same scene and side by side, for cross-eyed viewing. Personally, I believe the cross-eyed viewing method is the easiest for most people to learn. I have never gotten the parallel viewing method down. For those visiting this site for the first time I would suggest you read the the instructions for the "Dipapyri Method" for cross-eyed viewing of 3D stereographic images.
     Landscape format prints 8" x 21" and portrait format prints, 10.25" x 16.25" are available in either gloss photo prints or on matte archival paper using the giclee printing process with UV stable inks for a price of $400.00 each.
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Studio Hose and Drape
San Leandro, CA 2014
Window Cactus Flower
San Leandro, CA 2014
13 X 12
San Leandro, CA 2013
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Peach Blossoms
San Leandro, CA 2013
Lily Pods
San Leandro, CA 2013
Red Polyurethan San Leandro, CA 2013
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Cat Door
San Leandro, CA 2013
Hanging Parts
San Leandro, CA 2013
Potter's Wheel Frame
San Leandro, CA 2012
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The Studio
San Leandro, CA 2012
Griffin Park Effigy
San Diego 2012
Front Yard 2012
San Leandro, CA 2012
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Driveway Fire Spinner
San Leandro, CA, 2012
Jonny Jump Up
San Leandro, CA, 2012
Back Yard 2012
San Leandro, CA, 2012
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Sweet Alyssum
San Leandro, CA 2012
Spider Wed
San Leandro, CA 2012
Dead Branch over San Leandro Creek 2010
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San Leandro Creek at Hass and Cary 2010 San Leandro Creek 5/30/2010 Hass - Cary Foot Bridge
San Leandro, CA, 2010
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Clayton Bailey Mustache Award 2009 Clayton Bailey's Studio
Port Costa, CA, 2009
Water Fall
Wisconson 2008
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View from Jim's Back Yard, 2008 Carmel Tide Pool
Pacific Grove, CA, 2008
Carmel 2008
Pacific Grove, CA, 2008
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17 Mile Drive #1
Pacific Grove, CA, 2008
17 Mile Drive #2
Pacific Grove, CA, 2008
17 Mile Drive #3
Pacific Grove, CA, 2008
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Icicles and Grass Overhead Zion, Utah, 2007 Water Over Rock #1
Zion, Utah, 2007
Water Over Rock #2
Zion, Utah, 2007
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Rocks, Water & Ice
Zion, Utah, 2007
A Light Sprinkle
Zion, Utah, 2007
Emerald Pools Hike #1
Zion, Utah, 2007
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Emerald Pools Hike #2
Zion, Utah, 2007
Red Rock Park
Las Vegas, NV 2007
Red Rocks
Snow Canyon, Utah, 2007
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V Cut
Zion, Utah, 2007
Tower Rock
Zion, Utah, 2007
Woods Lake #1
Eldorado National Forest, CA 2003
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Woods Lake #2
Eldorado National Forest, CA 2003
300ZX Suspension Part
San Leandro, CA, 2003
Suspension & Vice
San Leandro, CA, 2003
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Sunset Point
Bryce, Utah, 2001
Zion Scales
Zion, Utah, 2001
Sunrise Point
Bryce, Utah, 2001
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Zion Cliff
Zion, Utah, 2001
Slot Cave, Snow Canyon, Utah, 2001 Neptune Fountain
Washington, DC.
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B & B Inn
Washington, DC.
Vice President's Office
Washington, DC.
Comphor Sprouts
San Leandro, CA 2001
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Comphor Burl
San Leandro, CA 2001
Neighbors Garden
San Leandro, CA 2001
Home
San Leandro, CA 2001

The group of four images at the bottom are my first attempts at making stereographic photography without the use of a camera designed specifically for stereographic work. I taped two disposable cameras together, base to base with their lenses in the same horizontal plane. This method works fairly easily but variations in processing of the separate film strips causes some color and value problems.

The second group of three (starting with B &B) were taken using a Columbia Camera Company, Stereo Realist 3.5 "A" SN  in Washington DC in 1998. The Stereo Realist  produces two 25 mm by 25 mm slide by side picture on 35mm film. For web presentation, I scanned the slides with a Nikon Coolscan V-ED and edited then using Corel Photopaint.

I take a more sculptural approach to my photography than more traditional ("old-school") photographers. I see it as just another media for manipulation. Take the above "The Vice Presidents Office"; it was shot on a bright overcast day. the tops of the building washed out into a white nondescript sky. I did some transparent overlay to enhance the roof top and added contrast. Adding the blue sky and clouds made the building pop out a little more.I did some of the same manipulation to the "B & B Inn" to reveal some of the hidden detail inside the room and increased the contrast to allow the exterior scene to pop a little more. "Fountain" is pretty much seen as it was shot, except for a little more contrast. Of interest is, this shot was taken from inside a tour bus and some window reflection artifacts can be seen.

I have not used the Stereo Realist that much as the process requires the use of a light meter and a complicated nine (9) step process for taking pictures. This camera is antiquated in its use compared to point and shoot digital cameras. My original purpose for stereographic photography was to be able to photograph my ceramic sculpture.

The "2003 Utah" group of six were shot using a Minolta Dimage S304.
It is well known that stereoptic photographs require two photographs focused on the same spot of a scene but separated by a side to side distance of 2.5 inches. This distance is the average distance between the right and left human eye. I figured by using my digital camera I could take stereoscopic photographs just by taking two pictures of the same scene and switching from one eye to the other while taking the two pictures. Actually, this works quite well with a little alignment editing with a photo/paint program. The use of a tripod and a sliding camera mount would make editing this form of stereographic photography easier.

The fifth group of ten were taken using a Olympus Evolt E-300 using the same side by side process as used with the Minolta. I have owned two of the Dimage S304s. The first one drown when I fell while fishing in an Alaskan river and the second bought the farm when it fell off a work bench in my studio.  I have since bought a Mission3D "Photo3D" sliding camera mount, however, it requires the use of a tripod. For a staged photo this works very well but on a hike, I'm not about to lug a tripod around.

I bought the E300 for one reason. There is an adapter made that allows the use of Minolta MC & MD mount lens. I have a number of lenses from an old Minolta XD11 and would like to continue to use them for my photo work.

 

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