Snow in Georgia in 3D


It's a snow day, so may as well have a little photographic fun!

When I was in school (I'm about to date myself) my fourth grade teacher had an immense collection of GAF 3D View-Master slides. Boy did I love that thing! I traveled the American West, Europe, South America, and even the moon - one circular disk of stereoscopic slides at a time.

What does that have to do with snow? Nothing really - except - as I was taking some photos in the snow in our garden this morning the thought popped into my mind: what if I just move over a couple of inches while taking photos of this little statue and take another shot? I would have a stereoscopic image - just like the old View-Master slides.

I took two images corresponding roughly with the right and left eye (see below). I combined the two images in Photoshop CS3. To view the image to see the 3D effect takes a little work, but requires no special equipment. You can view the effect right on your computer monitor.

With the stereoscopic image displayed on you monitor the trick is to look off into the distance over the top edge of the monitor and let your focus relax. In your peripheral vision you will begin to notice that the two images try to converge. It may take a while, but the two images will come together. Those with older eyes may find it takes a little longer to achieve convergence of the two images as the muscles in the eyes are not as flexible as younger eyes. When the two images converge, it will appear as if there are three images. The center image will have the stereoscopic illusion of depth, and you will see two flat images - one on each side of the 3D image.

PhotographyCarl OlsonComment