Monday, January 31, 2011
I'm trying something new today. I have been fascinated with 3D photography, or stereography, for many years now. I remember as a child, playing with one of those old-fashioned stereoscopes, and marveling at the illusion of three dimensions on the old photos. Surprisingly, I'm not overly fond of 3D movies... the effect is kind of cool, but it gives me a headache after awhile.
A few months ago, I was asked to do a photo shoot for work, where I took three separate series of photos for a 3D project. The photos have sat on my computer for a long time, and on my way home from work tonight, I started wondering if I could pick a couple of these photos & create the illusion of three dimensions on the computer screen. I know that the effect probably won't work with the small image that you see accompanying this blog post. You'll have to click on it to open it larger in another window. You might have to move around, or forward or backward a bit, until the image comes into dimension for you. After I created my image, I posted in on Flickr to test it, to see if I could see it just as well using a jpeg image on the web, as I could see it as a layered PS file. It seemed to work. For me, I find it easiest to see if I stare at the image on the left, sort of crossing my eyes and losing sharp focus. Then, pop! It comes together into a three dimensional image!
So, I thought I'd post my little experiment here. Let me know if it works for you. Leave me a comment! (Note that if you have a vision impairment in one or both of your eyes, you may not be able to see the illusion.) Photo above from the Smithsonian website.
Posted by Stefanie Eskander at 8:36 PM