I did not set out to make this. I was just making suggestions on a draft image, brainstorming some neat concepts, and was asked, “Well, can you make something like that?”…and my first answer was no, I can’t. 😅 But somehow after very many hours of labor, shooting, emails, and computer work (teaching myself Photopea), I was able to make it, thanks in large part to many fine stereo folks who contributed. Here are closer looks and details about their individual images, going clockwise starting from the upper right.
Keita co-leads the Virtual Stereoscopic Community and is an avid collector (as you can see!) of stereoscopes—see her website above.
The backdrop in this image is my polarized 3D LeTV, displaying a stereo screenshot of my avatar while in a New York stereo world in AltSpaceVR. The photo is taken with a Fuji W3, using DIY circular-polarized lens adapters in a Cyclopital ALA mount to produce stereo from the TV. A JVC GS-TD1 3D camcorder sits at the ready toward bottom left, while a rogue Minoru webcam peers coquettishly from my decolletage. Meanwhile, I wield an Oculus Quest digital stereoscope, waging a fierce 3D battle across time and z-space with Steve Berezin's Holmes viewer.
Dave was Technical Director for 3D-Con 2020, and is active in the New York Stereoscopic Association.
Steven is an organizer for 3D-Con 2021, and is President of the LA 3D Club. He is showing a classic Holmes Stereoscope, which is available on his website above.
I took my selfie stereo with Panasonic 3D1. I was sitting on the sofa at home with a bunch of plush toys. :)
Momoko holds the Fuji W3 in her right hand, and a View Master in her left. Her plush toys beside her include Poohs, Kapibara-san, and Hello Kitties, and on the wall behind her is a London Underground Map. Momoko is a member of ステレオクラブ東京 [Stereo Club Tokyo], National Stereoscopic Association, International Stereoscopic Union, and Stereoscopic Society.
The photo shows “The Owl Virtual Reality Kit” which is designed by Dr. Brian May and developed and distributed by his London Stereoscopic Company. The Owl comes in several different designs and colours. The Owl can be bought here: The London Stereoscopic Company Ltd - LSC Official Online Shop. I took this stereo myself, using my iPhone and the i3DSteroid app [created by Masuji Suto above!].
I puttered through my 3-D paraphernalia for distinctive items and hit upon the OWL VR Kit and the new and improved Steampunk Lite OWL, both from the London Stereoscopic Company. The Steampunk OWL in particular I use most frequently, as I know many others do, for the purpose of having handy when the topic of stereoscopy comes up with a non 3-D acquainted friend—as it often does! (My prior Lite OWL v.1 actually broke in the pocket of my winter coat when I was in the presence of its creator, Dr. Brian May, likely due to mechanical resonance when it sensed the proximity of its maker. The Steampunk OWL has promised increased strength and decreased snappability, as well as a sexy new makeover.)
I took this photo through considerable trial and error using the timer of a Fuji W1 stereo camera, as my twin rig is temporarily out of commission. The W1 only has a maximum 10 second timer so my relaxed pose is a complete act. It was a matter of tripping back and forth between my sofa and back to check the photo—in heels. Finally it resulted in a shot I liked. Then I worked to edit everything out aside from my body so I could add a background more dynamic than my living room wall, and to allow the space around my legs to be transparent so that Gordon could let me hang over the side of my Zoom window. In the end the whole poster turned out to be very successful, and I’m very excited about the virtual return of 3-D Con!
I took this stereo with my twin rig of 2 x Sony RX 100 mark ii. The background is a 2D stock photo, converted to 3D via the MiDaS AI. The fake prop glasses (from a Clark Kent cosplay 😅) are tinted in post, and for the anaglyph version, I purposely left their colors so they would ‘flash’ with rivalry a bit.
Big thanks to all the creative contributors above, and of course apologies to many other stereo friends and fans I could not include! ❤️💙 It was my goal to show a diverse panel—just a tiny example of the stereographers around the world, and also to recognize some organizers. But I hope the collection of Zoom faces at 3D-Con 2021 will be many, many, more!
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