Sunday, July 26, 2009

Guernsey Lake, Wyoming

Guernsey Lake was a convenient and beautiful stop-over on our way to the Black Hills.
The view of the lake from our camp site at Guernsey State Park. (See it in 3D with red-cyan anaglyph glasses)

The campground area. (See this image in 3D)

Also nearby is the Oregon Trail Ruts National Monument and the Register Cliff.

Click here to see this image in 3D.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Chugwater, Wyoming (in 3D)

You'll need to find those 3D (red-cyan) glasses to view these images taken in Wyoming recently.
Road-Ready (3D)
We stopped for lunch in Chugwater, WY on our way to Guernsey Lake.

Chugwater Soda Fountain (3D)
This is the historic Chugwater Soda Fountain, which claims the oldest operating soda fountain in all of Wyoming. (How many could there be?)

Lunch at Soda Fountain (3D)
We enjoyed the famous "Chugwater Chili" for lunch. Surprisingly it didn't give us an urge to "chug water".

Oldest Soda Fountain in WY (3D)
The historic soda fountain and Hamilton Beach Drinkmasters still in service.

Main Street, Chugwater Wyoming (3D)
After lunch the weather turned dramatic with low swirling clouds rolling into town.

Chugwater-Tornado (3D)
We chose to wait out the storm and we got to see this tornado while we watched the weather progress. View the video clip below in 2D (no glasses needed):

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Denver Civic Plaza

Here are a few snapshots from our visit to Denver:

This first one was taken telephoto from a distance of 480 Meters:
Colorado State Capital (telephoto)
View a 3D version of this photo

The next one was a wide-shot taken from Lincoln Street:
Colorado State Capital
View the 3D version of this photo

The Plaza looking North:
Civic Plaza Park, Denver CO
View my 3D version of this photo

The Denver City-County Building opposite the Capital:
Denver City-County Building
View a 3D version of this photo

This is a 3D photo (use red-cyan 3D glasses to view) of the door-knockers on the front of the Denver City-County Building:
Extreme 3D Door Knocker

Sunday, March 15, 2009

San Diego snapshots

I snapped a few pictures on the way to my meetings in San Diego last week. I took my stereo camera so I also have these available as 3D. See the links below each picture to view them in 3D with the Red-Cyan 3D glasses.
San Diego Skyline
San Diego Skyline

The Star of India
Star of India in the Shipyard Museum (see 3D version)

Giant Kaleidoscope
Giant Kaleidoscope at San Diego harbor (see 3D version)

The Silver Man of San Diego
The Silver Man of San Diego (see 3D version)

Surf or Swim
La Jolla Beach (see 3D Version)

Dangerous Cliffs
Dangerous Cliffs near Torry Pines (see 3D version)

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Air Force Academy

I stopped at the Air Force Academy for a few snap-shots on the way back from Colorado Springs. The first shot shows the Cadet Chapel from the trail that leads to the visitor center.
AFA Cadet Chapel from trail

The next shot is from the parking lot. This photo is straight from the camera. The bright sunlight reflecting on the polished surfaces expanded the color of the deep blue sky.
AFA Cadet Chapel

The modern architecture of this chapel reminds me of a row of wings and from this angle they look like wings to heaven.
Wings to Heaven

To learn more about the Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel see this link.

There are also more photos including 3D pictures of this chapel on my Flickr page. Simply click any picture to go to the Flickr page.

Friday, February 06, 2009

3D Stereo Images

I've been tinkering with 3D stereo photography or stereoscopy. To take the pictures I use one of two methods (a)the cha-cha method and (b) using a twinned-camera arrangement. Both systems result in separate photo images for the left-eye and right-eye viewpoints. Finally there are several ways to process these to make them viewable as 3D images. Here are a few examples.

This first example below is a stereo image that requires the red-cyan "anaglyph" glasses to view correctly. You can find these glasses on Amazon or on Ebay or you may have a pair from an old movie that came with these. They are usually made from paper.
Miner's Park, Erie (redo)
Even with the proper glasses you might notice that the colors are weak and somewhat distorted on the image. Images with very high contrast or bright reds don't do well with anaglyph processing.

The next example is also an anaglyph, but done using the Yellow-Blue colors. This is the type used for the recent Superbowl TV ads and the NBC show "Chuck".
Miner's Park, Erie CO
Again colors are weak and somewhat distorted.

The next example is shown in in the "crossview" mode. No glasses are needed to view this image, but the technique requires you to cross you eyes slightly until you start to see double then focus on the image that appears in the center.
Miner's Park, Erie CO
If you click the image, you can view the larger size for an even better view. The obvious advantage is no glasses needed, the colors can be excellent, but the technique can take a while to master.

Finally, there is a parallel view image:
Miner's Park, Erie CO
In this case, you need to focus both eyes parallel straight ahead as if you are looking through a window. You may have to get closer and use reading glasses if necessary. I find this format more difficult to view and the disadvantage is you must use an image with spacing of no more than 2.5 inches, which means this is all the larger you can go. This format works better with portrait oriented images rather than the landscape shown above.

To learn more about the freeview techniques for cross-eye and parallel view see this link:

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Las Vegas Lights

Gondolas in front of The Venetian Hotel

The Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas
The Mirage Hotel

Inside Venetian Hotel
Inside the Venetian Hotel

New York, NY Hotel
The New York, New York Hotel