Scale model cockpit FPV

cool scale cockpit video

Funny Zoo Snap

man enjoys elephant My wife noticed this in the family archives.

RC Nitro motorcycle racing

rc motorcycle Motorcycle racing in Lilliput.

Manned RC Multicopter

manned multicopter
Here’s an RC multicopter big enough to ride on!

Make: Talk 004

make: Talk 004
I had a fun time talking to Mark Frauenfelder in episode 4 of his new podcast, Make: Talk!

One Man Basement Band

one man band
I feel like I could be getting more mileage out of my right foot.


liberty vintage motorcycles An Etsy portrait. Thanks, Danny.

Tequila Sleeve

tequila the champs
Champs sleeve

Wolf-Stelzer Book Lamp

Book Lamp
My friend Tess just made the cover of ReadyMade with her cool lamp design.

Tree Stump Bug

Can this be for real? The design is so awesomely Thunderbirds. Via

The Nothing Box

nothing box


Thunderbirds are go
Are Go!

Command Center

command center
Sweet assemblage spaceship’s bridge.

Four Drano’s

Watch the sink slowly, all but disappear from the design .

Toothpaste Aerosol

toothpaste aerosol
Aerosol toothpaste

Douglas C. Newell – In Stereo

stereo camera

Put on your red and blue 3D glasses to view this image.

Standard photography is usualy a pretty good tool for visual communication, but once in a while you encounter a subject that can only be fully appreciated when viewed in eye-popping 3-D. Such was the case with my 1967 Douglas C. Newell, Oakland Tribune “Ace Dealer” award paperboy trophy.

In hopes that I could accomodate everyone’s viewing preference, I prepared 3 different easy-to-do stereoscopic formats – color anaglyph for red and blue glasses, stereo pair for cross-eyed viewing, and stereo pair for parallel viewing.

I got into stereo photography around 1995 when a friend showed me some incredible stereo slides that he had made with his 1950′s vintage Stereo Realist camera. I bought my own Realist, as well as a few other stereo cameras and slide mounting stuff and have made some really cool images with them, but you don’t need a stereo camera to start tinkering with 3-D photography.

stereo camera

Almost any camera will work for 3-D. As long as the subject is’t moving, you can capture a stereo pair simply by taking a picture, scooting the camera 70mm to the side and taking another picture.

You can make or purchase a camera slide-bar that will allow you to easilly reposition the camera perfectly for the second shot, but this is not essential to get started. I made this stereo pair by simply dragging the tripod a few inches to the left and taking the second shot. The important thing is to not tilt or pan the camera at all between shots. keep it on the same plane, but slide it to one side roughly the distance between your eyes. When you view these 2 images, one through each eye, your brain will re-assemble them into a 3-D image.

Cross-eyed viewing

cross-eyed viewing

To view this stereo pair, stare at the area between the 2 images and slowly cross your eyes until the 2 images converge in the center.

Parallel viewing

parallel viewing

To view a parallel pair,relax your eyes focus and try to look “through” your monitor, focusing on an imaginary spot in the distance. I can’t do this myself, but it is said to cause less ey strain than the cross-eyed method.

Making your own stereo anaglyphs (red/blue glasses images) is very simple:

  1. Obtain your stereo pair (RGB)
  2. Open both images in Photoshop
  3. Copy the entire red channel from the left image
  4. Paste that into the red channel of the right image

Anaglyphs are neat, but you will see a much nicer quality image if you employ one of the 2 free-viewing tchniques described above. If you can master parallel viewing, you will have the added benefit of being able to enjoy vintage stereopticon cards without the aid of a viewer.

Setting your pair up for cross-eyed or parallel viewing is simply a matter of placing the 2 images side-by-side. The cross-eyed setup has the left image on the right side and vice-versa, while the parallel arrangement is right on the right, left on the left. My Pentax Optio-s has a built in “3D” mode which will take two sucessive images and plop them together into one parallel file, so that you can print them right out, without any further manipulation, and view them with the little stereopticon type viewing lens that comes with the camera kit.

If you are able to free-view either of the side-by-side pairs on this page using the instructions below the image, then click on the pair for a larger version and witness, in stunning full-color 3D realism, the most glorious employee recognition award ever conceived of, the 1967 Douglas C. Newel, Oakland Tribune “Ace Dealer” paperboy trophy.

14 Responses to “Douglas C. Newell – In Stereo”

  1. vladimer kerchenko Says:

    dude, i tried both ‘manual’ versions couldn’t get my 3-d eyeballs to work. i have a whole case of paper 3d glasses though i can send you some pairs if finkbuilt fans want to view the first image….. purty nifty stuff Seymour!

  2. Charles Schriber Says:

    Just felt like pointing this out.

    I might just be messed up but when I cross my eyes to look at the middle picture the big thing behind the arm comes farther foward than the arm, but when I cross my eyes to look atthe bottom picture it works really well.

    steve says:

    Charles, It sounds like you are not actully crossing your eyes, but rather each eye is taking in the image on its own side of the fence. That is why the parallel pair works for you, but the cross-eyed pair does not.

    Great website!

  3. Ari Says:

    Very cool, Mr. Lodefink! I find the stereo photography of small objects to be the toughest to get right, due to the tighter constraints on separation.

    BTW, other sources of 3D glasses for viewing the first image can be found at:


  4. Brenda Helverson Says:

    I was looking at the cross-eyed view and I put out my hand between my left eye and the screen to block the left image. I was surprised when the stereo image did not disappear. Then I used the other hand to block the right image and the stereo image remained, but this time without the “clutter” of the original images. I see why this works, but I didn’t expect it.


    Brenda, great tip. Masking off the superfluous junk is a nice touch.
  5. BigSep Says:

    Nice post. FYI there is a Anaglyph (Red-Blue 3D Pictures) group on Flickr:

  6. Brenda Helverson Says:

    “Brenda, great tip”

    Thanks, but it’s more of a “gee, I wonder what would happen if I did this . . . . ” I need to experiment more, but I suspect that I would need to move my “aperture mask” (in this case, my hands) into place after I formed the cross-eyed image. Or maybe not.

    Anyway, clicking around on ari3d.com led me to anachorme.com, a site that has really neat 3d pictures and lots of information, although it has the appearance of a crackpot site. Plan to spend some time trying to read the text. However, he does seem to have some neat ideas about 3d cinema.

  7. Hank Says:

    There’s a tool that lets you provide the various kinds of stereo pair from a single set of images, called the Java stereo applet from http://www.stereofoto.de.

  8. Sylt Says:

    Very cool.

    There’s one other viewing option in color I like a lot, though.

    Make an animated gif out of the two images that changes images every quarter of a second. This is a bit shaky, but allows your brain to calculate the 3D effect – it’s also how one-eyed people can still do 3D.

  9. Brian Says:

    The reason why you can view the parallel pair is because you can’t manipulate the images to slide them into each other.

    Here’s how: print out the pictures and cut them apart. now just like using a stereoscope, relax your eyes (like you said focus out into the distance) hold the images at arms length (on a desk looking down say) and slide the images into each other, this should produce your stereo view.

    Most excellent website I might add.

  10. Joe Says:

    What happens if you force a convergence in each view to a common point in space? Have you tried that? I’ve always thought parallel views were the way to go, but I know lots of people who insist that forced convergence is the way to go. I should experiment, myself.

  11. Rob A Says:

    I can free view the smaller parallel image, but not the larger. I believe this is because the larget had a spacing more than that of my eyes, meaning they would have to diverge, rather then just view parallel.

    Like the site BTW. Awesome content.

  12. Ted Lazaris Says:

    Hi: I have one of the Wirgin Stereo Camera, and the shutter is sticking, I was wondering where I could get it repaired. If you should know of a place that does that kind of repair, could you email me at: tedlazar@yahoo.com I would appreciate it. Thanks in advance.

    Ted Lazaris

  13. Tomson Says:

    links to 3D pictures, 3D video, stereophotography, anaglyph etc.

  14. Nick Says:

    I can view both and I prefer cross-eye viewing for the larger images. But parallel is more relaxing. One tip for parallel, I have problems focusing when I’m wearing my glasses, but If I have my contacts in then there’s no problem.

    Also, here’s something fun to do. If you have video footage, and you happen to have a trucking shot – when the camera is moving sideways rather then just panning – then you can take 1 frame and another frame 1 or 2 later and use those as your images. Its really cool to try with some of your favorite movies.