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Okay, so this has very little to do with comedy.. nothing, really. But it's kinda fun (I think). And at least as un-boring as mellowpuma's pumpkin carvings (which I thought were brilliant, by the way). 

I recently posted some "3D" animated gifs I created from stereo pairs of images taken on an old Stereo Realist camera. They sort of work, but their 3D-ness is pretty limited. The best way to optimize the 3D effect of stereo pairs is to view them in a dedicated viewer. Any of you who had a ViewMaster toy as a kid will be familiar with this principle, whereby viewing two overlapping images taken from slightly different angles results in the perception of depth, allowing you to see "into" the picture. 

An alternative to using a viewer is the "cross-eyed" method, with which you can see the 3D effect by "manually" superimposing one image on the other by crossing your eyes. It takes a bit of practice, but once mastered it's an easy way to view 3-dimensional images on your computer screen. 

Here's how to do it:

Sit squarely in front of your monitor, with the image directly in front of you, at about arm’s length.

While keeping the stereo pair of images in the centre of your vision, slowly cross your eyes. It may help if you try to pick out a main feature and then bring that feature in each of the two images together to the same spot. 

It may also help to hold your finger up and focus on the tip while slowly bringing it toward your nose. As you do this you may see the images line up together just above your fingertip. 

Ignore the fuzzy images on either side and focus on the center one. You can even cup your hands around your eyes to block the side images and make it easier to see the central 3D one. (If someone walks in on you, you'll look pretty silly, but at least you're not masturbating.)

You might also try tilting your head slightly from side to side for fine horizontal adjustment.

With a bit of practice you should be able to snap into focus fairly easily to get the stereoscopic 3-D effect. You can then actually 'look around' in the picture without losing focus.

(For all the following images, opening them to full size on a new page will give you the best results.)

Okay, here's a fairly easy one to get started with. Cross your eyes until the boats are both in the same spot. 

Cool, eh?

Here's another. Check out the bug that flew into the top of the frame just as I was releasing the shutter. 

Getting the hang of it?

Here's one that I like to imagine as an elfen stairway, somewhere in the forest of Lothlórien. 

And since there's now fungus among us, here's another one I found in the same woods. 

This next one is from Sukhothai Historical Park in Thailand. It looks tranquil, but notice that the middle part of Sukhothai is 'hot', and was it ever!

Back in cooler climes, here are a couple of pics depicting autumn's splendour. 

Looks like I'm out of space, so I guess that's all folks. You may uncross your eyes now. (Unless, as your mother warned you, they are now stuck that way.) 

Hope you enjoyed the pics. 

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Comment by mellowpuma on August 22, 2015 at 5:12am

pumpkins will return when the time is the time of the pumpkins.  you know that month with the pumpkins and the beatings if they are not carved correctly.  i have so much trouble remembering the name of that month, or what happens during it, for some reason.

i tried so hard, but i just kept seeing two sailboats.  i have failed you.  let me know when i can arrive at your house to seppuku myself in shame.

Comment by KariGrant on July 8, 2015 at 2:51pm

weird. Since I went blind I can't cross my eyes anymore. I did find the little man in the boat, which is more than I can say for some of you.

Comment by Mervin97 on July 4, 2015 at 12:06pm

very cool (and I was masturbating while doing it) great pictures 

Comment by Frodoh on July 1, 2015 at 6:27pm

Nice piece, Mac––and as a bonus, I think you've cured my mono!

Comment by Ian on July 1, 2015 at 6:14pm


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