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February 5, 2008

Small Works

NYSS member Pat Courtney has a stereo print in the 31st annual Small Works exhibition. The show is at New York University's 80 Washington Square East Galleries through March 14, 2008. You may remember Pat's Williamsburg View-Masters projected at one of our first meetings, or her 3D images shown at the Pierogi Gallery in the late 1990s.

February 7, 2008

Photorefractive Polymers make Rewritable Holograms Faster and Better: Ars Technica

Ars Technica has a piece on a new polymer-based material that significantly speeds up the process of making holograms, developed by researchers at the University of Tuscon. Their results are being published in the current issue of Nature.


The new material is comprised of photorefractive polymers. These chemicals have photoelectric properties that make them well-suited to storing the optical interference patterns used to produce holograms. When a photorefractive polymer is exposed to a pattern of bright and dark areas, electrons are released from the areas exposed to high-intensity light and migrate to areas that are darker. Once in place, the electron-rich areas diffract light differently from the electron-poor ones, allowing the original interference pattern to be reproduced when the material is exposed to light.

The paper describes using the new device for two different types of holograms. One is simply the storage of a three dimensional image produced by traditional holographic methods. The second, holographic stereography, reveals the technique's full potential. In this case, stacks of two-dimensional image data, such as those produced by MRIs, CAT scans, and topographical data, can be encoded into the photorefractive material material in such a way that the human visual system can interpret the resulting hologram as a full, three dimensional reconstruction.

For the complete article, go here.

Why 3D is About to Break Through, explains the BBC


Mark Ward, the technology correspondent of the BBC news website has an excellent article and video that explains why 3D enthusiasts should be happy: our niche interest is about to explode into the mainstream.

For a long time 3D movies and TV shows have been a bit of a gimmick. They have been used to re-energise a tired franchise, help a film stand out at a crowded box office or to give TV viewers a glimpse of what the future might hold.

But many in the 3D production industry now say that future may be closer than ever before. Film makers, technology companies and post-production outfits recently gathered at the historic Shepperton Studios to assess just how far 3D has come and where it goes next.

The 3D technology gathering favour is based around stereoscopic projection. As its name implies this involves projecting two images. The viewer wears spectacles that ensure one image goes to each eye and lets the brain piece the two together to give the sense of solidity.

"3D has always been seen as complicated because you had technical issues during acquisition, post-production and distribution," said Mark Horton from Quantel - a maker of digital editing equipment. "Now we have digital acquisition and digital distribution and digital projection systems a lot of those problems have gone away," he said.

For the complete article, go here.

February 8, 2008

Winter NY Stereo Society Meeting

Thursday, February 21, 7pm
Kaufmann Auditorium, American Museum of Natural History
use the 77th street entrance

Highway USA (and us)

Just over 10 years ago, we presented this classic show at the organizational meeting of the NY Stereo Society. It was produced by the Barber-Greene paving company in 1948, with narration by Paul Harvey, and shown around the country at fairs and civic meetings to pitch the idea that building highways is a good thing. It seems to have been a success.

Members are invited to respond to this ode to the open road in America with your own postcard-like pictures of natural parks, urban wonders, pretty girls and cars. Drop a note to info (at) ny3d dot org so we can plan for your Realist-format slides. Vintage collections and your own work are welcome. After the show we'll migrate to some nearby establishment for anniversary libations.


This Realist-format conversion of the original Kodachrome plates is shown courtesy of the National Stereoscopic Association.

February 21, 2008

Upcoming Events of the New York Stereoscopic Society

Mid-March a special event is being planned; tentative date is Wednesday, March 12. Look for an announcement on the site and an email broadcast to NYSS members.

Preservation Dialog – From Stewart Wetlands to the Ocean
Saturday, April 12, 2:00 pm
Kaufmann Auditorium, American Museum of Natural History

NYSS members Lynn Butler and Ed Jameson have put together two shows that resonate with the Museum's current exhibition, H2O = Life. Lynn's atmospheric images were inspired by her walks in the Stewart Wetlands near Newburgh, New York. Water filtered through those wetlands ends up in the ocean, where Ed has been making 3D images for many years. Our special guests will be members of SPARC, the coalition that lobbied successfully to save the wetlands, which are now a part of Stewart State Forest.

The 3D Comics event is brewing for late May or early June. Some wonderful ideas have been discussed.

Boris Starosta has offered to present Reis's Pieces, his 3D picture story about the work and the workplace of glass artist Christopher Reis. This will probably happen late summer or early fall, 2008.

Demand is growing for a Workshop on Digital Stereo, with interest in shooting digitally, scanning film, and projecting.

Please let us know if you can help organize or participate in any of these events. Contact us via email at info (at) ny3d.org

February 22, 2008

Be Kind Rewind Film Club - 3D Chapter!


Deitch Projects invites New York Stereoscopic Society members to shoot 3D images in their interactive exhibition Be Kind Rewind, on view through March 22. The installation includes a recreation of the video store and "back lot" that are featured in the new Michel Gondry film Be Kind Rewind. Make a reservation, and you and a crew of up to 5 people can use the sets, props and costumes that are available to make your own short film or picture story.

About the project, Gondry states, “I don’t intend nor have the pretension to teach how to make films. Quite the contrary. I intend to prove that people can enjoy their time without being part of the commercial system and serving it. Ultimately, I am hoping to create a network of creativity and communication that is guaranteed to be free and independent from any commercial institution.”

More details about the film club are here. When you make your reservation, be sure to mention that you are from the Stereoscopic Society, as they invited us to participate and are eager to see 3D interpretations of the work.

February 28, 2008

Synch Two Canon Compact Cameras up to 1/20,000 sec with StereoData Maker


Twinned digital cameras are obviously the future of 3D photography. While there are ready-made solutions available (from sources like 3D Concepts), the current generation are either expensive ($1,500–$2,000) or require hacking your digicams in ways that are beyond the comfort level (read: void warrantee) and skill set of most shooters.

Now David Sykes (author of the documentation for Masuji Suto's programs) offers an inexpensive way to twin a variety of Canon point-and-shoot cameras that requires only SD card-based software, USB cables, a switch, a battery and a mount (like a slide bar).

"StereoData Maker(SDM) provides on-screen stereo information for certain Canon compact cameras and can save the data to file. It can synchronise twinned cameras up to 1/20,000 sec and synch flash at shutter-speeds up to 1/1000 sec."

The webpages are hosted by Masuji and further details may be found here:

There are also galleries of images taken by Masuji using SDM and an A570IS twin-rig here:

and some cropped images with 'through-the-window' effects here:

On Flickr, Roger Harris offers an overview and some interesting links, here.

Click on the thumbnails below to see some parallel pairs from Masuji's site.

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