Welcome to the 3rd Dimension

This week our task was taken from a blog I read on the DPS website about creating 3D images. To read for yourself click here, it is easier than it sounds.

In order to see the 3D images you will need to use a 3D viewing technique. WARNING: It’s important to state right up front, that there is a small potential risk to your health with this 3D viewing technique. The risk is very small, but I must cover myself. If you have any known problems with your eye muscles, I recommend that you do not attempt this technique. If you experience any light-headedness, headaches or other symptoms, STOP IMMEDIATELY and rest your eyes. Everyone will likely experience some slight eye fatigue when learning this technique, so it is very important to rest your eyes regularly, and only look at 3D images for short periods of time. Even once you have perfected the technique, do not over-exert your eyes. You have been warned. If you attempt to learn this technique, you agree not to hold me responsible for any ill fortune that befalls you as a result.

The 3D viewing technique (taken from Neil Creek Photography):

  • Sit square in front of your monitor, with the image directly in front of you, at about arm’s length
  • Sitting further back makes it easier – you don’t need to cross your eyes as much – but makes the image look smaller
  • Make sure you keep your head level horizontally, tilting your head will prevent you from merging the images
  • While keeping the pair of images in the center of your vision, slowly cross your eyes
  • The stereo pair will go out of focus and you will seem to see four images
  • If you find it hard to cross your eyes, it can help to hold a pen in front of you and look at the tip with the pair in the background
  • Gradually cross your eyes more and more – if using a pen to assist, start it close to the monitor and move it towards your nose
  • Continue crossing your eyes more, until the center two of the four images overlap and you see three blurry images
  • Try and hold the center image together – it is possible to “lock” it in place and see it as one image
  • The “locked” centre image should appear in 3D!
  • Now the tricky part, focus – while holding the 3D image in place, relax your eyes – drop the pen from your field of view if you are using it
  • If you can keep the 3D image locked and relax your eyes, it should eventually pop into focus

Check out my 3D images!

I also tried some 3D HDR images. They didn’t turn out as well as I thought but they still kinda cool.

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