Sunday, March 27, 2011

Flickr Finds :
Okinawa Soba's Photostream

While browsing for interesting pictures at flickr, I came across Okinawa Soba's collection of really old photographs (early 1900's) from around the world - including Philippines.

What's really interesting are the sets of old stereoview photographs. Such pictures produce a 3D effect when viewed in a stereoscope (that's like today's View Master).

You can actually see the 3D effect without a stereograph. Try looking at the pictures above as like looking at those 3D puzzles we have today, you know, those heavily patterned images that creates a 3D image if you stare at it long enough. The technique is to focus your eye on the picture then focus your eyes as if you are looking beyond the picture (like the wall behind your monitor).

But of course with a stereograph you will see a correctly rendered orthoscopic scene. Meaning, viewed in the same apparent size and perspective as if you were actually there.

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