Macro Mondays? Time to ramp up close up 3D photography

Yesterday, on a whim, I shot some 3D close ups using my Canon SX1 IS macro wide angle lens feature. One of the examples I posted yesterday, and repeat again in this blog post.

It occurred to me that we do not, exactly, see good 3D with our binocular vision on extremely close up subjects. In fact, when looking at things really close, it may be easier to shut one eye and focus only with the one eye.

Our eyes are too far apart to see good 3D on very tiny objects at very close range. But a camera can take images just millimeters apart, creating beautiful 3D rendering.

Perhaps we should start a new online meme of “#3DMacroMondays” or similar! If you use Google+ and follow any photographers, you know what I mean – there are days for landscapes, portraits and what not.

I know that I am going to start shooting a lot more 3D close ups. Its easy to carry a single camera while hiking and there are plenty of miniature subjects to choose from!

If you do not have a macro capable lens, you could always pick up some inexpensive extension tubes. For example, here are some micro-four-thirds macro extension tubes – I plan to eventually get these for my m43 camera: Macro Extension Tube Set for Micro Four Thirds Cameras

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3D Photo Gallery

Been doing some upgrades to the 3D Photo blog:

When setting up the 3D Photo Gallery I inadvertently found that “importing” a folder of images did not copy them but set a link to them. When I later deleted my initial import, the gallery also deleted all of my 3D photos for the month of September. I think I have restored all of them.

Close up “Macro” #3D photo

This #3D photo was taken with a single Canon SX1 IS high end point n shoot camera in “macro” mode. The macro mode enables extreme close up shots at the wide angle setting of the camera.

The photo was made by taking a single photo for the left image, then moving the camera perhaps 1/2 centimeter to the right and taking another single photo for the right image. For a first try, and that a breeze was blowing making the plant move around(!), this worked out quite well.

I found that this image worked best if I move the front most berries just in front of the screen – in other words, subtly sticking out in front of the screen with the branches right at the viewing plane.

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Perhaps my best 3D depth photo so far

Photograph of the “fishing pond” at the 2012 Spokane Valley Fest. Photographed using two Lumix GH-2 cameras, 14-42mm lens on the 14mm end. I really like how all the “clutter” creates very nice depth in this photo, plus the camera alignment was decent at the time of the shoot 🙂

Use red/cyan glasses for viewing this stereoscopic anaglyph image. Click on the image for a full size photo.

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#3D photo of fishing demonstration, for kids

Spokane Valley Fest, Spokane Valley, WA – September 2012.

Fishing demo (for kids) at the (fake) water fall and pond in Mirabeau Park.

Of interest, the only people to ask me about my 3D camera set up (two Lumix GH-2s on home made mount) were a group of six kids probably 2nd to 4th graders. They asked a lot of very good questions and I carefully explained how 3D photos work – they really wanted to know! One of the kids shared that she has an actual 3D video game system at home, and another showed me that she too had a camera, a quite decent point n shoot type. Good kids! Great enthusiasm for 3D!

Wiggle version (small for Google+ requirements) – click on the image and it will display in a separate window using the 3D wiggle method (no glasses required).


Red/cyan anaglyph version – click on image for full size version.

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Morning Glory in #3D, Yellowstone National Park

This is a red/cyan stereoscopic anaglyph still frame from an HD 3D video. Equipment used was two Canon Vixia HF M301 consumer camcorders on a homemade mount.


I also photographed this as a 3D still image using two Lumix GH-2 cameras. However – notice the problem? The reflection in the pool really messes with the eyes in this 3D image. I think this means we need to be very careful about reflections, whether in water, or bouncing off of cars and windows.


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