Critters in Stereo.
Digital Stereos for Cross-Eyed Viewing.
by Donald E. Simanek.This page requires a monitor width of at least 1000 pixels in order to see both images for cross-eyed stereo viewing. Since the photos also have large vertical dimension, it helps to toggle the "full screen" view (F11 in Windows). However, if you haven't mastered that viewing method, these may also be appreciated as 2d flat photos. All are copyright by Donald Simanek. Most were taken with a homebuilt 3d digital camera attachment described in 3d Gallery Four.
For instructions on free-viewing 3d by the cross eyed method, see the How to View 3D page.
Wildlife exposed unposed.I admire the work of stereo photographers who control their shooting environment so that every leaf and every animal's hair is perfectly composed. I haven't that much patience. I prefer to stalk critters in their natural environment, going about their usual business.
This approach preserves the look of natural settings. But you have almost no control over backgrounds and foregrounds. In close-up macro stereo you have limited depth of focus. The limited range of sharpness can be thought of as a defect, but also it can minimize the distraction of a "busy" background, and somehow seems more "natural" than stereos taken with multiple exposures and processed with image-stacking software.
These two deer seemed to want their picture taken. After moving off to a safe distance they posed motionless for several minutes, as if curious about what I was up to. Taken with the Fuji W-1 3d, and 3x telephoto setting. They seemed to know they were safe in a state park, and it wasn't yet hunting season anyway.
Two swans, rehearsing for Swan Lake. These had paused in their annual migration to spend a few days on a shallow pond in a cornfield. Note that they have leg bands and wing bands. The pond was temporary, from a recent creek flood, and as it shrank, the swans decided to depart for elsewhere.
This larva of a Monarch butterfly is busily eating some plant I didn't identify. They usually like milkweed, but none were in sight at this location.
Normally it isn't considered good stereo composition to have any object protruding nearer than the picture "frame", but here I think it adds interest.
This picture could be called "lunch munch at the salad bar". All of the pictures of this caterpillar were taken with the Fuji W-1 3d and my prismatic macro adapter, plus close-up lenses.
I rescued this praying mantis from a near-death experience as I was mowing the lawn. It flew into a nearby ornamental maple tree, which made it challenging to get a good angle for a photo. Taken with the Fuji W-1 3d and my prismatic macro adapter. Here 3d has an advantage over 2d, for it separates the subject from the background.
This farm cat cooperated for only two pictures before departing for elsewhere. No time for careful composition. Black animals are difficult photo subjects. The Fuji W-1 3d camera was set on "auto".
A bunny, exploring its new world.
All pictures on this page © 2010 by Donald E. Simanek.
More cross-eyed stereos in 3d Gallery One.
Reverberant flash for shadowless lighting.
Donald E. Simanek