Dec
09
2008
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More 3D Photos – Side by Side

I’ve had a couple of requests from readers to supply the 3D photos from my post a week or so ago in side by side configuration.

Although anaglyphs are convenient for web posting and viewable by almost anyone, you do require the red/blue glasses to see them. One of the most useful formats for web distribution is the side by side format either in cross eyed or parallel format.

The only difference between the cross eyed and parallel view images is that the cross eye images are supplied with the Right image on the left and the Left image on the Right. I personally find Parallel viewing easier on my eyes so sorry but the following images are all supplied as Parallel view.

To view these images, relax your eyes and try to focus behind your computer monitor. I’ve added dots to the tops of the images which when viewed correctly, you will see a “centre” image with the two dots overlaid on top of each other. This centre image should be in 3D. If you have trouble, make sure your head is level relative to the images.

Give it a go, no special equipment is required (except for two eyes), the only downside is that the images should be on the small side to assist with correct viewing at a normal sitting distance.

Here are all 10 images from my previous post in a side by side format.

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Nov
24
2008
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More 3D Photos

Here are the 3D Photos I promised.

They are from my first test of my dual camera rig. I got off the tube at Piccadilly Circus and walked to the London Eye.

Here are some of the highlights which I felt came out well.

As always, they are all ©2008 John Burns

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Nov
23
2008
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So much Detail….

I can’t get over the detail I’m getting out of my 3D Stereo Photographs. The quality of the photos is just amazing.

Check out this picture..

Here is a crop from the full resolution version (click to see in 1:1 glory)..

It’s just awe inspiring. It’s put a smile on my face and I’m now tempted to take the rig on holiday to France next weekend.

I’ve processed a few other photos. I’ll try and upload them soon – I’ve been really busy lately studying for one of my Microsoft Exams.

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Nov
22
2008
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First Photo with my Dual Camera 3D Rig

I went out a few days back and took a few photos with my new 3D Rig.

The most amazing things are the sharpness and the synchronisation of the two cameras.

Take a look at this photo.

The real devil is in the detail. Here is a crop from it. (click to see in 1:1 glory).

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Nov
19
2008
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3D Photos from my Loreo Lens in a Cap

After my earlier post about the Loreo Lens in a Cap, I decided I’d post a few of my results so you can decide what the lens is like.

Here are a couple of photos I took that did come out OK.

They are all Anaglyphs so require Red/Cyan Glasses.

The photos were all generated using StereoPhoto Maker – Sorry, it’s PC Only.

All photos are (c) John Burns

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Nov
02
2008
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USB Remote Completed

I’ve made my remote, it’s as simple as it gets, with a momentary push switch.

Behold the monstrosity that is my USB camera remote:

It does look like a detonator but I’m hoping when plugged into two cameras it will look less suspicious. At least it doesn’t have a big red button on it!

It’s been tested and appears to be working properly but I’m still yet to get my final setup of the camera software working.

I’ve done a little bit of handywork around one of the usb plugs so I can bend it earlier to get the cameras closer together. I can get the lenses about 100mm apart which should be OK.

I hope to get the software setup on the cameras then I’ll be able to take my first dual camera 3D Stereo Photograph.

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Oct
23
2008
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Making the USB Remote

I’ve picked up my pieces from Maplin and started building my remote.

I’ve been playing around and found that with my cameras, they seem happy receiving 9 volts to trigger them. This makes the circuit very simple.

Disclaimer: USB is supposed to only work on 5 volts, YOU should use 5 volts. The camera ‘should’ have built in regulation to reglate the power supply….I’m not sure but I used 9 volts and it works for me and I took the risk of breaking a camera to try it. In other words, “Do as I say, not as I do.”.

The circuit I was working from is this:

Which was stolen from http://stereo.jpn.org/eng/sdm/quick.htm which has detailed instructions for making the remote and installing the software onto the memory cards.

Basically, the camera can be triggered when 5 volts is supplied across the normal power supply lines.
I’m going to destroy the two cables that came with my cameras and the wires inside that were black and red (as per the USB specification).

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Oct
17
2008
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A few things have arrived

I ordered a few items off the Bay of E and am getting excited about this project.

Here is the Flash Bracket I ordered:

It’s just a straight rail with TWO screws for mounting the cameras.

It’s already starting to look like I know what I’m doing:

(Yes, the cameras are running CHDK, but I’m still getting my head around it before I start posting about it)

I’ll try and get out and pick up the parts from Maplin to make my remote within the next week or so.

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Oct
12
2008
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Dual camera 3D Photography

While back in New Zealand I picked up a couple of the “Canon Ixy Digital 10” digital camera. Yes, it’s actually a Japanese model – I got then through Parallel Imported Ltd who as the name suggests, Parallel Import things.

I had a different project in mind for them at the time (which I still may do) but the main reason for this particular model was it was the most compact camera with a decent resolution (7.1 MegaPixels) which supports CHDK, the Canon Hacker Development Kit.

In a nutshell, CHDK is a modified firmware for the camera with the exception that it’s not actually firmware, it’s software and as such is booted from the memory card. In fact, take the memory card out or format it and the camera will use it’s standard built in firmware.

I wanted to play around with CHDK as it had a very basic scripting functionality which allows you to script (In a BASIC type language) the taking of photos, etc.

Anyway, one of the many branches of the CHDK code, StereoData Maker has been optimized for dual camera 3D photography. It supports a very basic USB interface for a remote switch and can (supposedly) synchronize two cameras pretty closely (something like 1/100 of a second).

I’ve decided to play around with it and will be documenting my results.

Here’s a picture of the two cameras just begging to be played with.

CHDK will allow you to write scripts for super high resolution time-lapse photography, or if you install the motion detection code, you can take photos of Lightning. I suggest checking if your camera is supported and if so, have a play with it. Unfortunately as the name suggests, it’s for Canon cameras Only.

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