WHAT ARE ANAGLYPHS?

Put simply anaglyphs are pictures that create an illusion of depth by the taking of two pictures of the same subject slightly apart from each other.

Very popular with the Victorians in the form of stereograms and also often found in childrens comics (which is where you may find some 3d specs). Some films have also been released in 3d, Jaws and Shrek to name but two, and the anaglyph has found a little resurgance with the popularity of the internet. They are very easy to do and fun too.

There are many 3d websites to find and you may find it becomes a bit more than a hobby once you get the hang of it.

To find out how to create anaglyphs click here and for more on anaglyphs click here.

 

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HOW CAN I MAKE ANAGLYPHS?

Ok, initially you need to choose your subject and take two pictures of it. At first choose something simple and static, like a chair. It's also a good idea to be able to place your camera on a flat surface so the camera keeps the same trajectory when you move it to take the second picture.

As a rough guide, for anything that is up to 20-30 metres away the second picture should be taken about 8-12cm to the right of the first. When taking close ups you only need to move the camera sideways a centimetre or less. With landscapes it gets much more difficult to measure, but I tend to use the method of for every one kilometre distance the subject is away from you take the second picture 1 metre to the right of the first picture. As I said all this is a very rough guide and you're better off experimenting with your own methods and learning from there.

Once you've taken your pictures you need to download them to your computer, making sure you remember which one was the left one and which was the right one. I always take the left one first so I know the second picture is always the right one.

The next step is to convert them so one is tinted red and the other blue, green or cyan. Blue or green if you want to create black & white anaglyphs or cyan for colour.

You could use an anaglyph maker, such as my own custom made, easy to use, Woolly Anaglyph Maker ( click here to go to the download page) I started with z-anaglyph until I had my own software built. Tthere are many available. If you are a photoshop user and have plenty of spare time you could tint them and layer them yourself. There are many websites telling you how to do this. It's something I have done from time to time but I find using the Woolly Anaglyph Maker is much quicker.

 

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WHERE CAN I GET A PAIR OF 3d GLASSES?

You can buy them directly from me by clicking here!

They are also available in childrens magazines and comics from time to time. If you bought the Shrek special edition dvd you would have had a few pairs included. The internet shows many sites, like this one, where you can purchase a pair. This site in the USA say they will send you a free pair. It's also worth looking at Ebay.

For this website the ideal type to use are red/cyan glasses. The other types, red/blue or green, are mainly used for black & white pictures. To be able to see more of the colour the red/cyan ones are better suited.

You can make your own. Typing in how to make anaglyph glasses in a search engine will bring up lots of sites showing you how to do this.

If you see me taking 3d photos of your town or village then introduce yourself, I often carry anaglyph glasses on me to give away and, if I don't have any, I'll always take your details and send you some FOC.

 

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WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO VIEW THE PICTURES?

Once you have put your glasses on, with the red lens over the left eye, sit back from your screen a little (about half a metre) and keep still. The 3d image should appear quite quickly.

Some images, distant views for example, may take a little longer for the 3d effect to work. If you are having difficulty seeing the 3d try focusing on one object in the picture and, hopefully, the rest of the picture should appear in 3d too.

You may also find it's best to set your monitor to full screen by pressing F11 on your keyboard.

Don't worry if you are unable to see the 3d at all. It doesn't work for everyone. Unfortunately, if you are colour blind you will have problems.

I do advise regular breaks to give your eyes a rest. I suggest a break every 15 minutes.

 

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HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN TAKING 3d PHOTOGRAPHS?

I started taking anaglyphs in the autumn of 2002. I was inspired by Pierre Gideon's web site and, as soon as I learned how to do it, was hooked.

Initially I took pictures of my house and garden to get the idea, some of my early pictures (see below) don't look so good now but its all part of the learning process. I only had one camera so I could only photograph subjects that wouldn't move, churches for example (that's also why so many of the early images are void of people). I also fashioned an attachment to connect to a tripod so I could keep the camera pointing in the right direction when I moved it across for the second picture. After getting the hang of this I decided to invest in a second camera so I could take pictures with moving subjects. This proved to be a bit tricky at first as I had to press the shutter on both cameras at exactly the same time. Again, after a bit of practise, I got to grips with it. Eventually I learnt to do away with the tripod altogether. Most of my pictures are now taken hand held.

After building up a small collection of 3d pictures a project began to take shape all by itself. I gave it some thought and decided to make an attempt to record all the villages and towns of Somerset in 3d. Every Sunday I would venture off around the county, turning off of the main highways, and discover lots of quaint and well kept towns and villages.

Eventually I thought all these pictures ought to be available to view to everyone and so the idea of the web site was born. After obtaining quotes that out stretched my income I decided to learn how to build my own web site, and here we are.

 

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TREE AT TORR WORKSLOGSBARNDEAD TREESME AT HOME

 

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WHY ARE THERE SO MANY PICTURES OF CHURCHES?

Churches are fabulous subjects for 3d. There are so many features that lend themselves to 3d. They also keep still so are easy for creating anaglyphs with just the one camera.

I've always been fascinated by churches anyway so they seemed the ideal subject when I started this project. As I travelled around the county I was more and more curious to discover the next village church.

Although not religious myself I always respect those that are and treat the buildings with the courtesy they deserve.

There are pictures of other buildings and houses and these are featured too.

Landscapes will also feature more and more as the site grows

I can only encourage you to keep returning to the web site to check out the up-dates.

 

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WHY ISN'T THERE MORE INFORMATION GIVEN ON THE TOWN/VILLAGE?

Well, the idea of this site is first to entice you, and then to encourage you to visit these wonderful places to see things for yourselves. Overseas visitors to the site, understandably, will not be able to visit these places so easily, but it may encourage them to holiday in Somerset one day.

If you do decide to visit our wonderful county please ensure you respect the local land owners by keeping to the footpaths, leaving gates as you find them and follow the countryside code.

If you are from one of the villages featured and would like a link to your home town/village web site then please drop me a line with the url address and I'll paste the link in the relevant space.

 

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WHY ISN'T MY TOWN/VILLAGE FEATURED?

It's taken me three years of travelling around the county to get this far. Up to the end of July 2010 I have recorded in 3d nearly 300 towns & villages resulting in well over 6,000 pictures being placed online.

The web site started with 44 locations featured leaving me plenty available to be able to up-date the site regularly.

As the county has more than 700 towns and villages I have a lot of work to do before this project will be finished. So, give me time and your town or village WILL be featured. The cities of Bristol, Bath and Wells will also feature one day in the future, but for now this site will be for the towns and villages.

For the record I consider Somerset to be one county. I am taking no notice of the boundaries for Bath & North East Somerset or North Somerset.

 

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THANK YOU

Angel, Shaz Smith, Stewart Hall, Wendy King, Elaine Sage, Steve Sage, David Wills, Owen Starr, Clive Rowland.

for all your help, support & encouragement in the creation of this web site.

 

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