Tag Archive: 3D


Review by C.J. Bunce

No photographer is more synonymous with U.S. national parks than John Muir, and the world has marveled at his look at the precious national wonders of America for more than 125 years.  Lesser known are 19th century photographers who crossed the country snapping stereographic–three-dimensional–images of these magical places.  3D Disneyland author David A. Bossert has amassed a collection of vintage stereoscope images spanning several U.S. National Parks, and as with his previous book (reviewed here), he’s converted, cleaned-up, and enlarged those stereoscope cards into 3D anaglyph format.  Now they can be viewed by a new generation via those 1950s movie theater-style 3D red/cyan blue glasses in the former Disney Imagineer’s latest book, 3D National Parks, available for pre-order now here at The Old Mill Press.

Teddy Roosevelt in 3D?  You are going to love the result.  You can almost smell the sulfur burbling from the mudpots or hear the deafening sound of the waterfalls at Yellowstone, as these images of the past snap to life before your eyes.

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Review by C.J. Bunce

If you love history and the idea of time travel, scientists and writers have provided mankind with several options to bridge the two.  Maybe you don’t think of it as time travel, but written history for millennia has allowed humans to see the past through the eyes of our ancestors.  Since the 1840s, early photography has allowed us to literally see the past.  Early cinema came in the subsequent decades, and both photography and cinema made it possible for we future beings to see the past in color.  With Victorian ingenuity, we could see the past in three dimensions.  Almost from the inception of photography, stereoscopic viewers brought three dimensions to audiences by 1840, thanks to Charles Wheatstone.  Cinema followed, thanks to a stereoscope release of George Méliès’ 1902 movie A Trip to the Moon.  By the 1950s anyone could preserve life in the moment for future generations via stereo cameras, and every kid marveled at easy to view View-Master reels documenting life across time and space, even via 3D images taken from the actual Apollo missions to the Moon.  We’ve come a long way from old fashioned stereoscope viewers, but the same awe can be found in the new book 3D Disneyland: Like You’ve Never Seen It Before (available now here at Amazon), a decades past look inside a beloved theme park, including its Tomorrowland and its mid-century modern art movement-inspired world.

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Review by C.J. Bunce

Ancient philosophers have discussed the concept for millenia: What is the nature of life?  Are we part of the plan of an architect of all things or do we have a say in our future?  The latest exploration of this subject uses science fiction stories as analogies to these unanswered questions in The Simulated Multiverse, by Rizwan Virk.  Virk skips over the scientific method to dabble in ideas of pseudoscience like Erich von Däniken or an episode of In Search Of…, blending bits of the history of science with the “what ifs” of a Dan Brown novel, James Rollins’ The Last Odyssey, or the Wachowskis’ The Matrix.  It’s an interesting trip full of elements that are integral to understanding much of pop culture fiction.  The book’s impetus is an obscure postulate by science fiction’s own Philip K. Dick, and the conversation interconnects everything from Sliders to Star Trek.

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Each member of Queen was on another career path when they formed their band at the beginning of the 1970s: Freddie Mercury had been in art school, guitar player Roger Deakins studied electrical engineering, drummer Roger Taylor was in dental school, and guitarist Brian May studied astrophysics.  Years later May would go on to earn his doctorate in the field, and the rock star comes full circle this week blending a childhood hobby with his band and his passion for space science with the release of two new books: Mission Moon 3-D: A New Perspective on the Space Race and Queen in 3-D: Second Edition Many fans of Queen may not be aware that May had a unique passion for taking three-dimensional photographs.  He took 3-D photos as a young boy and transitioned to a 3-D camera as they became popular in the 1950s, and when Queen started to tour he continued.  The result is 300 previously unpublished 3-D photographs, capturing the history of Queen from the early 1970s to present day.  May has updated the book with more 3-D images, including images he took on the set of the new biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, and the premiere release of this updated edition is timed with the release of the film this week in the UK and next week in the U.S.

The first history of any rock group created in 3-D and written by a band member, Queen in 3-D was a labor of love for May.  The photographs include shots taken on stage, behind the scenes, on the road, and during leisure time.  May shares recollections of his bandmates for the first time.  The book is particularly unique in its coverage of Freddie Mercury, who was normally shy and private, but comfortable and even playful when May brought out his camera.  The book is the result of a project he worked on during nights while touring with the band, and continuing on with a company he founded, The London Stereoscopic Company Ltd (check it out at www.londonstereo.com), which sells books, viewers, and more, sharing a passion for 3-D imagery across every subject.

Dr. May put his astrophysics knowledge and interest in the space race to good use as we approach next summer’s 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, releasing this week his next 3-D book project, Mission Moon 3-D: A New Perspective on the Space RaceWritten by May and David J. Eicher (editor of Astronomy Magazine), the authors narrate the story of Apollo and space travel leading to Apollo 11’s lunar landing in July 1969.  The Apollo astronauts were trained to take 3-D images, but primarily Dr. May researched NASA archives to sort thousands of images to present the same image in stereoscope form which, when viewed with his patented Lite Owl viewer (a viewer accompanies each book), provide full, detailed 3-D images.  The same science behind the human eye and camera fundamentals applied to the 19th century with the popularity of the stereoscope camera and viewer as with May’s use of 3-D images included in his books.

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New View-Master 2015

More than one billion View-Master reels reflecting at least 10,000 different topics had been put into circulation since the first mass-produced 3D viewers were manufactured in Portland, Oregon back in 1939.  We spent many hours with our standard black “Model-C” 1946 Sawyer reel viewer–the original version of what is still sold today–and the 1952 View-Master personal stereo camera that allowed anyone to create their own photographic reels.  What kid didn’t own the 1970s classic red, complete with reels of vacation destinations like Yellowstone and Mount Rushmore, movies like Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Tron, The Muppet Movie, and Harry Potter films, and TV shows like Doctor Who, M*A*S*H, and Popeye?

This weekend Mattel, the current owner of the View-Master brand, is announcing at Toy Fair 2015 in New York City the next stage in 3D viewing with its 2015 View-Master virtual reality digital viewer.  Using Google Cardboard virtual reality technology, the new viewers will sport a similar design to the classic viewers, this time allowing a smart phone to slip into the case instead of their trademark reels.  Only a prototype is being shown at Toy Fair, however the Google Cardboard technology will demonstrate how newly designed reels in the new plastic viewer will allow anyone to have a 360 degree, immersive 3D experience.

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