John & Anne Wiley

2013/01/06

Happy Valley

Having savored a relaxed flight over the hills to Santa Ynez, I’m in a happy valley today. Well, you might call it a welcome rut. Not just the soaring joy of seeing this riot of fresh green among lingering Fall colors.

2547 Happy Valleys

2547 Happy Valleys

Another part of my happy rut is more experimenting with 3D. Now maybe you didn’t like the one I shared before, or weren’t able to ever see it in 3D, or are concerned about eye strain. Well, close one eye because here are two more. First this cool old barn next to the airport and winery, with grand old oaks in attendance.

2560 Barn-O-Rama

2560 Barn-O-Rama

I’ve spiked it a bit, because I like how it enhances my enjoyment of the dimensionality. If that’s too overdone even when you only look at half of it, here’s a more natural one. Reminds me of scenes in the View-Master some well-off kids had. So maybe I’m enjoying finally having one of my own, with photos taken from beneath the broad wings of Tripp.

5053 Hills, Cachuma, Beyond

5053 Hills, Cachuma, Beyond

In case you’re still reading, couldn’t get the 3D effect with my prior method, and want to try again, I found another trick. Pick a spot in one of the photos, maybe the barn or the lake, and look at it while you cross your eyes like we all did as kids. When you cross them too far you’ll see more than three copies of the image, and too little gets you back to two copies. Go back and forth crossing more and less until you can hold three copies of the image while looking at your target point. I find that after a moment my eyes “lock” and then I can look around that center image without losing the 3D effect. Again, it’s easier if the image is smaller on the screen so you could zoom out if you’re having trouble. But I made these images a bit bigger, so if you click to see the largest versions this cross-eye method might enable you to see it in 3D more easily than the other method. Anyway, I hope you’ve at least enjoyed my fascination with this, and I’ll try to resist sharing any more unless someone requests them – even tho I’ll probably keep playing with them for a while before leaving my happy rut.  🙂

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