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Viewing Directions
Our 2002 in Thunderbird Blue with Performance White Top
Classic T-bird - Beginner level viewing with directions //
Classic T-bird - larger photos - //
Diecast model // & X
Page 2 Stereo // & X
Page 3 Stereo // & X
Page 4 Stereo // & X
Page 5 Stereo
02 T-bird Ad Car // & X
Concept at Kansas 1999
Stereo Viewing Directions


Older scenic stereos - //
Gardens - // & X

Bored?? try this out - it will waste your time quickly and you will enjoy the effect.

btw - this page is set up for a monitor display at 1024 by 768 pixels  and 32 bit color for best viewing

I enjoy photography and making stereo photos whenever possible with just a single lens camera.  Cars are a great subject so will do them frequently.  It is possible to view these stereos with your "naked" eye, i.e. without any aids, and still get the stereo effect.  There are 2 methods used to view them this way - it's called "free" viewing.  FYI: You already see in Stereo if you have two good eyes - your depth perception.  These two methods change your focal points when looking at objects.

The first method is the parallel method which is typically how you find photos set up to view with a hand held stereo viewer (stereo optican).  The normal maximum size that you will find these photos in is about 3 1/2 inches to 4 inches per photo as that is just about the maximum width that your eyes can handle with this method.  There are cheap lens on the market that allow you to view parallel sets of photos if you don't want to train your eyes (and brain) to do this method. Use the internet and search for "stereo photos" or "3-D photography"

How to view with the parallel method:
(same as for the 3-D computer art )
HOW TO: Stare at center black division and let your eyes relax. With a little practice, you will be able to fuse the two photos into one and see the picture in "3-D." You will feel like your eyes are looking beyond the images at first. Your "focal point" will be "behind" the image. When you're finally able to view the 3-D image you may notice the two original images off to the sides (don't look at them!!). This imaging is a lot easier to bring into focus than the 3-D computer artwork that has been so popular in the past decade. Once you are practiced at this, you will be able to view the 3-D effect anywhere from 8 inches to 3 feet or more away from the screen.
For Practice, try out this photo in 2 sizes - the smaller one will be easier to do at first.

(hint -  scroll so that you only see 1 set of photos)

this is a willow green 57 Thunderbird with a custom made hunter green soft top
Photo taken on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia

The second method is called "Cross-eyed" viewing and it's the method I now prefer to view stereos in but it will not work on photos set up for parallel viewing as the photos are reversed since your focal point is changed for this method.  It will be in front of your set of pictures instead of behind, thus reversing how your brain sees the images.  This method takes more practice than the // viewing technique but once you have mastered it, you will understand why it is my choice for viewing photos.  With this method you can view images that are larger than 4" in width and see much more detail in the photos.

HOW TO for X-eyed Viewing:   For this method, your focal point for viewing image will be in FRONT of the image. The easiest way to establish this focal point is to hold a pencil or finger or other pointed object (not responsible for your misuse) in front of your eyes about 8 inches (20cm). Stare at the point with the image in the background. As your eyes become accustomed to keeping track of the point, you will start to notice the background stereo pictures to merge together forming a third picture.  The middle image will appear in 3-D. When you are comfortable viewing the images in this fashion, you will notice that you can "look" at various points in the image. The advantage of this method over parallel viewing is that you can look at larger stereos and get more detail. Stereos set up for "crossed eye" viewing are positioned in the reverse order from the normal, old-fashioned, parallel stereos. You will not get the proper effect if you look at a parallel photo set using the crossed eye method. You will find X-eyed photo sets on the internet but rarely on paper.
.Click on any of the photos below to view them with the X-eyed method:
 Above photo taken at Verizon offices at DFW, Texas June 2002 Above photo taken in my driveway June 2002
Above photo taken at friend's home with their white Chrysler TC by Maserati in the background - July 2002 Above photo taken at the CTCI convention in Parsippany, NJ July 1, 2002
Above photo taken in Plano in July, 02 Above photo taken on the Blue Ridge Parkway on July 2, 2002 in Virginia

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