3D Wobble Gifs

I saw some very good 3D wobble GIFs made from old American Civil War stereograph images on the Civil War blog Dead Confederates, and decided I'd try my hand at it...

To start, I used an old Loreo Lens In A Cap I had on hand to take left and right photos onto 35mm film. The film was developed, and the scanned JPG images were brightened and slightly modified with Photoshop.

The dual-image was then split in two, the left and right images being cropped out of the file and being saved individually. After this, they were brought into two separate layers in Photoshop. The transparency of the top image layer was set to 50% (this was usually the right image, but it didn't really matter). Then, part of the top image was shifted to overlap the bottom image, and the top image's transparency was reset back to 100%.

Once this was done, I clicked WINDOW > ANIMATION and then MAKE FRAMES FROM LAYERS from the ANIMATION panel menu. This brings the images from the two layers (left and right images) onto the animation panel. By default, each animation frame is initially set to 0 seconds; this was usually changed to 0.1 second for the left and right image frames (for nausea-inducing GIFs, this was slowed down to 0.2 seconds).

Upon saving the resulting Photoshop PSD file, the animated GIF was generated by clicking FILE > SAVE FOR WEB & DEVICES.

Elbow Falls, Alberta (Jan 2013)

The first few turned out pretty well...

Picnic table by Elbow River in January (3D wobble gif). Elbow Falls, Alberta Uprooted tree by Elbow River in January (3D wobble gif). Elbow Falls, Alberta Picnic table by Elbow River in January (3D wobble gif). Elbow Falls, Alberta Trees by Elbow River in January (3D wobble gif). Elbow Falls, Alberta Roots and embankment by Elbow River in January (3D wobble gif). Elbow Falls, Alberta Bench by Elbow River in January (3D wobble gif). Elbow Falls, Alberta

I'm less happy with the next couple taken at the top of the falls...

Top of Elbow Falls, Alberta in January (3D wobble gif). Top of Elbow Falls, Alberta in January (3D wobble gif).

Not bad, but the strobe effect on the pine trees is distracting.

Top of Elbow Falls, Alberta in January (3D wobble gif).

Ugh.

Cave by Elbow Falls, Alberta in January (3D wobble gif).

A bit of strobing on the trees, but the waterfall looks good.

Elbow Falls, Alberta in January (3D wobble gif). Elbow Falls, Alberta in January (3D wobble gif).

One of the best ones here. Animation set to 0.2 seconds to reduce viewing nausea.

Rock ledges at Elbow Falls, Alberta in January (3D wobble gif).

A few more.

Elbow Falls, Alberta in January (3D wobble gif). Grassy rock ledge at Elbow Falls, Alberta in January (3D wobble gif). Elbow Falls, Alberta in January (3D wobble gif). Elbow River downstream from Elbow Falls, Alberta in January (3D wobble gif). Elbow Falls, Alberta

One of my favorites.

Elbow Falls, Alberta in January (3D wobble gif).

Edworthy Park. Calgary, Alberta (Jan 2013)

Bridge to Edworthy Park, Calgary, Alberta in January (3D wobble gif). Bridge to Edworthy Park, Calgary, Alberta in January (3D wobble gif). Bridge to Edworthy Park, Calgary, Alberta in January (3D wobble gif).

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (Jan 2013)

Unfortunately, the film-loading canister at the developer's had a small crack, allowing light to leak onto the first exposure of each roll.

Mermaid & merman statues (3D wobble gif). Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

The best one here, IMO. Not sure who the living statue is supposed to be, though.

Winged gladiator living statue (3D wobble gif). Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Meh. You really need more of a background for these to work.

Dolphins statue (3D wobble gif). Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Next time: use flash to reduce noise in underexposed areas.

Mexican dancers statue (3D wobble gif). Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Mexican dancers statue (3D wobble gif). Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Bronze arms furiously scrubbing laundry.

Mexican washerwoman statue (3D wobble gif). Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.