Seeking Early Stereo Cards of Nuneaton and Northern Warwickshire

Continuing his “magnum opus” of 3D AV shows of Warwickshire Past and Present based on the Warwickshire County Record Office’s (WCRO) very large (> 630) collection of chiefly mid 19th century stereo cards, Bob Pryce would very much like to seek help from members. Currently the WCRO collection has almost no stereo cards of northern Warwickshire – especially Nuneaton for example.

Do any members have any such stereo cards which they might be willing to lend to Bob to digitise or digitise them for him to use in future 3D AV shows of the area? If you can help please email Bob.

Keywords: 3D, stereo, cards, images, Warwickshire, Nuneaton, nineteenth century.

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The Society has been bequeathed various photographic items. So that every member has an equal chance to buy these items this auction site has been set up for Society members only.

So that every member has an equal chance of buying this equipment we will have a series of small auctions via our website.

Each auction will offer about six items with a closing date four weeks later.

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Stereoscopic Society London meeting, December 10th 2016

We started the meeting with a presentation of the Third Dimension Society’s 53rd annual Exhibition. As ever, this was full of superb images from Stereographers from around the world and was well received by the meeting.  A preview of 3D-CON 2017 ( Joint ISU congress and NSA convention to be held in Irvine, California, 8 – 14 August) was shown and the background explaind by Harry Atkinson along with details of the eclipse which will occur shortly after the event.  Colin Metherell explained a technique that he uses for assessing depth in projected images. This involves the use of a laser pointer which is pointed at particular parts of the image and is seen “double” as the eyes view the 3D image. excessive separation of the laser dots indicates a possible problem.

After a pleasant  break with suitably festive fare (much provided by Paul Gibbs – Thanks Paul!) we had the Digital Image Competition.

We had 21 entries which meant we had 63 images and, as those  who attended will know, the audience enjoyed 3 viewings – the first two anonymously but with titles for the purpose of enabling them to vote – the last viewing with the addition of the names of the stereographers.  In the event, Bob Pryce was judged to be the winner with his striking image  “Burdock Great Burr”, and Bob will receive a certificate in due course.  Second was Mike Hillyard with “Cordoba Alleyway” and then there was a 5-way tie for third place: Mary Paul with “Misty Trees”; Andrew Holt with “City Aerial”; Mary Paul with “Beamish Trams”; Ian Rawat with “Burren Birds”; and Ian Hastie with “Listening to the Waves”.

Bob Pryce’s winning image “Burdock Great Burr”

All of the images were much appreciated by the audience and I’d like to say a big thank you to all those who submitted entries.  I hope that we will be able to run the competition again in 2017.  If we do, I plan two changes to the format: Numbers as well as titles on each image to aid voting “in the dark”, and  the audience will be asked to choose their favourite 3 images (not ranked).

Mike Hillyard

Coventry October 2016

1 Oct 2016                                 Andrew Hurst
“Crinoline: Fashion’s Most Magnificent Disaster”  talk by special guest Denis Pellerin
Denis Pellerin of the London Stereoscopic Company (LSC) and author of “Crinoline: Fashion’s Most Magnificent Disaster” came as our special guest speaker to the first Coventry meeting of the new season.

Denis gave an extremely interesting talk about this new 3D book which he co-authored with Brian May.  There are many stereo cards which feature ladies in Crinoline dresses, many in humorous poses poking fun at this unusual fashion craze which died a natural death more than 100 years ago, after being responsible for the deaths of thousands – literally fashion victims!

denis-pellerin-crinoline-6cm-300dpiThe Crinoline dress is all about volume and roundness, so is an ideal subject for 3D.
Denis gave us a very interesting history of the Crinoline dress and brought us right up to date with images of modern fashion students who wore their designs at the launch of the book.

Denis also showed us the new OWL Virtual Reality Kit which allows a smartphone to be held in an OWL viewer and a new pocket version of the viewer, the LITE OWL.
We then saw some images from STARMUS festival in the Canary Islands, a festival that celebrates Astronomy and Music.  A special 12 minute stereoscopic journey into space, entitled “Horizons” had been created by Denis and Brian.   This 3-D experience played as an app on smartphones and was viewed in 3-D through the OWL VR kits, and enjoyed by over 1,000 attendees at the festival.  The sound track is a solo guitar piece by Brian.

slide-iphone-brian-and-professor-hawkingThe festival was a tribute to Stephen Hawking to whom Brian helped show  “Horizons” a through an OWL VR.

We would like to thank Denis for an extremely interesting talk and for bringing many of the products to sell.  Go to www.londonstereo.com to view and order online.

After the break there was projection of the ISU’s Digital Club Folio Shows.  These are a diverse selection of 3D images taken by our colleagues from all around the world, showcasing their local 3D clubs.  The shows are put together by Stephen O’Neil from Switzerland who happened to be at the Coventry meeting and able to introduce the shows and explain that the ISU Digital Folios are now available to view in 3D on YouTube and watched on a computer or 3D TV.  www.youtube.com/ISU3D/playlists
To complement the ISU folio we were shown the promotional video for the 21st ISU World Congress which will be held from August 8 to 14, 2017 in Irvine, California, USA in conjunction with the National Stereoscopic Association’s annual congress 3D-Con.  The joint event is being hosted by the LA 3D Club who put on an excellent congress a few years ago with lots to see and do and interesting speakers from Hollywood 3D blockbuster productions. For those wishing to make an extended holiday, a week after the congress there is a Total Solar Eclipse going right across the USA on Monday 21 August 2017.  For information and to register, please go to www.3d-con.com/2017
The afternoon finished with a beautiful show from Takashi Seketani – “Hyperlapse”, a sequence of Hyper 3D images which were also time lapse recording of different scenes around Japan.  This show was one of the award winning shows at the ISU congress last year in South Korea.

There was an excellent turnout for this meeting, thank you to all who came.

Stereoscopic Society Visit to Stoke Bruerne September 10th 2016

Stoke Bruerne is situated on the Grand Union Canal, between Milton Keynes and Northampton. The canal, then known as the Grand Junction Canal, was completed in 1805, linking London and Birmingham.

In spite of a very drizzly day, 8 members of the society, and some wives, met in the café at the Canal Museum at Stoke Bruerne on September 10th 2016. The forecasters said that the weather was promised to improve. After refreshments, we toured the museum, a 3 storey, former store house, beside the canal. Inside was an interesting collection of memorabilia, the history of canal construction, and the companies that ran them. The largest exhibit was a complete living section of a narrow boat, an incredibly cramped space where a family would eat, sleep and work as they travelled along the canals. Nearby were the wonderfully traditionally decorated pots, buckets etc. that the travellers often decorated themselves. Also on display were tools, equipment and models of canal boats.

Many modern canal boat owners had arrived in the village, some in highly decorated boats, in sufficient numbers for a 1940s themed weekend in the village. A group played and sang 1940s tunes in the shelter of a bridge and there were lots of tented displays.

The light rain continued, so we decided to have an early lunch in the Boat pub, opposite the museum. This was a good opportunity to catch up on the latest experimentation in 3D with other members. After an extended lunch, we wandered along the towpath to the entrance of the Blisworth tunnel admiring the boats, but the rain showed no sign of stopping. At the entrance to the tunnel a blacksmith demonstrated his skills and offered his (slightly eccentric) views on things ancient and modern.

With no sign of the weather improving, we walked back to Stoke Bruerne and on to the staircase of locks south of the village, where we helped operate the lock gates for a narrowboat. Then it was back to Stoke Bruerne from where we made our way home, also in the drizzle.

boat-living-quartersBoat living quarters

logjam-of-boatsLogjam of boats.

anyone-for-coffeeAnyone for coffee?

Colin Metherell

Nottingham Convention, 2012

This Nottingham Convention was our 4th Convention and we still feel ourselves to be newcomers. This is not to say that we feel outsiders. No, the Society is a particularly friendly, non cliquish organisation and everybody talks openly to everybody – we very much enjoy this aspect of the Convention and the Society.

As always, the Convention had a number of projection sessions showing AV shows, slides and 3D videos chiefly from our membership but also some from abroad. These were generally of a very good standard and were most entertaining. Additionally there was the now-established AV5, short AV show, competition organised by Barry Aldous – this year won by David Burder for his piece on Royal Marines. The 2012 Exhibition/Competition entries were also shown and, where possible awards were presented. The comfortable, high ceilinged room that we had at the Crowne Plaza was well suited to projection and viewing needs. Projection was of a very high standard – set up and carried out by Andrew Hurst. Andrew, with the able assistance of Robin Williams looking after the audio, seems to have done pretty well everything apart from registration to make the Convention happen and we are extremely grateful to him. For his own business reasons etc he will be unable to do all this work in the future so we have to find new volunteers to take his place. In fact, Andrew’s contribution to the Society in this and many other ways deservedly won him the Martin Wilshire award from last year’s winner, Barry Aldous.

Alongside the main projection activity were several workshops and demonstrations and sales activities from members (listed in the programme details) and these provided a valuable focus for meeting and discussion between members. Some business was done by members disposing of surplus equipment and some items were just given away.

Sunday during the day was spent on two visits: to Newstead Abbey and the elaborate Papplewick (water) Pumping Station both of which were great photo opportunities in the reasonable weather that we had. These excursions were well organised by Greg and Carol Foster who live in Nottingham and were valuable people on the ground for the Convention. We all very much appreciate their contribution to the Convention.

We enjoyed our three days in Nottingham. The hotel and the company were good and we hope to be at next year’s Convention in Cirencester.

Bob & Jane Pryce

Chesterfield Convention, 2011

“I felt that the Chesterfield Convention was the best I have attended” is how one member described this year’s convention and sums up the comments made by many others. The weekend was a great success attended by 82 members, the majority resident in the Chesterfield Hotel, which proved to be a very suitable venue. (With day visitors on the Saturday the number of attendees increased to 92).

Quite untimely the hotel was in the process of changing owners the day we arrived, but the new management and existing staff did everything they could to make our visit as pleasant and trouble free as possible.

The programme for the weekend revolved around three evenings of 3D projection with a variety of shows chosen to exhibit our own members work and give a taste of shows from other countries. Most of the shows were modern digital creations, but a number were recent digital copies of film based shows some members will remember seeing in the past and were able to enjoy again in their new digital format. All the 3D projection was digital using the societies high resolution projectors onto our large 10ft x 7.5ft silver screen, which thanks to the height of the hotel ballroom was able to be mounted at its highest position giving the audience every chance of a great view.

The 3D shows varied from historical stories like “Those who will, may win” by Barry Aldous to surreal fantasy images in “A Fractal Odyssey” by Jerry Oldaker and John Hart from the USA. As well as our own society exhibition shows other member’s images took us from the mountaintops of Snowdonia, to whale watching in the Pacific. One of the most entertaining shows was when David Burder handed out union flags, so the audience could wave along while watching his 3D video of the crowds gathered in London watching the Royal Wedding procession and the Royal Kiss in 3D.

Saturday morning began with the society AGM followed by a display of members’ workshops and sales tables where members found many bargains. The workshop tables spread the knowledge of digital 3D, including macro photography using attachments for the Fuji cameras and 3D video using the JVC camcorder. Steven Bowers joined us from JVC UK and demonstrated their 3D camcorder plugged into a large 3D TV so we could see the results.

During the Saturday afternoon workshops Paul Lund showed us how he photographs insects in flight and David Robinson explained his methods for scriptwriting writing AudioVisual (AV) shows and the art of sound recording. David then showed us how he has put this into practice with his show “Two Eyes Best”, a short AV show he presented at his local camera club to spread awareness and understanding of 3D and our society.

After the workshops the afternoon continued with the AV5 competition, an audience judged competition organised by Barry Aldous to encourage members to produce 3D AV shows, with the requirement that they be no longer than 5 minutes. We judged seven members’ shows, which covered everything from mysterious garden Gnomes appearing in the Australian woods to Bernard Brown’s recent hip operation with several fascinating but gory images. The winner was announced on Saturday evening as Ray McMillan’s excellent “Train”, showing an unusual brick monument of an A4 Pacific railway locomotive.

Saturday evening included some classic Pat Whitehouse wildlife shows and we were also joined by Pat’s daughter and granddaughter; Anne and Mairi (see Anne’s comments below). During the evening a number of awards for the society exhibition were presented and also this years Martin Willsher Award for recent technical contributions to the society was presented to Barry Aldous who among many other things is responsible for digitising many of the Pat Whitehouse shows.

Sunday was our traditional coach outing which this year went to the local attractions of Crich Tramway Village museum and Lea Gardens – a growing rainbow of colours, famous for its displays of rhododendrons and azaleas.

With the successful conclusion of another annual convention the majority of people said their good byes over breakfast on Monday. However about twenty remained on for an informally arranged day out to Chatsworth House which is very nearby and proved very enjoyable.

Andrew Hurst