This week at Macquarie Island: 13 December 2019

A cross eyed view of life at Macca

Macca in stereovision

A long time ago, on a larger island far, far away, a friend of mine was given a stereo image viewer as a birthday gift and he introduced me to the world of three-dimensional (3D) photography.

This winter on Macquarie Island I've been experimenting with stereo photography as well as building a stereoscope to view the images.

My first stereo photography rig was a pair of identical pocket cameras mounted side-by-side but I'm currently using a matching pair of DSLR (digital single lens reflex) cameras.

A stereoscope isn't essential but it does make viewing the image pairs and achieving the 3D effect much easier.

An alternative viewing method without a stereoscope is to reverse the images (left image on right and right image on left) and use a cross-eyed technique to form a 3D image in your centre of vision.

This isn't a joke and I find it the quickest way to review stereo images on a computer screen.

Click on the reverse image pairs below and try viewing them cross-eyed.


Mark (MET Senior Technical Officer Engineering)

A pair of identical reversed images of a team of women and men are at a lookout are side by side.
The Macca winter team at Razor Back Lookout
(Photo: Mark Grainger)
A pair of identical photos show two women stand in aprons with a man sitting at a table drinking a cup of tea.
Kat showing the apron Ashleigh made for her as Lionel enjoys a…
(Photo: Mark Grainger)
a pair of photos side by side show a green rocky labyrinth
The Labyrinth in stereo
(Photo: Mark Grainger)
a pair of photos are side by side showing a group of people sitting in green tussock
The Macca winter team pose in front of a camera, in front…
(Photo: Mark Grainger)
a pair of photos side by side show a colony of King penguins
Sandy Bay King penguins
(Photo: Mark Grainger)
a pair of side by side photos show a weaner elephant seal on the beach and in the foreground
Weaner elephant seals at Sandy Bay
(Photo: Mark Grainger)