Last week, I showed off some lenticular-like photos – the subject was three home-colored roses that were arranged in a bottle of Saratoga Vichy mineral water. Looked sorta like this.
It looks nice …kinda funky … but, as you can see, a small breeze kissed some of the blue petals during my shoot, which caused the petals to flutter. This happened because I took the pictures one at a time, as I panned my camera from left to right.
I can’t make this a physical lenticular print in that those petals wouldn’t sync up with each frame. Oh well, stuff like this happens, I guess…
Thankfully, though … I did take some photos with my NIMSLO on that sunny Monday, and I hope they turned out well. I placed the bottle and flowers on a metal table, and photographed the subject with my NIMSLO camera, using colorful AGFA Vista 200 film as my shooting compound.
Now the question is … did it work?
A little background. The NIMSLO camera was a plastic 35mm film shooter with that exposed four simultaneous pictures with one press of the shutter button. Back in 1990, when the camera was mass-produced (along with other shooters of its kind, like the Nishika and the Trio3D), you could take your film to a special processor and they would send you back a lenticular print – one of those “magic motion 3D” prints that would wow your relatives.
Unfortunately, the prints were expensive to produce, and the general public avoided these cameras like the plague. It was only after the arrival of the “lo-fidelity” camera aesthetic, where people experimented with cameras and film and what they could or couldn’t do with them, that the humble NIMSLO shot up in price on the secondary market.
Trust me. I bought my NIMSLO for a couple of dollars on eBay – when I wanted to find a second camera, the price had skyrocketed to $200.
Yesterday, I received my film from McGreevy Pro Lab. This is an example of a finished image from the NIMSLO.
That red dot above the far right picture was a signal to the film processor as to how to align the image when producing the 3D image. The red marks on the far left? I suspect that was either a light leak on that frame.
I tried a few orientations of the roses and Saratoga Vichy bottle – putting it on a wooden picnic table, placing it on a metal picnic table, aiming straight on, shooting at an an gle, trying to get the three colored roses against the blue background, trying to get the three colored roses against the green horizon –
I squeezed off sixteen shots from a 36-shot roll of 35mm film… and thankfully, all sixteen images came back with something I could use.
And after some processing and manipulation and digital fadoodling around…
Look what came out.
To get this image, I had to put the bottle dead center on a metal picnic table. I aimed the image straight on. When the prints came back, I aligned the four images on one central pivot point – the point being the “V” in the interlocked “SV” in “Saratoga Vichy” – and this is what came out.
And look – unlike the previous pictures, the rose petals on the NIMSLO shots are as solid as stone. Truly, this is some cool three dimensional stuff.
And you know this image is going to the short pile for sure.
And I need to make a phone call to my lenticular printers, Snapily Pro. If I want to enter this as an image for Competition Season 2019 … I need a physical print as soon as possible.
Thankfully, now that the New York State Fair has changed its requirements from 16×20 images to 11×14 images …
This might allow a faster printing turnaround time for this image.
Or at least I hope so.