I’ve dabbled in three-dimensional film photography for several years. I’ve never really won any awards with these prints, but that hasn’t stopped me from continuing to do what I can.
And I’m thinking that the only way to make this actually work to my advantage is to take my three-dimensional photo skills and aim them towards a photo contest.
And just my luck, there’s one comping up in 2020.
Die Photographische Gesellschaft, a photography society in Austria, hosts an annual three-dimensional photography competition. Their competition, which in 2020 will be their ninth annual event, encourages hobbyists and enthusiasts to submit their best images for consideration, with the best images receiving display at a three-dimensional photo event in Vienna.
Now that’s some serious stroke.
Now there are several different formats for stereoview photos, and if I was going to enter my photos in this competition, I needed to MAKE DAMN SURE that I format the photos correctly.
Pictures taken within a three-year period are accepted, so I decided to test out one of my older pictures – not to enter it, mind you, but just to guarantee I had the correct specs.
I mocked up two images from my 2015 lenticular print, Lauren and the Leaves, and sent it to the competition committee with the understanding that I was only submitting a test photo.
They sent the photo back, said I was on the right track, but that I had submitted a “cross view” image, and they would like a “parallel view” image for competition. I just needed to flip left to right and right to left.
So this would be an example of a submitted image. And I repeat, I can’t officially enter THIS picture in the competition, but that’s only because the photo is outside of the three-year window.
Okay. So this would work if I printed the picture out and stuck it in one of those old Holmes Stereoview viewers from the 1890’s.
But at least I have the specs. And whether I use my Nimslo camera, or some other shooter, I think I can put something awesome together.
And just for the hell of it, I took some of my other lenticular images – mind you, these are ones that are outside the three-year-window of submission – and, just for practice, mocked them into submission-ready images.
Damn, son. That looks more striking as a Holmes Stereoview card than anything.
Hey, what about that picture of the horned dorset I captured at Altamont a few years ago?
Hey, what if I took the negatives from my Roses and Vichy shooting session, and came up with …
Yeah. at least I know that if I have to put something together … I’m ready.
And I have a few months before the deadline for the 2020 submissions.
Hey, it’s not like I can enter lenticular prints at any of my other photo competitions …
So why not enter them in a 3D-specific photo contest?
And since this upcoming contest accepts entries from January to April 2020 …
I have time to put something together.