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Toronto in 3D!

Posted By Tim Bennett, CRA, OCT-C & Sarah Moyer, CRA, OCT-C, Friday, May 16, 2014

The 2014 International Conference on Ophthalmic Photography was held in Toronto, Ontario on May 1-3 2014. These dates were chosen in part to coincide with the opening of Scotiabank CONTACT, an annual city-wide celebration of photography. CONTACT is billed as the largest photography event in the world, capturing an audience of 1.8 million people.CONTACT includes 13 major exhibits in museums and galleries, as well as public installations, classes, and workshops throughout the month of May.

One of the CONTACT events of interest to ophthalmic photographers is Double the Pleasure, Triple the Fun. Curated by Chelsea Jeffrey and Rachel Wong in partnership with the Photographic Historical Society of Canada, the exhibit features historical 3D stereographic photographs, cameras, and stereo viewers from several different eras.

The exhibit is housed in the historic Campbell House Museum in downtown Toronto and opened on May 3rd, the final day of ICOP. Anticipating that ICOP attendees would have interest in viewing this exhibit, ICOP organizer, Cynthia VandenHoven arranged for a special after-hours tour of the museum. It was a great way to wrap up three stimulating days of education and international camaraderie at ICOP.

Just as interesting as the exhibit itself, was touring it with a group of ophthalmic photographers experienced in stereo photography. We shared our knowledge and experience in stereo imaging with each other and the museum staff. Geoffrey Pankhurst described his collection of stereo images and viewers, including an antique Russian viewer. He has been collecting for many years, long before joining the profession of ophthalmic photography.

Gerard de Graaf shared his passion for imaging railways in stereo. He has travelled the world to document railways in Zimbabwe, Indonesia, and in many European countries. At the conclusion of this conversation, a handshake with Sarah Moyer sealed the deal on a promise to incorporate stereo into ICOP 2018.

After viewing this well curated exhibit, ICOP attendees said our goodbyes and parted ways. A few of us still tried to cram in some sightseeing before leaving Toronto. The city is home to many great attractions including the CN Tower which until recently was the tallest (553.33 m) freestanding structure in the world. The Hockey Hall of Fame is also in Toronto. Both of these venues were showing 3D movies. At the CN Tower, the movie was titled Legends of Flight 3D.

Sarah Moyer, Hillary Bernard and Tim Bennett watched Legends of Flight together. It was at times spectacular and at times pretty "cheesy” with some of the 3D animation detracting from the experience.

Stanley’s Game 7 in 3D at the Hockey Hall of Fame was very well done with only a few isolated moments when the 3D was slightly overdone.

If you visit Toronto during the month of May, be sure to stop by the Campbell House to see the stereo exhibit. You also shouldn’t miss the 3D movies at the CN Tower and the Hockey Hall of Fame when visiting these landmark Toronto attractions.

It’s not too early to starting planning to attend the next ICOP in 2018. It sounds like stereo imaging will be one of the themes for this great collaborative meeting.

Here are few anaglyph images from Toronto and the Campbell House Museum. To properly view the 3D effect, use red/cyan anaglyph glasses with the red lens over your left eye. Enjoy:


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