OLD JAPAN in 3-D
Although I have a dedicated set of T. ENAMI STEREOVIEWS, this set of almost 350 views (plus a bunch of rarely seen engraved card backs) includes the Enami images along with even more views by other old Japanese and Western stereo-photographers who worked in Japan during the Meiji era.

With Flickr's new "justified", scrolling display of the basic images, depending on your screen size, you might be able to free-view most in 3-D while deciding which ones you want to click on for a more detailed look.

The non-Enami views scattered throughout this set were photographed mostly by HERBERT PONTING, HENRY STROHMEYER, AND JULIAN COCHRANE. A few other 3-D photographers from both Japan and abroad are also represented here.

Most of the views were taken during the years 1895 to 1910, with the majority taken ca.1898-1905. However, there are a few taken ca.1870 at the beginning of the Meiji era.

I also have over 100 stereoviews taken during the Edo-Bakumatsu era, and one of these days will get around to posting some of them.

Concerning the identified T. ENAMI views, besides shooting images in all formats of the time, the industrious and artistic Enami was also Japan's greatest and most prolific stereo-photograper. He was also counted among those whose images have appeared on the pages of National Geographic Magazine -- in Enami's case, he was an honored alumni of at least four issues.

He was born during the Edo-Bakumatsu period, and did all of his camera work during the Meiji, Taisho, and early years of the Showa era. He died in 1929.

If you have the "ALL SIZES" button option above the standard page display of any image you click on, hit that button for a detailed enlargement of the 3-D content.

WHAT WAS THE COST OF HAND-COLORED STEREOVIEWS IN JAPAN OVER 100 YEARS AGO ? See the mid-caption comments at this view : www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/4403211732/

For more about T. Enami, go to www.t-enami.org

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HOW TO SEE 3-D WITHOUT A STEREOSCOPE, BY USING ONLY YOUR EYES

I have posted a comment at another image that I will repeat here.

As long as you are on flickr, you should be discovering new ways to see and enjoy photography. So...let's give something a try....

Read the instructions below carefully, then go to this picture and practice : www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/2433624428/in/set-7215... Or...you can try this colored view instead : www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/2412130873/in/set-7215...

Put your face right up against the computer screen -- left eye over the left pic, right eye over the right pic. SIMPLE. And I mean UP AGAINST with your NOSE TOUCHING the screen.

Adjust your head a little (a hair either way) until you see what appears to be just the ONE merged, out-of-focus picture in front of your eyes.

NOW...S L O W L Y move away from the screen maintaining that ONE CENTRAL OUT-OF-FOCUS IMAGE OF THE GUY WITH HIS FEET IN YOUR FACE (or whatever stereoview you are looking at).

As you back off, you will notice that you now have what looks like THREE of the same picture in front of your eyes. BUT, consciously IGNORE the extra pics on either side of that CENTRAL IMAGE you are 'holding with your eyes" as you move you head S L O W L Y AWAY FROM THE SCREEN.

While holding that gaze, back off about two feet...or even three if you have to. If you are able to hold the "three picture" spread, the one in the MIDDLE should be in real 3-D.

If NOT....do it again. And again. DON'T LET YOUR EYES BREAK THAT ORIGINAL LOCK ON THE ONE FUZZY PIC YOU SEE WHEN YOU START OUT WITH YOUR FACE AGAINST THE SCREEN ON TOP OF THE STEREOVIEW.

Once you hold that, and back off until it is in focus, you can then move your face forward toward the screen and practice seeing it closer (bigger) and in focus.

TRY IT A FEW TIMES TILL YOU GET IT. DON'T LET YOUR EYES "SNAP OUT" OF IT. After that, you will be able to see ALL of the old stereoviews in flickr -- starting with my own 3-D JAPAN set ! Congratulations, you have now joined THE SECRET WORLD of 3-D MADNESS.

That's why Nature gave you two eyes, and the way....to see in 3-D. Let me know if you got it !

(PS. If I had to follow the above instructions, I would go insane).

If the above totally fails for you, look into stereo viewers for Computer Monitors, or get a pair of Red / Cyan or Red / Green glasses and head to the ANAGLYPH pages of flicker !
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