digital video


Aside from stereo cards and stereo pairs in books, Brian May’s OWL stereoscope may also be used to view the growing number of 3D videos popping up on YouTube. Watching Wile E. Coyote getting the crap beat out of him by cruel karmic fate is hella fun when it feels like you’re in the video.

For those who don’t have a stereoscope, YouTube provides other 3D viewing options: red-cyan, green-magenta or blue-yellow glasses, interleaved rows, columns or checkerboard, monitor, or (of which I am biased for) stereo pair. No compatibility for the polarized glasses you’ve swiped from the cinema.

I’ve been watching these videos on the YouTube app for iPad, which presents the videos at a more-or-less correct fit for the OWL. Going full-screen is not an option. Now while side-by-side stereo pair viewing does reduce the aspect ratio from widescreen to something close to 4:3, it maintains the true color of the video. When you’re watching a Looney Tunes clip, true color makes all the difference.

If you’re interested in ordering a stereo viewer, you can order an OWL from the London Stereoscopic Company. Alternatively, you could either learn to freeview stereo pairs or construct your own viewer, here and here.

Watching 3D videos with the OWL Stereoscope

 

So last week I was in China, my wife and I piggybacking on the company trip of the Gallardo & Associates ad agency. Four days in Beijing was the perfect break from this October’s killer schedule at work, and even though most of the time we found ourselves at the mandatory tourist sights, it was still a blast. When traveling with crazy creative people there are hardly any dull moments; even on long boring bus rides you can still find something to do, like taking advantage of people sleeping.

That was shot on the second day, on the road to the Great Wall of China. Here are some photos, taken with a vintage Olympus 35UC rangefinder with Lucky 200 color film:

More photos on my Flickr set Barbarians at the Great Wall.

Just something quick and non-camera-related.

It’s finally here! MUJI, my favorite no-brand brand has finally opened its first store in the Philippines, and just a ten-minute walk from my condo, no less! Now I don’t need to fly to Hong Kong to get my essential supplies: recycled paper notebooks, minimalist bookends, frill-free shoes and quirky Japanese snacks. I spotted a small bag I can use as a camera pouch, just need to line it with padding. Must go back for it before my trip to Beijing next week.

Here are scenes from the press launch, shot with my ever-present Kodak Playsport. Photos from my Olympus UC35 to follow next week.

And just like that, Manila Design Week 2010 is over. I was able to drop by four of the week’s events, a welcome distraction from the tedium of my day job. Hanging out with other creatives has the effect of energizing me, and I enter this week with a little more pep in my step.

Here are some scenes from the Cut&Paste design competition on Day 2.

For the last couple of years, I’ve been going to Pandin Lake, a quiet, out-of-the-way rural community just outside San Pablo City that comes straight out of an Amorsolo painting. It’s a place where time has stood still. Here there are no cars or trucks or industrial smokestacks which belch pollutants into the sky. Instead of jeepneys there are horses which tread the narrow paths. There are no jet skis or speedboats, just bamboo rafts which glide through the still water.

Pandin Lake is a model for sustainable eco-tourism, run mainly by the women of the lakeshore community. What they offer is simple: a couple of hours on the lake on a bamboo raft, and simple home-cooked meals of lake-grown tilapia and shrimp, a fern salad and fresh coconut milk right out of a coconut.  They tie the raft under an ancient tree at the far end of the lake where you can enjoy your lunch afloat in the shade.

Here’s a scene. More to come (I seem to keep making that promise but usually forget to deliver ha!), after I have my 120 roll developed.

Just a quickie.

This afternoon, a passenger bus burst into flames just a block from my office. Ran down for a closer look, armed with my Kodak Playsport and Ricoh Auto Half. Shot in 720p but processing and upload speeds were horrible so I downscaled it. Here’s the video. More to come later tonight. Photos in a week maybe, after I have them developed. With me was my colleague and fellow film enthusiast and poet provocateur Ed Geronia.

News reports say that nobody was hurt, thankfully.

Apologies for the shakycam footage. Was shooting film with my other hand at the same time.

Mental Note: Next time, stick to one medium.

Shot from Ed's Mobile Phone

Shifting back to digital video from a few days of analog lusting, I finally found time to make a test video of the Jelly Lens “Polorizer,” quotation marks because I do know how to spell polarizer.

Surprisingly, this thing does actually work. Surprising because even el cheapo screw- on polarizing filters for SLRs and DSLRs are typically pricey. This one cost me less than a small Starbucks latte. I tested the polo on two monitors and a leather handbag to see how much the filter could cut down on reflections. The monitor tests show significant effect.

I’d like to see how this filter works with blue skies and color, but I’ll save that for a future video.

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