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Owls Head man to give 3-D photo talk

ROCKLAND — Owls Head resident John Root will show slides of his 3-D photographs and explain how anyone can make them at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24, in the Friends Community Room at Rockland Public Library.

When the movie “Spy Kids 3-D” came out in 2003, it came with several pairs of red and cyan 3-D glasses. John Root explored the Internet and discovered 3-D photos called anaglyphs, which he began to collect. Thinking that producing his own 3-D photographs would be too technical for him to try, Root continued to collect until 2007, when free software for making 3-D photographs became available.

Root said, “I was completely amazed by my first anaglyph of the kettle grill on my front deck.” He joined an International Yahoo Group, where anaglyphs are shared from 3-D photographers from around the world.

Having only one camera, he soon learned that this limited him to shooting only items that did not move between shots. So Root purchased two inexpensive cameras and made a wooden slide rig that allowed him to shoot things in motion. After a year of struggling to click both cameras at the same time using two fingers, he discovered a free download that allowed him to wire the cameras together and have perfect synchronization by pressing one button. This opened up new possibilities, since he could now reliably shoot action shots in 3-D.

Over the years, Root has become a well-respected member of his Yahoo Anaglyph Group and enjoys sharing 3D photos of Maine. “Without a doubt, this hobby has changed my life, as I am now anxious to travel as much as possible, looking for that perfect shot. Anyone can do this, and best of all, other than a camera, inexpensive glasses and batteries, it is free. I will share with you some of my favorite anaglyphs, step-by-step instructions on how to shoot and create them, as well as links to free software that makes it all so easy,” he said.

Root will be project his 3-D images and will bring 3-D glasses for the audience to use.

Root works as the city of Rockland code enforcement officer.

For information, call the library at 594-0310.

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