Think Back Thursday - Williamsburg Vacation  

Posted by The Simple Layman

My wife recently changed her Friday blog post called "Blast From The Past" to "Think Back Thursday."  The old blog was designed to get people to think back to things of the past in their lives.  The new blog is theme oriented, which I think is much better.  Last week her theme was "water" and anyone could post events envolving water such as visits to theme parks, the ocean, or even faulcets and running water, (like kids playing in a in the yard with a hose).  This weeks theme is "visiting historical sites."

To help her out, I decided to post pictures taken with a stereo camera of our visit to Williamsburg Virgina in 2000.  The stereo camera was built in the 1940's by a company called "David White" and was a popular camera.  Many movie stars and famous people actually owned one so mine may have been owned by a famous person.   Who knows?  The camera is designed to take side by side pictures on 35mm slide film.  It is more difficult to use because it is a manual camera, (manual focus, manual f/stops and shutter speed), but I love to use it.  Slide processing is expensive however, so I have not used it for a while.   The lens does not compare to modern lenses but seems quite sharp when used for the purpose for which it is designed.  Pictures are two 1/2 frame shots, meaning they use 1/2 of the normal full 35mm frame, one for the left eye to view and one for the right eye.

I include two enlargements, (at the end of the post), of the full stereo images so you can get an idea of what I mean.  The two pictures taken side by side are then mounted into a cardboard frame and viewed in a viewer, (similar to a viewmaster set only larger).  The two side by side picture scans I included can be viewed on a computer screen by slightly crossing one's eyes, similar to those "magic stereo images" seen in books and posters.  If you have seen those and know what I am talking about you may be able to master seeing these in stereo by focusing your mind on the center image between the two when your eyes are crossed.  It is best accomplished by viewing the image smaller then enlarging it until you can view it bigger.  To reduce and enlarge the image in your browser all is necessary, (usually), is to roll your scroll button back and forth.

The first pics are crops from the original stereo slides and are not viewed in stereo.  They are only the view from one eye.  Click on the pictures for a larger view.

The Windmill at Williamsburg.

Someone was naughty and ended up in the stocks!

The Governor's Palace - front gate.  No, we weren't invited for dinner.

The glass blowing shop in Jamestown, not far from Williamsburg.

Inside of a small church that was built at the settlement.


Not out of those stocks yet?

Governor's Palace - Front gate in stereo.

I hope you have enjoyed this short trip to Williamsburg.  There are many more images but these are some of my favorites.

Visit my wife's "Think Back Thursday" post by clicking on the button below.

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Lovely photos hubby. Thanks for linking up. The stereo slides may be taken with a 1940's camera but with your skill in photography they look much better then the photos I took of the same trip with my point and shoot, film camera. I love looking at the stereo photos. We should sit and look at them, as a family, soon.

June 1, 2012 at 1:46 PM

I am really enjoying the theme/design of your weblog. Do you ever run into any web browser compatibility problems? A few of my blog readers have complained about my blog not operating correctly in Explorer but looks great in Chrome. Do you have any ideas to help fix this issue?

October 21, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Microsoft does not use world wide web standards and so some things show up incorrectly in explorer, (words overlaying on top of pictures or running together is one example). The best thing to do is post in one of the open-source browsers, (opera or firefox) because they use the worldwide open standard format, (as I understand it, this assumption is correct although someone will probably correct me). In any case, it is best to view a post in a couple of other browsers and Explorer too just to be safe. You can adjust things by setting extra spaces, etc, to make things look good. I personally am bothered when I look at professional web pages that someone paid thousands of dollars for and the person who made them only looked at them using explorer. I think this shows how little they really know about creating a web page, in my opinion. Most the world does not run on Microsoft. There are plenty of countries that use other browsers. I personally never liked explorer and it bothers me that Microsoft has literally stolen browser designs and elements from other browsers who had them first like Firefox and Opera. Hope that helps.

October 21, 2012 at 6:08 PM

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