Bonsai photos from the Four Seasons Bonsai Club of Michigan’s 2006 annual show. Shimpaku juniper by Vance Wood. Japanese maple by unknown. More photos to come soon.
For this experiment, open your browser window wide enough to see the three photos below side-by-side.
Can you cross your eyes? If yes, stare at the 1st and 2nd photos with your eyes crossed. (Ignore the 3rd photo on the far right.) A “phantom” photo will emerge between the 1st and 2nd. Cross your eyes until the two bonsai in the phantom photo merge into one. (It may help to concentrate on a single spot like the trunk.)
Tips: Move closer or farther away from the screen until you find a comfortable view. Keep your head straight in front of the computer monitor and your eyes horizontal. (Looking from the side or with your head tilted will make it harder.)
If you can't cross your eyes, try staring at the 2nd and 3rd photos. Defocus your eyes. Look through and beyond the monitor screen as if you are looking at a very distant object. If you've ever seen the “magic eye” type optical illusions, this uses the same technique. Same tips as above.
If you can't use either method above for the full-color versions, you can still view an anaglyph if you have a pair of the red/blue 3-D glasses. (Red for the left eye. Blue for right.)
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