Seeing beyond the image

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Creating depth and dimensionality is always one of the holy grails of standard photography where our images are presented in two dimensions. I just uploaded a lilly image today that, while quite nice, can't quite capture the sense of true three-dimensionality (see 'The Lilly' in my portfolio). As I was shooting the scene I deliberately made a series of images for the specific purpose of presenting the stereo view shown at

As a bonus, I had also done two other lilly stereo images presented on the same page.

Read what follows if you are not familiar with how to view these kinds of images, then click on 'more info' button below to link to this special page just for FAA readers.

If you are not familiar with the cross-eyed viewing technique do the following:

Sit square to the image pair at about an arm's length away and look at the strip between the two images.
Relax your eyes and let the image blur as your eyes begin to cross. A third image in the middle will begin to appear.
As you gently increase the crossing of your eyes, the image will increase in width. When the width of the third image is the same as either of the original two, just relax.
You may need to move your head slightly up/down/left/right to find the "sweet spot" and relieve eyestrain. Suddenly the image will appear in 3D.

(Note: these images were shot, edited, and arranged assuming the viewer's right eye is their master eye because that is the case for the vast majority of the population. If you are left-eye master, the image will appear chaotic as layers that are in the wrong position.)