Oakland Stereo Camera Club Competition Winners


I have a strong interest in 3D photography. In mid 2009 I joined the Oakland Camera Club which is a local 3D chapter of a national camera club. It's a small group of BayArea 3D enthusiasts which holds friendly monthly judged competitions. These are my submissions that took prizes. They are not always my favorite images, plus lots of my favorites took no prizes. See my favorite non-winning submissions here.



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TooManyLines
TooManyLines
1st place prize. Joe Recto, a good friend of mine learning to ground-handle a paraglider before taking to the skies.A nice introduction to the club competition for me. Thanks, Joe!

1st place prize. Joe Recto, a good friend of mine learning to ground-handle a paraglider before taking to the skies.A nice introduction to the club competition for me. Thanks, Joe!

PastelTwilight
PastelTwilight
3rd place prize. A view from our Apartment. I replaced the flat white sky with a more interesting one whose color scheme matched the rest of the image.

3rd place prize. A view from our Apartment. I replaced the flat white sky with a more interesting one whose color scheme matched the rest of the image.

NightAndDay
NightAndDay
Honorable mention. The Marina at dusk.

Honorable mention. The Marina at dusk.

LA
LA
Honorable mention. Downtown Los Angeles. The judge was amazed that the buildings looked just like little chess pieces.

Honorable mention. Downtown Los Angeles. The judge was amazed that the buildings looked just like little chess pieces.

StonePath
StonePath
1st place prize, May 2010. Stone path leading down to the white roses.

1st place prize, May 2010. Stone path leading down to the white roses.

DoyleDr
DoyleDr
2nd place prize, May 2010. Soon to be demolished. My car was totaled almost directly over this spot just weeks later.

2nd place prize, May 2010. Soon to be demolished. My car was totaled almost directly over this spot just weeks later.

CaveArt
CaveArt
3rd place prize, May 2010. A hat trick! This was my girlfriend Mikayla inside a cool underground passage in the Presideo. Most of my stereo photos like this one are done with a normal camera by taking two consecutive shots from different angles. In some cases like this one, that involves asking my subjects to remain motionless between the two shots as any motion will create obvious problems.

3rd place prize, May 2010. A hat trick! This was my girlfriend Mikayla inside a cool underground passage in the Presideo. Most of my stereo photos like this one are done with a normal camera by taking two consecutive shots from different angles. In some cases like this one, that involves asking my subjects to remain motionless between the two shots as any motion will create obvious problems.

Villa
Villa
Took a prize in April 2010 I believe. I forget which one. This is the front entryway to one of the multi-million dollar houses looking over the Marina Green.

Took a prize in April 2010 I believe. I forget which one. This is the front entryway to one of the multi-million dollar houses looking over the Marina Green.

BraincloudAndSandstorm
BraincloudAndSandstorm
Took another prize in April 2010 I believe. From the same flight to New York above, a huge cumulus cloud ringed by smaller clouds from the same rising thermal over Lovelock Nevada. Note the sandstorm in the background.

Took another prize in April 2010 I believe. From the same flight to New York above, a huge cumulus cloud ringed by smaller clouds from the same rising thermal over Lovelock Nevada. Note the sandstorm in the background.

Archway
Archway
1st place prize, June 2010 Special category "Architecture". Side yard of a house in the Marina. I didn't even like this image very much but I guess the judge did.

1st place prize, June 2010 Special category "Architecture". Side yard of a house in the Marina. I didn't even like this image very much but I guess the judge did.

RoundHouse
RoundHouse
2nd place prize, June 2010 Architecture. Pacific Heights house. I like this one much better but it only took 2nd place. Everything is circles including the moon in the background.

2nd place prize, June 2010 Architecture. Pacific Heights house. I like this one much better but it only took 2nd place. Everything is circles including the moon in the background.

Deere
Deere
Honorable mention, June 2010. Long shadows and sunset colors off Chrissy Field.

Honorable mention, June 2010. Long shadows and sunset colors off Chrissy Field.

MtDiabloPath
MtDiabloPath
Second place prize, July 2010. From a hilltop in Clayton, CA

Second place prize, July 2010. From a hilltop in Clayton, CA

ThreeWorlds
ThreeWorlds
Honorable Mention, July 2010. Named after the Escher print of the same name because it shows details behind, on, and reflected by a surface. A building in the Presideo.

Honorable Mention, July 2010. Named after the Escher print of the same name because it shows details behind, on, and reflected by a surface. A building in the Presideo.

GreenStreet
GreenStreet
3rd place prize, August 2010. From the top of Divisidero looking down Green Street towards Russian Hill.

3rd place prize, August 2010. From the top of Divisidero looking down Green Street towards Russian Hill.

BlueBelle
BlueBelle
Honorable Mention, September 2010. A wistful Mikayla framed by beautiful blue flowers on the Lucas campus in the Presideo.

Honorable Mention, September 2010. A wistful Mikayla framed by beautiful blue flowers on the Lucas campus in the Presideo.

SouthPark1206
SouthPark1206
2nd place prize, September 2010, special category. This month's special category was called "Found/Accidental 3D" which is for any discovered imagery that was not intended to be in 3D. This pair of image captures from a panning shot in South Park episode 1206 was just the thing.

2nd place prize, September 2010, special category. This month's special category was called "Found/Accidental 3D" which is for any discovered imagery that was not intended to be in 3D. This pair of image captures from a panning shot in South Park episode 1206 was just the thing.

Archer
Archer
2nd place prize, October 2010. An archer at the range in Steven's Creek County Park in Cupertino, CA.

2nd place prize, October 2010. An archer at the range in Steven's Creek County Park in Cupertino, CA.

PacificaBeach
PacificaBeach
Honorable Mention, October 2010. Looking from the cliff top down to the beach near Mussell Rock State Park.

Honorable Mention, October 2010. Looking from the cliff top down to the beach near Mussell Rock State Park.

Rebar2
Rebar2
2nd place prize, November 2010. Part of the huge construction site for the multi-billion dollar Doyle drive replacement project.

2nd place prize, November 2010. Part of the huge construction site for the multi-billion dollar Doyle drive replacement project.

BurningSky
BurningSky
Honorable Mention, November 2010. A vibrant fall sunset over the Presideo

Honorable Mention, November 2010. A vibrant fall sunset over the Presideo

AlcatrazSunset
AlcatrazSunset
2nd place prize, January 2011. Alcatraz Island chosen from a long sequence I took from Christian's plane. I almost passed it up because it looked so flat but with my basic Photoshop processing it really popped out and needed no touch-ups or trickery.

2nd place prize, January 2011. Alcatraz Island chosen from a long sequence I took from Christian's plane. I almost passed it up because it looked so flat but with my basic Photoshop processing it really popped out and needed no touch-ups or trickery.

Twisted
Twisted
Honorable Mention, January 2011. This is me from a walk with my sweetie Mikayla. She was too shy to model this time so she shot me instead.

Honorable Mention, January 2011. This is me from a walk with my sweetie Mikayla. She was too shy to model this time so she shot me instead.

MoonPalace
MoonPalace
1st place prize, March 2011. The moon drew me to shoot up at a dramatic angle that I would not have otherwise thought to try. I love how the stone appears to be glowing from within.

1st place prize, March 2011. The moon drew me to shoot up at a dramatic angle that I would not have otherwise thought to try. I love how the stone appears to be glowing from within.

PalaceRays
PalaceRays
Honorable Mention, April 2011. The sun setting behind the Palace of Fine Arts.

Honorable Mention, April 2011. The sun setting behind the Palace of Fine Arts.

ParagliderEclipse
ParagliderEclipse
Honorable Mention, July 2011. Snapped while helping to test a super-secret unannounced 3D smart phone.

Honorable Mention, July 2011. Snapped while helping to test a super-secret unannounced 3D smart phone.

MuseumMom
MuseumMom
Honorable Mention, July 2011 Special category "Fill The Frame". This is my mother posing in the new museum in Sacramento.

Honorable Mention, July 2011 Special category "Fill The Frame". This is my mother posing in the new museum in Sacramento.

SFO
SFO
1st place prize, September 2011. Passing San Francisco International Airport. The image quality is poor but the judge kindly overlooked that.

1st place prize, September 2011. Passing San Francisco International Airport. The image quality is poor but the judge kindly overlooked that.

Archer2
Archer2
1st place prize, September 2011 Special category "Through The Window" This is a reworking of a previous winner with an added window. It also went on to be selected as one of the top five images of the year. I thought it was a poor exposure and little silly but judges often like silly.

1st place prize, September 2011 Special category "Through The Window" This is a reworking of a previous winner with an added window. It also went on to be selected as one of the top five images of the year. I thought it was a poor exposure and little silly but judges often like silly.

Bill
Bill
Honorable Mention, September 2011. Snapped with the HTC Evo 3D (now no longer secret), contains almost no 3D depth but does make for a serene oceanscape.

Honorable Mention, September 2011. Snapped with the HTC Evo 3D (now no longer secret), contains almost no 3D depth but does make for a serene oceanscape.

SwanGirl
SwanGirl
1st place prize, January 2012. Another Evo 3D snap at the Palace of Fine Arts. Notice the symmetry of a mother and child of two species. The children are curious about each other, the mothers are being casually protective, and each with an old goose in the background. Sorry, couldn't resist.

1st place prize, January 2012. Another Evo 3D snap at the Palace of Fine Arts. Notice the symmetry of a mother and child of two species. The children are curious about each other, the mothers are being casually protective, and each with an old goose in the background. Sorry, couldn't resist.

DesolationLake
DesolationLake
3rd place prize, January 2012. From the same flight as "Desolation Lake" above but this time a winner.

3rd place prize, January 2012. From the same flight as "Desolation Lake" above but this time a winner.

Cloudscape2011-06-04
Cloudscape2011-06-04
2nd place prize, March 2012. I just shot some lovely low clouds as they drifted overhead. Shooting perpendicular to the wind direction and taking sequential images creates a natural stereo effect since the lowest clouds move the fastest across the screen.

2nd place prize, March 2012. I just shot some lovely low clouds as they drifted overhead. Shooting perpendicular to the wind direction and taking sequential images creates a natural stereo effect since the lowest clouds move the fastest across the screen.

ClaytonQuarryAndSprawl
ClaytonQuarryAndSprawl
Honorable Mention, March 2012. Perhaps a 12 foot stereo separation shot from a hillside overlooking Clayton California and the rock quarry behind it. This is the second time I submitted it but this time I performed some creative cropping to reduce the effect of the window violations.

Honorable Mention, March 2012. Perhaps a 12 foot stereo separation shot from a hillside overlooking Clayton California and the rock quarry behind it. This is the second time I submitted it but this time I performed some creative cropping to reduce the effect of the window violations.

HomelessChristmas
HomelessChristmas
Honorable mention, March 2012. I paid this sad gentle man a couple dollars for the shot on Christmas night the previous year.

Honorable mention, March 2012. I paid this sad gentle man a couple dollars for the shot on Christmas night the previous year.

Ocho
Ocho
Honorable Mention, April 2012. A rare "cricket's eye view" of the business end of a tarantula. Be glad that she is behind glass!

Honorable Mention, April 2012. A rare "cricket's eye view" of the business end of a tarantula. Be glad that she is behind glass!

GoingUp2
GoingUp2
1st place prize, special category "Up In the Air", April 2012 plus Honorable Mention, July 2011. Captured while the pilot was standing at the top of a ridge watching his friend and preparing to take off. I just think this snap is just neat.

1st place prize, special category "Up In the Air", April 2012 plus Honorable Mention, July 2011. Captured while the pilot was standing at the top of a ridge watching his friend and preparing to take off. I just think this snap is just neat.

PortOfRedwoodCity
PortOfRedwoodCity
Honorable Mention, special category "Up In the Air", April 2012. Taken out the side of a small plane on final landing approach over the port of Redwood City just before sunset with lovely long shadows.

Honorable Mention, special category "Up In the Air", April 2012. Taken out the side of a small plane on final landing approach over the port of Redwood City just before sunset with lovely long shadows.

SandstormCarsonSinkNV-080603
SandstormCarsonSinkNV-080603
Honorable Mention, also in the same special category, April 2012. Taken from a commercial flight, notice the sandstorm kicking up from Carson Sink, Nevada.

Honorable Mention, also in the same special category, April 2012. Taken from a commercial flight, notice the sandstorm kicking up from Carson Sink, Nevada.

LabPuppyFF
LabPuppyFF
3rd place prize, June 2012. This yellow Labrador puppy was causing quite a stir on Chestnut Street.

3rd place prize, June 2012. This yellow Labrador puppy was causing quite a stir on Chestnut Street.

MarinaSunset2010-11-04-Docs
MarinaSunset2010-11-04-Docs
1st place prize, July 2012. Another stereogram from a previous sequence of a particularly vibrant sunset in the Marina. This pair was taken at the very height of the sunset intensity.

1st place prize, July 2012. Another stereogram from a previous sequence of a particularly vibrant sunset in the Marina. This pair was taken at the very height of the sunset intensity.

CollectionBaskets
CollectionBaskets
3rd place prize, July 2012. Backstage in St Dominics church in SF we see the collection baskets that keep the place running.

3rd place prize, July 2012. Backstage in St Dominics church in SF we see the collection baskets that keep the place running.

PseudoRebar3
PseudoRebar3
4th place prize, Special category "Pseudo", July 2012. Piles of twisted rebar left over after the Doyle Drive demolition project separated crushed the concrete containing it. Pumping up the saturation created all the lovely colors, and reversing left and right images created a Jackson Pollock-like effect.

4th place prize, Special category "Pseudo", July 2012. Piles of twisted rebar left over after the Doyle Drive demolition project separated crushed the concrete containing it. Pumping up the saturation created all the lovely colors, and reversing left and right images created a Jackson Pollock-like effect.

PseudoBush
PseudoBush
Honorable mention, Special category "Pseudo", July 2012. Many contestants realized that plants and trees make good subjects for reversed stereo. This relatively spherical bush made for a nice effect of concave flowers without a lot of visual confusion.

Honorable mention, Special category "Pseudo", July 2012. Many contestants realized that plants and trees make good subjects for reversed stereo. This relatively spherical bush made for a nice effect of concave flowers without a lot of visual confusion.

Sunspot
Sunspot
4th place prize, Special category "Outlaw Creative", August 2012. Close-up of a single sunspot from carefully selected raw data from the two STEREO space probes during a window when they presented a reasonable angle to create stereograms. 3 of 4 wavelengths of UV images for each eye were mapped to the RGB channels to create these lovely false color images.

4th place prize, Special category "Outlaw Creative", August 2012. Close-up of a single sunspot from carefully selected raw data from the two STEREO space probes during a window when they presented a reasonable angle to create stereograms. 3 of 4 wavelengths of UV images for each eye were mapped to the RGB channels to create these lovely false color images.

SwanFoodFight
SwanFoodFight
2nd place prize, August 2012. The protective parent's head protrudes through the stereo window while the cygnet fight for bread.

2nd place prize, August 2012. The protective parent's head protrudes through the stereo window while the cygnet fight for bread.

Mustard
Mustard
Honorable mention, August 2012. Enormous fields of shoulder-deep mustard plants at Musscle Rock State Park in Pacifica with a lone paraglider in the distance. This is also another experiment in non-rectangular stereo cropping. In this case the top of the window leans far deeper into the scene than the bottom edge.

Honorable mention, August 2012. Enormous fields of shoulder-deep mustard plants at Musscle Rock State Park in Pacifica with a lone paraglider in the distance. This is also another experiment in non-rectangular stereo cropping. In this case the top of the window leans far deeper into the scene than the bottom edge.

SutroTower2
SutroTower2
3rd place prize, March 2013. Downtown San Francisco with the Sutro tower in the foreground.

3rd place prize, March 2013. Downtown San Francisco with the Sutro tower in the foreground.

SutroTower1
SutroTower1
Also 3rd place prize in March 2013. How can that be? March is always a "double" competition to make up for February when the focus is on our global contest. This year I ended up with both 3rd place prizes. This stereo pair was taken shortly after the previous pair and then zoomed in to create something more like a still-life than a landscape.

Also 3rd place prize in March 2013. How can that be? March is always a "double" competition to make up for February when the focus is on our global contest. This year I ended up with both 3rd place prizes. This stereo pair was taken shortly after the previous pair and then zoomed in to create something more like a still-life than a landscape.

BakerBeachAndBridge
BakerBeachAndBridge
1st place prize, April 2013. Shot out the side of my friend's plane.

1st place prize, April 2013. Shot out the side of my friend's plane.

ClaytonRanch2
ClaytonRanch2
2nd place prize, April 2013. Just cropped a bit off the top of a past submission was all that needed to place this pastoral scene.

2nd place prize, April 2013. Just cropped a bit off the top of a past submission was all that needed to place this pastoral scene.

StereoEnhancedJeffrey
StereoEnhancedJeffrey
Honorable mention, April 2013. My friend Jeffrey Ventrella wearing my 3rd generation stereo enhancing goggles. So close to a hat-trick! If only it had taken 3rd place, I'd have swept all three awards. So close.

Honorable mention, April 2013. My friend Jeffrey Ventrella wearing my 3rd generation stereo enhancing goggles. So close to a hat-trick! If only it had taken 3rd place, I'd have swept all three awards. So close.

HomelessProblem
HomelessProblem
Homorable mention, June 2013. Shot "from the hip" of a sad sight in San Francisco's upscale Marina District. I like all the motion blur. And really, would you want it to be crystal clear?

Homorable mention, June 2013. Shot "from the hip" of a sad sight in San Francisco's upscale Marina District. I like all the motion blur. And really, would you want it to be crystal clear?

SelfReflection2
SelfReflection2
4th place prize, June 2013. The special competition was titled "Self Portraits". This one involves two mirrors and requires a bit of thinking on the part of the viewer to understand what's happening. I'm standing at the bathroom sink and you can see the window sill directly in the left third. The right two thirds show the view through that mirror. In that mirror you can see out the door and across the apartment. Next to the door is the medicine chest open just enough for its mirror to see the mirror over the sink in which you see me.

4th place prize, June 2013. The special competition was titled "Self Portraits". This one involves two mirrors and requires a bit of thinking on the part of the viewer to understand what's happening. I'm standing at the bathroom sink and you can see the window sill directly in the left third. The right two thirds show the view through that mirror. In that mirror you can see out the door and across the apartment. Next to the door is the medicine chest open just enough for its mirror to see the mirror over the sink in which you see me.

AmericasCup2013FinalRace
AmericasCup2013FinalRace
2nd place prize, November 2013. The world's largest sailing race took place within walking distance of my apartment. I spent several days scouting out good 3D subjects and took this one during the final upwind leg of the final race on September 25th 2013.

2nd place prize, November 2013. The world's largest sailing race took place within walking distance of my apartment. I spent several days scouting out good 3D subjects and took this one during the final upwind leg of the final race on September 25th 2013.


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