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Harvey Layton took these 3D photos around his house. One way to view them properly, is to cross your eyes until the 3rd picture appears, then try and concentrate on this third image, and in the same time trying sharpening it. I had best results when trying to concentrate on the fix imaginary spot few inches behind my laptop. If you manage to do it, be sure to share your tactics. I never had much succes in viewing 3D photographs and stereograms. Still, magnificent work Harvey! Thnks… For more of these you should see Tube Of Illusions and Chair Stereogram. Little different, but still cool are these 3D animations: Stereo Dino and 3D Fireplace.

3D Photography Optical Illusions
3D Photography Optical Illusions
3D Photography Optical Illusions


29 Responses
  1. Anonymous says:

    Cool, but the images go back into the picture, and I think they’re supposed to pop out.

    • crossedeyes says:

      haha sounds like you did it the hard way!
      there’s 2 ways of making your eyes go wonky to see such images… to cross them (make them go towards your nose) or spread them (make them go away from your nose).
      Most magic eye puzzles (the cool hidden pictures) use the spread-eye technique, which I find to be the more difficult of the two techniques. However, that produces the wrong result in these images, making things push in instead of pop out. These stereograms require you to cross your eyes instead, which is easier to do overall.

  2. Aggiebeth says:

    thats so awesome!!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    These are cross-eyed stereo pairs, not parallel-view.

  4. Anonymous says:

    this is really cool!!
    stare really hard inbeteween the pics
    it works better

  5. Skinnybrown says:

    If the images appear to go back into the picture, rather than pop out, it is probably because you are using the cross-eyed method of viewing them. When you go cross-eyed, the left eye is looking at the right image, and the right eye is looking at the left image.

    If instead, you focus on a point in the distance, your eyes move in the opposite directions so that the left eye sees the left image, and the right eye sees the right image.

    Another way of viewing the images, which may be easier for people who have difficulty focusing on a different point to the object they are looking at, is to flip one of the images vertically, then place a mirror between them, so that it reflects the flipped image. Now, if you bring your nose to the edge of the mirror, one eye sees the normal image, and the other eye sees the reflection of the flipped image. Because both the reflected image, and the original appear to be in the same place, you don’t have to try do any tricks with focusing your eyes. I hope that made sense, it’s a bit difficult to describe without diagrams, but does work really well.

  6. Anonymous says:

    wow how to make those kind of pictures yourself? it looks AWESOME

  7. Skinnybrown says:

    Although I’ve never made them myself, I think they’re done by taking one photo, then moving the camera about 5cm to the side (the distance between the centres of your eyes), then taking another.

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  9. Anonymous says:

    I almost crossed my eyes for too long, ow, it’s hard too see right now. But my sight shall return.. The first one didn’t really have anything. normally, there’s a secret message. Well, that’s what i learned from all those days.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I don’t understand what to do. I crossed my eyes but nothing happened.

  11. Alexander says:

    Neat. I have a book of these only it’s bugs, and it comes with magnifying-lens shaped goggles so you don’t have to cross your eyes. It’s really awesome.

  12. Nice says:

    Wow, this is awesome! The Nature Stereograms are easier to view them, though. For some reason it is harder to view these, as they go back into the picture, especially the last one. But once I finally got it, they looked amazing! :D

  13. Jay says:

    dude this one is cool i like it

  14. Anonymous says:

    These are Cross View, NOT Paralell. Easier to see, in some cases ^.^
    Cross your eyes to view these!
    Visit this link to know the difference about Paralell and Cross Viewing:

  15. Anonymous says:

    If you focus on the apple one until the fifth apple shows up, try focusing on the reflection spot and you will see the apple spinning just a bit,

  16. Try the last one first… i had the most success.
    it’s crazy as hell…. I couldn’t tell at first if my eyes were actually crossed

  17. Sander says:

    i used parallel wiev – like watching an object in distance.

    but i had one problem. the images were too big and i couldnt make them become one.
    here’s what i did. i used ctrl and “-” to zoom out from the page. this way images got smaller and i could easily see the 3D image.

    • Suor de Sapo says:

      On these double images it’s better cross-eyeing. You don’t need to zoom out so drastically. Just try to get three images (move head forward or backward if necessary) as aligned as possible and ‘search’ on the midle without loosing the focus point (somewhere between you and the monitor) you just found.

  18. u bum says:

    dont get it

  19. Drake says:

    Wow!!! I can, finally I can! Thank you so much, never worked for me, but now I’ve reached it :D

  20. Safi says:

    My eyes go all fuzzy when I go cross-eyed, and it doesn’t work for me :(

  21. Chris says:

    you shouldn’t cross your eyes too much or too less… you have to focus your sights in between the two images before you cross your eyes.

    focusing is easy, but crossing your eyes slowly to get the “3 images” while focusing on the center takes some time

  22. Mosthated says:

    these are awesome they do get 3d if u do them right. It reminds me of the books that yuo have to cross your eyes to see the animal or whatever the artist put in

  23. ShamRocks says:

    I just focuse on the line between the two pictures and they will begin to merge. Once the two in the center merge you whould be able to see it.

  24. ShamRocks says:

    though I just realized that one really only works on the apples lol with the other two focusing on the line only half works

  25. Person says:

    AWESOME!!!! And to make it easier, widen your eyes a little while still cross eyed to help focus it a little :)

  26. Dlynn says:

    It was harder for me to see the apples in 3d

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