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    A different sort of animation - Opinions pls!

    Hey everyone, first post here. I'm looking for some feedback on my work. I'm a self taught photoshop junkie. This hobby has evolved into a strange beast since I started experimenting with stacking old stereographs and seeing how they look when they're animated. If you don't know, the type of stereograph I'm referring to are the ones taken back in the day with 2 different angled lenses. These were placed into a viewer and were an early 3-d 'tool'. It's kind of a lengthy process, just ask if you want me to elaborate. Anyway, what started with this:
    A different sort of animation - Opinions pls!

    Eventually evolved with color and movement, into this:


    A different sort of animation - Opinions pls!
    A different sort of animation - Opinions pls!
    A different sort of animation - Opinions pls!

    Just wondering what you all think. I've taken a little break from animating due to what is probably arthritis in my hands, and I've been thinking about taking this hobby back up. I just don't know if it would be all that beneficial, or ever really go anywhere. Would love some opinions, critique, etc. I'm not looking to change these so much, I see a lot of potential for improvement, but will likely take what I learn and apply it to any future work... if I get back into doing it. Thanks
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    That's pretty neat! The only thing that looks a bit weird is how the turning animation looks really jerky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karisee View Post
    That's pretty neat! The only thing that looks a bit weird is how the turning animation looks really jerky.
    Yeah, the background is almost always jerky. It's pretty distracting, but there's not a really easy way to get around it. There are a few reasons.

    The cameras that took these photos had varying angles on the lenses. If it was a really drastic angle, it means the background moves a lot more. Busy backgrounds also are distracting from the focal point. Sometimes busy or shaky backgrounds can be toned down a bit by adding more frames between the two images, but a lot of detail is lost, and it often makes it look less 3d. I usually ask my husband to help me choose how many frames to use, the difference is pretty drastic just adding a couple extra frames.

    One of the hardest parts of these are choosing an image with a background that won't be so... nauseating. But I think I was getting better at that... I've probably memorized about 90% of the Library of Congress stereo card collection lol
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    these are really interesting, seen something similar before, dont remember on what site...
    i do prefer the ballerina one, looks so magical and the background is not distracting or hurting my eyes after a while.
    but love the depth that comes with these, cool stuff!
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    The depth on the guy with the turban is crazy.
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    Thanks for the comments. I will keep an eye out for some simpler backgrounds.
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    I agree with most of the comments here. The ballerina is the best imo because it is subtle. the others are too jarring. i almost feel like the turning doesn't need to be there on the two turbine dudes. the beans dropping from the guys hand or the blinking in the profile could be enough. Really cool though, well done.
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    Wow fascinating. They really get a good illusion of depth. I've experimented with trying to make stereoscopic drawings and taking photos before, but usually just side by side images to view cross-eyed. Don't think I've seen them displayed like this before. It's really interesting.
    I think I'm against the trend a bit, the ballerina might be the smoother, but I don't like her as much, because I don't really feel the 3d-ness of her like the others. I wonder if it's because there's not much shadow to define her dress, or if the camera offset was more subtle. Might even be the way they're blended more softly.
    I like the stronger depth in the girl in the dress, and the man's face most. The little movements are rather charming too.
    The background flicking on the man kneeling is a bit too jarring to me in that one though.
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    maybe one way to get around the moving backgrounds would be to cut the figures out of each frame, then make a composite "fuller" background with the pieces you have left, and animate the "left-right" movement of the background separately? so its smoother?
    i hope i explained that right.

    i really like the ballerina and the turban guy.
    i noticed that on the turban animation, by covering the parts of the screen that move a lot and limiting the view area to just the parts of his face that move, it retains the interesting parts without the distracting jerkiness.
    so maybe another solution would be to crop some of the animations?

    i think this has lots of potential.
    ive seen similar things on tumblr blogs, though most of them aren't done with stereographs, im sure some are

    great work! look forward to seeing some more
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    Thanks for the response, aks.

    I totally get what you're saying... these are kind of confusing to discuss, hopefully I can be as clear. I've tried what you've suggested in the first paragraph, but I have a problem blending in the main subject in the image with the background when I try it. I did have pretty good luck with just a stationary background, taking the two and filling them out to look like one. But, the edges of the subject... ie the profile of the face on the wheat guy, are challenging to blend. It seems to depend on the focal points and the background, I look forward to experimenting some more with this idea.

    I think you're right, the background could be helped greatly by being more generous with the crop tool. And I am going to experiment more with smoother transitions and making a more stationary background. I've actually gotten some complaints when I have the slower transitions (ie balerina), as some people don't think it's '3d enough'. But I think another good option is giving two views of the same image, a slower transition as well as a faster. It's really just a matter of adding or removing frames, as long as there's no additional animations (ie falling wheat grains).

    I'm raring to get to work on these, but recently have had some major problems with arthritis in my hands (imagine that hmmmmm ) Hopefully the meds kick in soon and I can post back with some different drafts. Thanks again!!
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    Neat experiment. Regarding the picture of the lady with the leaves blowing around her...what if you you left her top half stationary, and cross-faded the skirt stills to soften the stutter? Perhaps it would look like her dress was blowing in the wind?
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    You mean like add more frames to the bottom?
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    Quote Originally Posted by episteme View Post
    You mean like add more frames to the bottom?
    More like less movement up top, and soften the movement on the bottom. Sometimes traditional animators on a budget will crossfade two keyframes instead on inbetweening them to save time. Not always convincing, but might work for a rippling movement.

    Not saying it will work, but might be interesting to try.

    Anyway, I like what you are doing. Keep experimenting! You never know where it will lead...
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