The Hurd Library is a unique resource of ancient texts but you wouldn't kick it out of bed for eating biscuits either. A regular virtual tour just wasn’t capturing the the beauty of the building, the beams weren't beaming and the pillars weren't popping! By using HDR (High Dynamic Range) images, we could capture the shadows and highlights of the building, but then there was the issue of those popping pillars...
3D Photography isn't a new concept by any stretch, in fact many wood-be stereographers (including myself), produce perfectly pleasing pictures with two compact cameras (see link).
The trouble was that most compact cameras are not capable of taking the bracketed exposures necessary for HDR images. To do this we needed two SLR cameras, but these were too big to be secured the correct distance apart (about 85mm). The solution was simple, take your HDR images with an SLR camera and then move it 85mm to the right, rinse and repeat. Because we needed to ‘rinse and repeat’ 480 times, it would have been impossible to do this by eye. That was the problem, the solution was the Mk.9.
Like most good ideas, the Mk.9 began its life on the back of a envelope during a particularly tedious presentation.
of what the device should do in order to do their job. So, I came up with these….
I’d love to see what you come up with…
and presented me with the device you see in action below.