To get the 3D picture Tank had to take two pictures simultaneously, each one shot the same distance apart as his eyes. “When you look through the 3D lenses, each eye only sees one of the two pictures, and your brain then puts it back together in 3D,” Tank explained. “I had some kids who (looked at) the book, and they were reaching out trying to touch the flowers, their fingers two inches from the page, thinking they’re touching the picture, but they’re not. It’s kind of fun to watch.”
Tank isn’t new to the publishing world. In 2008 he published his first book, River of Hope, a book discussing his wife’s battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease. Wildflowers presented some other obstacles.
“One challenge of producing a book like this is finding a printer who will work with you and has the ability to print the high-resolution images digitally. Fortunately, I was able to get the quality I needed by working with Eau Claire Printing,” Tank said. “It was great to be able to keep it local.”
Copies of the book are available on Amazon and 3Dwildflowers.com. Tank will also host a presentation on the book and 3D photography in general at the Russell J Rassbach Heritage Museum on Nov. 14 at 1:30pm, presented by Dunn County Historical Society.