This fully-dimensional, full-color film hologram was made by Dai Nippon Printing Co. Ltd.of Japan over 20 years ago. It was featured on the cover of a limited-edition book that was published in 1999 to commemorate the first 50 years of holography. It was the first time this type of full-color reflection hologram was introduced to a worldwide audience (outside a scientific conference).
Unlike many photopolymer holograms, "Parrots" was not intended for retail sale, packaging, or security applications (it was a demonstration of state-of-the-art proprietary imaging technologies), so this hologram is relatively rare to own.
DNP modeled, originated, and then reproduced this hologram on a "newly developed" panchromatic holographic recording material (a photopolymer film) from DuPont. Both Coherent and Spectra-Physics large frame lasers were used in the mastering and replication systems: argon-ion for blue; argon-ion,diode pumped solid state, and dye for green; and krypton for red.
One hologram, measuring approximately 4 x 5.5 inches. The hologram is a thin piece of flexible film (similar to a piece of photographic film) with a 3D image on the front and a black backing on the back.
Frame the hologram(s ) so that the film is completely flat. Illuminate the hologram with a single bright light source (one spotlight, a clear light bulb, a flashlight, or direct sunlight). Angle the light and/or picture frame so that the beam strikes the front of the hologram from above at approximately a 45-degree angle -- similar to how you would light a picture on a wall with overhead track lighting. At the proper viewing angle,the 3D image will be distinct and colorful. Colors will shift slightly at different viewing angles.y, or other event? Be sure to announce it so everybody knows and gets excited about it
Note – Just like all holograms of this type, the image will look blurry under a florescent light, frosted bulb or cloudy skies. Multiple light sources -- even LEDs with multiple “bulbs” -- will result in multiple images, which also won't look good. At some angles, small spots may be visible – they are an artifact of the manufacturing process and part of the original image.
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