objects lined up perfectly at the ideal moment. Other times these are staged for maximum effect. Check out this photo to the right that I found online - looks like a two-headed zebra, but in actual fact it's two zebras one behind the other. Gives you a start at first, doesn't it? This is an optical illusion.
Eyes function as
cameras that send a picture to your brain through the optical nerve.
Your brain "prints" the picture and allows you to envision the object your eyes observed. Optical illusions are achieved by messing up the
signal between the eyes and the brain. An
optical illusion is the difference between what you expect to see and
what is actually there.
You can mimic optical illusions with your camera by taking photographs where the timing and angle works out just right OR you can create optical illusions by working with your photographs and layering them together to distort reality. With the help of natural
elements, unique composition, color, light and even photo editing
software, you can create works of art that confuse the mind and trick
I'm still working on how to do this with Photoshop Elements, but here are some photos I found online that illustrate optical illusions. (from here)
Hope you enjoyed this little introduction to optical illusions. And I promise that as soon as I learn how to do it, I'll post some of my own.
Before I go, I must remember to give Oppulent thanks again to Mrs. Nesbitt for creating and persevering with the Official ABC Wednesday site. She and her team of assistants are Open-minded (although some of us (me) may be a bit Odd) and will Organize their lives to Oversee your posts and Offer Original and Objective Observations. To join in, click here.
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- I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.