Can You Find the Navy SEALs?

Hidden Objects 25 May 2015 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

In honor of Memorial Day today, I thought I would post an optical illusion related to the armed forces.  This poster was released by the Navy SEALs for a promotional campaign.  The bottom of the poster asks “do you have what it takes?”  Unless you have been trained to spot camouflaged troops, you will likely have a difficult time finding the people that are hidden in this swampy landscape.  I’ve searched for quite a while and I still haven’t been able to find them all.

Navy Seal Optical Illusion

The hidden troops featured from left to right are:  LCDR Mark Simon, ETCM Eric Ollis, BMC Dan Ames, BM1 Michael O’Connell, EN1 Jason Fetterman, EM2 Mark DiPietro, LT Lewis Baker, and MM2Sergio Rodriguez.

Can you find them all?  For another hidden image challenge, check out the hidden animals optical illusion.

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The Purple Giant

Forced Perspective 21 May 2015 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Kind of a funny forced perspective photograph I came across a while back and put in a folder for future post ideas.  It certainly looks like the man in the forefront (the purple giant?) is significantly taller than everyone else around him.  He is standing on some sort of ledge closer to the camera than everyone else, but the floor that he is standing on and the floor of the people down around the pool blend together almost seamlessly.   If anyone knows why this man is wearing an all purple outfit and wearing a scarf, please let me know.  That’s probably the most puzzling part of this image, in my opinion.

The Purple Giant

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3D Typography from Lex Wilson

Anamorphosis, Video 18 May 2015 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Lex Wilson lives in Nottingham, UK and describes himself as a self-certified obsessive compulsive doodler.  He uses anamorphic techniques to create 3D typography that appears to stand off of the page when viewed from a specific angle.  His sketch below, showing a raised “HIGH” and a sunken “LOW”, is a good representation of his impressive 3D doodling.

High Low

The following YouTube video helps to show how it looks three-dimensional when the right viewing angle is found.

To see another three-dimensional pencil drawing, be sure to check out Beckoning to the Evil by Nagai Hideyuki.

(via Lex Wilson)

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The Shapes of Imagination

Shadow 14 May 2015 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

John V. Muntean, the creator of the Magic Angle Sculpture, was recently commissioned by Ogilvy & Mather to create this sculpture using more than 18,000 LEGO® bricks for display in the Singapore LEGO store.  The true magic of the model, measuring 50cm x 50cm (nearly 20 x 20 inches), can only be seen when shining a light on it from the right angle and rotating it to three distinct positions.

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Photographs of what happens when you do this can be seen below.

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The Chameleon

Animation, Trompe L'oeil 11 May 2015 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Do you notice anything peculiar about this chameleon standing on a green branch?  Would you believe that it is actually not a chameleon at all?  Would you believe that it is made of two painted women?  Take a look at the image a bit closer and you can figure out exactly how this extraordinary body painting was done.

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Watching the animation of the chameleon walking below, you can begin to see how the two women are configured and painted to resemble the lizard.

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Johannes Stoetter and his assistant (Saphira) spent about four hours planning this project and then another six hours actually painting the two women featured.

(via Johannes Stoetter)

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Green Haired Girl

Forced Perspective 8 May 2015 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

At first glance, it kind of looks like this girl has a wild head of green hair, doesn’t it?

Green Haired Woman

To see additional photographs that use strange angles and a bit of ruse, please be sure to check out the Grabbing the Tower Optical Illusion and the Strange Looking Kid Optical Illusion.

(via Koldunov Brothers)

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The Ambiguous Cat

Ambiguous 4 May 2015 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Take a quick look at this cat on a stairway.  Do you think that the cat is climbing up the stairs and heading down the stairs?  Depending on how you look at it, you can probably perceive either to be true.  Maybe there are some clues on the photograph that could help you draw your own conclusion.

The Ambiguous Cat

I have my opinion, but I do not know what the correct answer is.  What do you think?  Is the cat heading up the stairs or down the stairs?

To see another ambiguous cat, have a look at the cat and mouse optical illusion.

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