While this video from Apple is probably a tad bit too long, it does feature some pretty good anamorphic optical illusion tricks. The video is captured from a single camera moving around a sterile white room in what appears to be a single take. The style of this commercial is reminiscent of Ok Go’s recent music video for their song The Writing’s on the Wall. At the time of this post, the Ok Go video has received more than 11 million views on Youtube, which is a pretty impressive accomplishment. My guess is that someone in charge of Apple’s marketing took notice of its popularity and decided to create an anamorphic video of their own.
What do you think of the video?
The man in this photograph is putting the finishing touches on a homemade rectangular wooden frame. As he tightens the final screw, however, he cannot help but notice that something seems peculiar about the carpentry. The two pieces of wood in the center cross one another in a very unnatural way. How did he build this?
(via Erik Minnema)
This old collectible card from 1926 was produced by a company called Major Drapkin & Co. We have previously featured a couple of optical illusion cards from the same company, The Rod Illusion and His Own Size?, but this one is from an entirely different series. Instead of being a traditional optical illusion, this card simply features a hidden object that you are asked to find. So, can you find this sailor’s cutlass? In case you were wondering exactly what a cutlass is, I can save you a Google search by telling you that it is a short sword meant for slashing. They are not asking you to locate an Oldsmobile.
While watching the Michigan State vs. Purdue football game this past weekend (Michigan State won 45-31), a commercial for the insurance company Pacific Life came on during one of the breaks. It took me about half way through the commercial before I realized that the subject matter of the advertisement was a three dimensional anamorphic pavement chalk art drawing. The drawing makes it appear that a hole has been cut into the pavement revealing a view of two whales swimming in the ocean. You can watch the full commercial below.
After a little research, I was able to determine that the pavement art featured in this commercial was created by We Talk Chalk (a group run by Melanie Stimmell and Remco Van Latum).
Sometimes all you need is a camera, a little imagination, and the right camera angle to capture something that is both deceptive and interesting. The person who took this photograph was able to make it appears as if a very large crane was lifting the moon into the night sky. In doing so, it almost looks like a construction site operated by Mother Nature herself.
Do you ever wonder why the moon sometimes looks like it is bigger than normal when you look up at night. This phenomenon is referred to as the Moon Illusion and can be fully explained by following the link and watching the short video.
Today is the official release date for a new 224-page hardcover volume of optical illusion art titled The Art of Deception: Illusions to Challenge the Eye and the Mind. This book, from Brad Honeycutt, features a foreword by John Langdon and an epilogue by Scott Kim. It is a companion volume to The Art of the Illusion published by Imagine Publishing in 2012. Artists whose work is appears in this volume include Rob Gonsalves, Guido Moretti, Bev Doolittle, Istvan Orosz, Oscar Reutersvard, and Kurt Wenner, among others. The cover features a beautifully deceptive painting from Vladimir Kush aptly titled Butterfly Apple.
You can pick up a copy of this book at Amazon or your favorite retailer. A French-language version of the book is also available and can be purchased at Amazon France.
The sphere that is placed closest to you looks to be about half the size as the sphere in the background. Surprisingly, both spheres are exactly the same size. If you don’t believe it, grab a ruler and measure them both to confirm.
For a similar effect, be sure to revisit the SUV Illusion where three sports utility vehicles parked on the same street appear to be different sizes despite being identical.