Bridge to Eternity by Gianni Sarcone

Skull 31 October 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

In honor of Halloween,  I thought it would be appropriate to post an image today that featured a dark or spooky theme.  This morning, as I was checking my email, I found a message from Gianni Sarcone with a link to a Behance page he created titled Just in Time for Halloween.  The page features two originals that he created, including the one posted below titled Bridge to Eternity.  While it looks like a peaceful scene of a creek and a bridge, a very sinister hidden image can also be found in this picture.  Can you find it?

Bridge to Eternity by Gianni Sarcone

For more optical illusions appropriate for Halloween, be sure to revisit the Vintage Skull Afterimage and the Cat and Mouse Optical Illusion.

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Hidden Animals Optical Illusion

Hidden Objects 27 October 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Art Directors Anaïs Boileau and Samuel Volk oversaw the production of this recent advertisement for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) called Botanimal.  The copy that accompanies the ad (which can be seen in the lower right corner, but is much too small to read here) is as follows:

“Donate to save a tree and save 875 000 species for free.  Rainforests only cover 7% of our planet but harbor more than 50% of the world’s species.”

That’s a lot of species!  How many animals can you find?

WWF Botanimal #1

Continue reading the full post to see five close-up images which will allow you a better opportunity to spot all of the hidden animals.

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Apple’s Perspective Video

Anamorphosis, Video 23 October 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

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?

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Impossible Frame

Impossible 21 October 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

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?

impossible frame

(via Erik Minnema)

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Find the Sailor’s Cutlass

Hidden Objects 16 October 2014 1 Comment

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.

sailor - find his cutlass

 

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Pacific Life Pavement Chalk Art

Anamorphosis, Video 13 October 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

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).

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Crane Raising the Moon

Forced Perspective 10 October 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

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.

Crane Raising the Moon

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.

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