same image, flipped vertically
(Hat tip to Clarissa.)
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that is coool!
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Thank you for the link. 🙂
I have this problem all the time. I’ll be looking at a photo of moon craters, or a volcanic caldera, and my brain will insist on seeing them as popping out instead of sinking in. I’ll have to flip the photo before I can see it correctly. Even then, sometimes my brain will try to flip it back the wrong way, even when I know what I’m supposed to be seeing.
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That’s interesting, I’ve never experienced this! I also don’t know what this illusion is supposed to be 😳.
Oh wait lol nm
This illusion actually works be of the deer. Hide the deer and it doesn’t work! Or focus on another part of the image.
Stunningly beautiful 😍
Whew! Tricky one! At first my brain kept INSISTING that they could NOT be the same image! It wasn’t until I actually took my kindle out of the stand and manually moved it around for flipping that I could finally get it!
Dear Bluebird and Michael,
Optical illusions can be very enticing and fascinating to experience. I have categorized thoroughly various optical illusions and included hundreds of examples in my special post at
This said post covers the topics of optical illusions quite comprehensively with more than 200 examples. Given its length and scope, it will take some time to load fully. In addition, please be informed that you might need to use a desktop or laptop computer with a large screen to view the rich multimedia contents available for heightening your multisensory enjoyment at my websites, some of which could be too powerful and feature-rich for iPad, iPhone, tablet or other portable devices to handle properly or adequately.
Many of the excellent examples included in the post are quite astonishing, even to the point of defying belief.
Our visual apparatus has a lot of evolutionary quirks. One of them, the perceptual time lag, to which I refer as neural delays averaging 100 milliseconds, has been responsible for many fascinating optical illusions, arising from the compensatory mechanisms of the visual system to “see into the future”.
As you can see in my said post, some optical artists have designed graphics called op art or optical art, which can give the sensations of seeing something moving, vibrating, pulsating and/or rotating, even though the generated images are truly static.
Happy November to both of you!
It has to do with the angle of lighting AND the shadows, which is how we get clues for depth out of a 2D image. Welcome to the complex human brain!
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This is driving me nuts! I keep wanting to disprove it but I can’t.
What do you see!!??
What I see is exactly what the image creator wants me to see, which is what annoys me! But I did figure out it’s the deer causing it.
If the deer is the root cause… anyone here skilled enough to fiddle with the image so that the deer is no longer recognizable as a figure? The light effects should still come into play… but how strongly?
Hold your hand over it. It really reduces the effect it’s amazing. The leaves do it to an extent. Focus on a random part of the pattern. I’ll edit it later!
😂😂😂. I know, I really wanted to be special and uniquely objective 😩. I had a theory prepared and everything about how it’s related to my autism and I simply transcend such human biases 😩.
Wait…wait, does it still work for you? I legitimately only see it as it actually is now. I can’t MAKE my brain see the illusion anymore! This is really interesting. I am sure that since we are more used to seeing things this way in photos we have some practice at compensating for the instinct now. Perhaps in the intervening time my brain has tapped into that ability with the benefit of knowledge?
It’s still messing with me. I don’t know which is correct and I’m beginning to go mad.
😂😂😂. To be fair the effective camera angle in the first is just f***ed. Actually the way to ‘disprove’ the illusion is to compare the angles of the shadows between the deer arrangement and the tools on the bench. I’m finding I can switch between the two perceptions this time! And the shadows trick is helping me to ‘snap out’ of the illusion :D.
Yeah the tools!! I was gonna bring that up! So you think the real one is the bottom?
Well they’re both real lol, the same image. The bottom one is the normal perspective you’d have though yeah, looking down at a desk in front of you. It’s going to be the original image as in the perspective of the photo taker. So the caption is probably confusing to be fair. Having said that you’d only have to hold the camera upside down to get the top image as the original. But the bottom image is what you’d see standing there in front of the desk like a normal human lol.
Oh wait yeah it’s flipped not rotated 180 degrees, so definitely the original was edited to form the other image so one is definitely original. So yeah, impossible to tell by looking which is original. Bottom image makes more sense as it’s the normal angle you’d take such an image from, holding the camera the right way up. But the top is also possible by taking it from opposite side of desk with camera upside down lol.
But it says the top is the original 🥺. Bluebird probably thinks we’re nuts still discussing this.
Haha!! 😂 I know. I was thinking exactly that already lol.
Let’s just put it down to one of life’s mysteries! 😁🥺
The blogger from whom I lifted this picture posted only the top image, and left it to her readers to do the flipping. That’s the reason I referred to the top image as the original. 🙂
Ohhh! Good to know, thanks.
It’s the deer! Hide the deer and it doesn’t work! Or focus on another part of the image.
I can sometimes see each individual block in both photos. Then I see the underlining wood and it turns upside down. Very strange indeed.
“The first image is awesome! The second image is flippe- wait what?!”(Me when I saw this)
That’s so cool.
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