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40 Incredible Examples of Optical Illusions in Photos

Some find them frustrating, while others just can’t get enough – optical illusions is something that will always leave you perplexed and questioning your eyesight. We all know the classic young girl turning into an old lady portrait, or sets of geometric figures that turn out to be of a different size than it appeared. Optical illusions are images that differ from the objective reality. But how do they work?

Basically, it’s our minds trying to find the easiest way to look at things. At a first glance, we try to relate the image with the most basic and close interpretation of it, and only after a few seconds do we realize that separate details of the image don’t even make sense. This element of surprise is also what gets us in the so-called perfectly timed pictures: first we see one thing, but then it can be deconstructed into something else. Check out this list of incredible and funny optical illusions and see for yourself!

Camouflage art by Wilma Hurskainen (link)

A guy dropped a pair of Hula Hoops (potato snacks) into coffee and saw a bird of prey staring back at him. (link)

French landscape astrophotographer Laurent Laveder shows how some simple props and a bit of imagination can turn the moon into anything you like. (link)

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A work by Japanese artist Makoto Aida titled AZEMICHI (a path between rice fields). (link)

This eye is actually a draining sink accidentally captured by Redditor named Liam. (link)

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This is not a caterpillar! It’s a group of European Bee-eaters on a branch captured by José Luis Rodríguez. (link)

This is just a martini glass for a Julyna’s ad campaign (link)

Perfectly timed photo of the full moon rising through the Olympic Rings hanging beneath Tower Bridge during the London 2012 Olympic Games (link)

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“Eye” by Marko Popadic (link)

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Mexican studio Golpeavisa made a portrait of René Redzepi (the world’s best chef) out of food. (link)

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Unfortunate magazine ad juxtaposition (link)

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Praying mantis riding two sprouting ferns captured by Tustel Ico (link)

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Body painting art by Craig Tracy. (link)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/carolina.ferro.54 Carolina Ferro via Facebook

    buenisimoo

  • Raimonda Adomaviciene

    Nuostabu! is kai kuriu nuotrauku net juokiausi! :)

    • ethan robin

      you should do a puddle and a man standing next to it.this makes the man appear to float

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.camacho.3154284 David Sablan Camacho via Facebook

    Your eyeball is going to look this if you are still surfing the web at 2:00AM.

  • Marco Garcia via Facebook

    super increible…

  • Michael

    Levitate? It’s easy!

  • Guest

    Le dernier photo c’est Kazan (Russie), ma ville natale, le parc de la Victoire – très bel endroit. J’ai toujours su que près de moi vivent des gens, qui regardent le monde pas comme les autres :))

  • Алексей Брегман

    La derniere photo c’est Kazan (Russie), ma ville natale, le parc de la Victoire – très bel endroit. J’ai toujours su que près de moi vivent des gens, qui regardent le monde pas comme les autres :))

  • Sam

    These aren’t really optical illusions : more like well-timed photos

  • http://www.facebook.com/edisonkanaj Edison Spiro Kanaj

    nice

  • Pretty Nuit

    Alucinante!!

  • Chema Gonzalez

    !Muy buenas!

  • Dário

    Nível de interesse: Zero, os piores 2 minutos da minha vida

  • Barbara Erdman

    Awesome Photos :-)

  • http://twitter.com/kaitzi K G

    …someone needs to learn what an optical illusion is. This photos are cute and clever, but maybe TWO count as optical illusions – if we’re being generous.

    • http://www.facebook.com/timothy.tompkins Timothy Tompkins

      If your eyes are fooled into seeing something that isn’t the true situation, even briefly, it is an optical illusion. At least 19 of these photos fit the definition; more, if one is browsing more quickly. So… no. You’re wrong.

  • http://twitter.com/kaitzi K G

    “This is just a martini glass for a Julyna’s ad campaign” …out of curiosity – what in the world else is it supposed to be? What is the “optical illusion” in that one?

    • http://www.facebook.com/timothy.tompkins Timothy Tompkins

      You apparently don’t have a dirty enough mind.

    • dolphinpink16

      They’re trying to say that its not a vagina its a martini glass. if you look hard enough you can tell

  • Nick

    great so fun to look at

  • Anonymous

    Stunning and fresh collection of optical illusions, thanks for sharing.!

  • rahul

    intresting illusion

  • pete r

    horse one is fake

  • http://www.facebook.com/ishan.malith Malith Ishan

    wooooooooooooooow,,,,,

  • Mike Jordan

    i like the that that keeps looking at you on youtube

  • Mike Jordan

    Poop in a glass

  • brickelyberrykiller

    some of these pictures do not make sense c’mon people you can do better than that

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