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Archive for February 14, 2017

2017—Optical Illusions

While photographing birds in the garden Sunday morning, the mockingbird hopped over to the stone bench in the back of my garden and perched on the ears of a concrete rabbit setting in front of the bench.   I liked the composition with the squirrel garden ornament directly behind the mockingbird and with its head cocked and directed the same as the mockingbird’s head.  When I downloaded the images, I realized that the mockingbird looks as if I superimposed it on top of a photograph of the squirrel.  Furthermore, it almost looks like the bird is in 3-D, ready to leap out of the photograph.

My guess is that compression from using the 600mm telephoto lens somehow created the illusion that the mocker is superimposed.  If I didn’t know better, I’d have said this was a poorly done composite.

mockingbird and squirrel.jpg