Levitating woman


Everyone and their dog have kindly sent me this…..

It is great, especially if you cover up the bottom of the image with your hand.

Like it?


17 comments on “Levitating woman

  1. RyderDA says:

    Wow. It’s impressive that dogs have e-mail addresses.

  2. NeonNero says:

    I no longer find this one that impressive, now that everyone and their dog has blogged, posted and tweeted it to death by now. And yes, there are a lot of people out there who have created a blog, Facebook profile, and/or Twitter account for their dog (and/or other pet)…

  3. Charles Sullivan says:

    You’re working a hard house (as it would seem from the above comments), but I like it. Yet when i cover up the bottom of the image with my hand, well, it looks normal. I guess that’s the point (of reference).

  4. Berhard says:

    I really like it, as it is obvious that the shadow comes from a flagpole, but it still works for me..

  5. Alex Hall says:

    It would work better if there weren’t small shadows under the board itself, but when you see those it’s quite easy to see that’s it’s just an illusion.

  6. Stephen says:

    If the lady doesn’t cast a shadow, does that make her a vampire? How can she be out in daylight??

  7. Tony says:

    This is really bizzare – it’s very obvious that the shadow comes from a flag, and the perspective doesn’t line up at all, but it’s nevertheless a very powerful illusion!

  8. Lazy T says:

    Do you think the photographer was trying to achieve the flying carpet effect or only realized afterwards?

  9. Anonymosity says:

    The lady is casting a shadow. It runs just slightly up and to the left. The microphone does as well. The sun must be nearly straight up, but slightly behind the photographer, who is standing near yet another flagpole.

    I like it!

  10. DeepField says:

    I think what is interesting with this picture is that there is no trick: it is obvious from the start that the shadow is from a flagpole. However one’s brain still tries to see what is evidently not there, and thus the flying carpet appears…

  11. Dharmaruci says:

    I cannot see what the surprise is here.

    Is that the only visible audience is in wet suits and she is turned 90degrees away from them?

  12. Michael Sternberg says:

    It works, well, a little for the whole picture. Kind of like Luke’s speeder in the special edition of episode IV.

    When covering up the bottom shadow, I see the picture as rather mundane, and weirdly composed at that.

  13. Which flag is that next to the European, BTW?

  14. Jane Vigon says:

    I’m intrigued by the rather bizarre line of people along the edge of the sand! What are they about!

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