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Optical illusion

Optical illusion
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Copyright: John van Aarle (JohnTulip) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3349 W: 798 N: 8612] (35303)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-13
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 30D, Tamron Di 2 Af 18-200mm + Macro, Compact Flash 2-1gb, 62 mm Uv Filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-07-04 4:31
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Canada, Nature around Ottawa and its an optical illiusion!

We see here a lake close to Ottawa we did visit in June with Lucbus Real (cleopatra) and our 'tourleader' Photograph2u, Yan Hay. The water in this lake is crystal clear, something we dont see that often in Europe.
Infact..so clear that this mirror effect was possible, ITS AN UPSIDE DOWN SHOT! 180 degrees!

If you click the image you see a little enlarged
photo of the real lake! (A trick *Lucbus* explained to me, thanks Luc!)

Thanks for popping in folks.

John T

***Tempus Miscet Tristitia Laetis***

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Hi John,
With a sky like that the reflected sky will always look better than the real one, so.... hehehehe! Got you!
Whatever... the reflection is superb!
Pablo -

John you have to teach me the trick one day. After reading the note I went again to Lucbus and found the photo that inspired you (the 'Italian one ?) Good PP
Groetjes Rob
heb vrij genomen. Naar de Kaag straks :-)

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  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2006-07-04 5:52]

Excellent reflection and interesting crop.

stay well,

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2006-07-04 6:30]

Hi John

I only guessed it was an inverted shot from the white sky. Superb reflections & colour. Tfs!

How said the sky is so far from the earth?John could all to make closely:):):)
Nice work ,valentina

Very nice optical illusion. You are so creative.

Excellent John. Very beautiful composed picture. The trick is GREAT.!

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2006-07-04 8:40]

Good morning, John
Here is a challenge for you: turn the picture 90 degrees and look at it again! All kinds of interesting faces begin to emerge, like on a totem pole:)

Lovely colours, attractive composition and a good idea for the tight crop.
Best regards

hi john,
nice optical trick. details are sharp and i keep on staring it for a long time... which one is real! tfs.

Very nice!! as Luc says, pitty it wasn't larger in the LV. But we can see that the reflection is stunning and not easy to tell which part is up and which down!!
well done!
P.S. It cooled here a bit, we are now away from almost 40C :)))
regards from Serbia (without Montenegro lol)

Hi John,

I never would have guessed!!! It looked real to me... (*_*)

Well done

hello John..
so nice reflections, so nice landcape shot..
excellent! cheers..
greetings and best wishes from Turkey

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  • sign Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 51 W: 0 N: 118] (823)
  • [2006-07-04 12:35]

Hi John,
excellent picture and great trick! I like the great green colours!
Looks lovely!

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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2006-07-04 15:39]

great & interesting reflection on water with great colors. Well done.

Good reflection shot John and well 'flipped'. Even colourings and good clarity. TFS,
Many thanks for your comment on
Windeward Bound

Hi John,
Excellent Nature composition my friend.
I like your pov,dof,colors,reflection effect,frame and composition.TFS

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2006-07-04 17:41]

Hi John,
Finally, a little time for Treklens! You mystified us here. What beautiful reflections with fine details. Bravo for the creativity! Annie

PS/ Robert transmitted your greetings to me. Thank you. It will be necessary to come in Gaspésie at the time of your next stay!!

Hello dear bro! Really well done! I know this lake, when the sun is showing the water is green even if the name of the lake is Pink :))

Well done on your illusion! :)

Take care, sis :)

great shot, a perfect reflect. well catch.


Amazing shot John! Great beauty and really seems like an illusion.

Just beauuutiful, John. I like the perspective and the near-symmetry: meaning the colour of the sky seems to reflect differently in the water.
Continue to have a great time out there!

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  • lucbus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1809 W: 92 N: 1864] (10358)
  • [2006-07-05 5:23]

Hi John,
Great reflection you have capture of this lake with the not so good weather condition. Very well done.

You've managed correctly to add a larger view but it's not really larger it is just 820 pixels and 54K. You could have gone up to 4000 pixels wide and 400k for the file.


Hi John.
An impressive work my friend, congratulations.
Thanks for sharing, have a great week.


Hi John,
this is great, crystal clear reflections, brilliant colors and composition, tfs,

this is perfect reflection my friend.
i like it.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 482 W: 69 N: 18] (72)
  • [2006-07-05 17:23]

hi friend
congratulation it is really optical illusion. pov, colours, focus, sharpness and details are great. excellent reflection
thanks for sharing

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  • Josine Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 922 W: 21 N: 652] (4069)
  • [2006-07-06 16:53]

Johnny you got me upside down :-)
Super, what a great idea to do this and the other if you click, magic! To bad the normal sky is a bit white
Mooi mooi :-) Doei

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  • olam Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 112 W: 7 N: 13] (628)
  • [2006-07-09 5:28]

Oh! I wish I could be there! Great outdoors are the first pros of Canada for me! And it's shown well here! Congrat., take care, Ola

Excellent John - whichever way is up!

hi John, brilliant photograph here. Now you mention it, makes sense why the sky looks 'brighter'..! lol !

Nice going.. Best regards, Daniel

I enjoy very much that kind of illusion with the possibility to reverse and confuse people.. I did a couple too. It need very good time without wind :)
You did an excellent catch!

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  • HaBeMa Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 520 W: 33 N: 619] (3072)
  • [2006-07-17 16:26]

Hi john;how are you my friend;this photos very quality and beatiful..

Merhaba John
Cok guzel calisma eline saglik. Eminim bu fotografi cekerken cok keyif almissindir. Cunku manzara harika.


Hi john,
Great wide work,
And such a clear reflection is amazing,
nice green,



Hi John,
superb photo, I love the reflexion, look like a mirror not water,
great colors, light, and framing.
Great job you did;

Beautiful mirror image with that reflection.
I looked at it closely and there is not a lot of difference in the reflection and the actual trees.
:) later

Hoi John,

Heel gaaf gedaan dit! De foto opzich is al fraai maar de truk maakt hem bijzonder!

Groeten uit Den Haag :)

Saludos John

wow una verdadera belleza de visión


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