Flying Boat Illusion

I saw this photo few months ago, but somehow completely forgot about it – until today. I was reminded of it by Jason Ahn. I love all the things that have something to do with sea and summer so this photo was really joyful for me. If you are long time reader, you will recall similar illusion I took with my camera while on vacation in Dalmatia, where I originate from. This photo also shows a “flying” boat, but the effect is achieved by beautiful crystal clear beaches in the Republic of Maldives in the Indian Ocean. I’m still fighting with that Google indexing problem I talked about in previous post, if you have some clues, drop me an email!

18 Replies to “Flying Boat Illusion”

  1. o this is simple…the shadow is on the sea floor and the boat is at water level. It just appears to be floating on air because the water is clear creating the illusion that the shadow is on the water. :) But it looks really cool!

  2. Folks, this is not exactly due solely to crystal clear waters… in fact, you can achieve this anywhere the water is reasonably clean.
    What they used here is a polarizing filter installed on the camera lens; the filter allows you to discard a lot of reflections, thus eliminating the usual glares that appear on the water (you can see them farther in the image, a polarizer filter does its work wih rays coming at a certain angle). Those filters, which are pretty inexpensive, by the way, also help you get amazing, deep skies and I really recommend them as the standard filter to be used in any lens for protection purposes as well as technical. I can assure you my polarizing filters have proven really useful and worth every cent.

  3. Whoa, Vurdlak, you’re from Dalmatia? YOU’RE A DALMATIAN!

    Cool illusion, the boat really does look like it’s flying. Where is Dalmatia? It looks great.

  4. does anyone know where theey are have beaches that have wawther this clear?

    reply to me on my YouTube page which is Tazy50

  5. Erm actually from my point of view the boat is underwater then the water is not too deep so you can see the shadow of teh boat,

    JUST A GUESS >:)

  6. its really obvious that its abouve the water and i cant see that its floating… oh well!
    ( )( ) <- does this count as an optical illusion?

  7. nice! i hope i can see more illusions and the like. i’ll be expecting for greater and interesting illusions like this !!!!!

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