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Sunset Face Optical IllusionThis is what came in few weeks ago from Peter Taylor from York, UK: “Hi I love your site and go into it everyday through my Google gadget. I took this photo the other night, but only when viewing it later did I realize I could see a face looking back at me. It’s not the greatest illusion, but on the bottom right (where the grass and clouds interact) you can see what vaguely looks like a face. Do you see it’s eyes, nose & mouth? This has had no manipulation done on it. Perhaps if it did, I could make it look even better. Keep up the good work. Your optical illusion of the day is a good start to a normal working day for me. Regards, Peter Taylor”

Sunset Face Optical Illusion


53 Responses
  1. Anonymous says:

    Creepy looking sorta

  2. Tuck says:

    Took me a minute to see, but that really looks like Obama!

  3. Daniel says:

    I think i see it… really nice photography anyway.

  4. Strawberry says:

    Beautiful picture. Very peaceful.

  5. thats what i says:

    nice picture dude!! its so cool

  6. Anonymous says:

    It looks like the watermark (ghost) on a five dollar bill! Very nice photography, I really like it.

  7. Anonymous says:

    OBAMA! HAHAHAA! Nah, I thought it looked more like McCain. =)
    The 5 dollar watermark seems more accurate.

    Awesome photo, by the way.

  8. Anonymous says:

    oh my gosh, everytime there is a hidden face illusion some idiot has to claim it looks like Obama.
    Nice photograph, but seriously people it’s an illusion it’s not “Obama’s face!!!”

  9. sooper-rosa says:

    i don’t see the face…. :(

  10. Pie says:

    i think its all the way on the right just above the horizon?? are the clouds the eyes, nose and mouth? well, if i’m wrong, could someone point it out?

  11. Anonymous says:

    it looks more like a skull

  12. EmiLiuS says:

    i see Heath Ledger!

  13. Anonymous says:

    The way the human percetual system works is by making patterns out of background “noise”. The “face” is what we have been preprogrammed to percieve. The illusion is in our minds.

  14. Anonymous says:

    It seems very few people read the description before leaving comments. Nice picture though, beautiful Yorkshire.

  15. Anonymous says:

    That’s pretty rubbish. Stare at your carpet and you will see a face. I don’t think this is purposeful.

  16. Xtremist says:

    It really does look like Obama! Wierd that he is at the far right of anything!

  17. Wobbly Wombat says:

    “Anonymous said…
    The way the human percetual
    [sic] system works is by making patterns out of background “noise”. The “face” is what we have been preprogrammed to percieve…”

    Spot on – I was about to say much the same thing before I saw this comment…
    We are basically “hard wired” to see faces; we create them in the foliage of trees, in clouds, the Moon… even the brown discolouration of a toasted cheese sandwich caused quite a stir (and a bidding war on Ebay!) because someone saw “the Face of Jesus” in their breakfast! :-/

  18. Anonymous says:

    Hmmm, yeah, a face, yeah …

    I see dead people …

  19. AdemPozhari says:

    @Wobbly Wombat

  20. Anonymous says:

    i see it not sorry!

  21. Leguan says:

    I see Friedrich Nietzsche or Lord Lucan.

  22. Anonymous says:


  23. Anonymous says:

    tres cool
    i luv it

  24. Anonymous says:

    its not stinkin Obama!!
    I cud be Jesus fur petes sake!
    Coiol pic too bad these ppl had to say it looks like Obama :P

  25. cjfoisaebsv hjkc v says:

    holey crap i see Obama!!!! it too me awile tho

  26. tacos says:

    i saw the face but i also see what seems to be hands raising out of the ground but i know its just the grass :btw: BEAUTIFUL PICTURE

  27. Alexandra says:

    Looks like Zordon :)))

  28. Angeliqa says:

    I don’t see a face, and as somebody mentioned, its usually not hard to create a face in any picture.

  29. gracie says:

    i cant see anything

  30. cosimos says:

    where’s the face,please explain :(

  31. lilly says:

    holy crap im so blonde i dont see any face wat face? and who the hell is obama?

  32. swim says:

    i dont see it∆

  33. AHA says:

    Oh okay I see the image now its in the lower right of the image right before the grass. Try closing your eyes for a few seconds and then look again you should see it.

  34. Marci says:

    I see the face just fine. It took me a moment, but I can see it now. And the tassel on the end of the really tall grass on the right kinda looks like a person hanging on for dear life to me.

    Yes, the human brain is hardwired to see faces where there are none. So are most digital cameras these days. I’m not sure why people are complaining about this, though, because that’s basically the concept behind any “double meaning” or “hidden image” type picture.

  35. Starkin says:

    It looks like the Exorcist face from the Maze Game Screamer

  36. Kevin says:

    I see the face… Also is it just me or does the tip of the grass mid-left in the image vaguely spell FACE as well! Check it out!

  37. Shriya says:

    Beautiful:) I love sunsets (I can sorta see the face) but good on you for not photoshopping it:)

  38. goodygirl says:

    that is so obama

  39. pokemon boy1 says:

    don’t see no face mon, no obama in my head mon (say in head in jamaican accent mon!)

  40. Meg says:

    i dont seee it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  41. Meg says:

    oh know i do

  42. 4 those who don’t see it, think perhaps of shadows, silhouettes which is also known as ‘negative space’ DEFINITION: Negative space, in art, is the space around and between the subject(s) of an image. Negative space may be most evident when the space around a subject, and not the subject itself, forms an interesting or artistically relevant shape, and such space is occasionally used to artistic effect as the “real” subject of an image. The use of negative space is a key element of artistic composition

  43. someone u don't know says:

    i see it

  44. Danni says:

    i saw it but also in the middle i can see a manga face and on the left hand side i can vagly see another (sorry about my spelling im only 10)

  45. Neil says:

    Well – you can find anything anywhere if you really look that closely. Kinda like Jesus on burnt toast!

  46. Taylor says:

    …………….yea i dnt see it -.-

  47. WowowKFC! says:

    Its not obama it’s Colonel “Kernal” Sanders (KFC guy)

  48. gogirl552 says:

    wow!!!!!!!!!! a face FREAKY…

  49. Samantha Kist says:

    GRRR These are hard but fun
    First i wuz like I-I (squinting)
    Then i wuz like O_O (freaked out)

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