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!

  • Anonymous

    that’s really cool

  • Magz

    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!

  • Anonymous

    Try spelling “sea” correctly

  • Ángel

    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.

  • Homfrog

    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.

  • Anonymous

    thats really cool
    “sea” is spelled corectly

  • Anonymous

    I wish I could swim there.

  • 05zscott

    thats amazing i’m likin thu water lol
    is that a tru pic.x

  • Anonymous

    if u look at it carefully, it also looks like its under the water
    cool illusion by the way

  • Anonymous

    I personally think the boat is UNDER the water…

  • cool

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

    reply to me on my YouTube page which is Tazy50

  • sea is spelt right, dumbass XD

  • Woodcrow

    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 >:)

  • Observe and Report

    I also see a face in the clouds in the upper left of this picture

  • Anonymous

    if you look at it the right way, the boat can seem like its under the water too

  • Ella

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

  • Kanogias

    a boat

  • jelica manzano

    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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