Optical Illusion?

Not sure what line this was on the MBTA but while waiting for the train these shiny objects caught my eye.  And as I’ve said before – if it looks interesting, shoot it!  I decided to convert to B&W because metal just looks so good in monochrome.  But when I had finished with the image and took a step back after editing I noticed that all of the lines in the tiles and bricks were playing tricks on my eyes; leading me in a certain direction.

It seems as though the image is wider at the top than at the bottom.  Is it just me or do you see it too?



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  1. #1 by Timothy Price on May 2, 2014 - 1:24 am

    It does have a watery illusion to it. Nice photo. BTW These are called FDCs — Fire Dept Connections.

    • #2 by imagesbytdashfield on May 2, 2014 - 6:37 am

      Thanks for the name. I guess the R15 signifies where it’s located on the line.

  2. #3 by Lignum Draco on May 2, 2014 - 3:23 am

    Most likely a form of lens related chromatic aberration. You see it when shooting vertical lines and they converge at the site furthest from the lens. Some software can correct for it. I mostly just ignore it.

    • #4 by imagesbytdashfield on May 2, 2014 - 6:40 am

      Interesting but I feel it just the angle of the shot along with the vertical and horizontal lines causing the effect.

  3. #5 by bulldog on May 2, 2014 - 4:40 am

    Is it not what one would expect from that angle… ??

  4. #7 by seaangel4444 on May 2, 2014 - 8:14 am

    Only you can take a picture of an inanimate object and make it look amazing!! Cher xo

    • #8 by imagesbytdashfield on May 2, 2014 - 8:16 am

      You are too kind! Now wait until I (hopefully) make it up to your town with the camera 😉

      • #9 by seaangel4444 on May 2, 2014 - 8:17 am

        Oh my goodness wouldn’t that be a fantastic treat! I think we’d all see the city through different eyes. No, I most definitely am just telling it like it is, my dear!!! Please wave hi to Timmies for me! *LOL* Cher xo

  5. #10 by Pride in Photos Photography on May 2, 2014 - 9:05 am

    They always say, if you have leading lines to convert it to B/W! You did an amazing job with this.

  6. #12 by Ron Scubadiver on May 2, 2014 - 10:37 am

    Looks like perspective distortion to he Teri.

  7. #13 by The Dose of Reality on May 2, 2014 - 12:21 pm

    I see it, too!! I love optical illusions like that!! What an interesting picture!! –Lisa

  8. #14 by ChgoJohn on May 4, 2014 - 8:31 pm

    I sure am glad you mentioned it. I don’t want to get a new script for my glasses yet and this shot would have had me thinking it was time. 🙂

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