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Can You "Spot" The Hidden Dots?

David McMahon

Melbourne, Australia

Artist's Description

If you look at this image for a few seconds, you can actually see white dots appearing at the intersection of each square.
I’m accustomed to the usual 3D images and the genre of optical illusions, but I don’t think I’ve ever really seen a photograph function as a visual illusion. At the point where your focus is strongest, the dots actually appear to flash – singly or as a group.
We’re in the middle of a heatwave here (with a Code Red bushfire warning today) and I shot this yesterday afternoon (January 10, 2010) when we had lunch at Cafe Medici, a waterfront restaurant in the Docklands area.
We chose to dine outdoors (under cover, I hasten to add) and as we walked to out table, I noticed the square shadows cast on this outdoor plate-stacking galley.

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F8, 1/500, ISO 200, focal length 125mm.

Featured in LOVE AFFAIR WITH THE LENS, January 2010.

Featured in CEE’S FUN ARTSY FRIENDS, January 2010.

Top 10 in PLATES/ CROCKERY Challenge, August 2011.

Featured in PHOTOGRAPHY CHALLENGE, August 2011.
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