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Depth illusion of the moving spot in mantis eyes

 
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rjlittlefield
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2007 9:41 pm    Post subject: Depth illusion of the moving spot in mantis eyes Reply with quote

As an animated gif (should be moving):


As a stereo pair (for parallel viewing):


In an earlier posting, I described the "moving" black spot that's often seen in the eyes of insects, such as this mantis. When seen in motion (image #1, or in stereo (image #2), the black spot appears to be deep inside the eye, maybe even beyond it. Under a stereo microscope, the effect is compelling. I could not capture it perfectly in these photographs, but perhaps you will get the idea.

The second picture can be viewed larger here. A particularly good viewer is StereoPhoto Maker, which allows to zoom and pan interactively, and also to switch quickly between parallel and crossed-eye viewing, whichever you find more convenient.

--Rik

Technical: Canon 300D, Sigma 105mm at 1:1, cropped. Natural lighting, subject in full sun against shaded background, f/11. Finished in Photoshop and Image Ready.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2007 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wonderful research Rik. You always give the scientific method 120%
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