Matchstick zoom!

© Ryan Murphy

Matchstick zoom!

Uploaded: January 25, 2010


This effect was achieved entirely in-camera.
I arranged the matchsticks as they appear in this photo.
Then I focused on the four innermost matches.
I set the exposure to be 1.3 seconds(at f/11 and ISO 100) and zoomed out as the shutter was open.

Optical Illusions!
+ If you view large, and scroll up and down, it appears as if the matches are bending
+ If you stare at the center for long enough, it appears as if the center is expanding (thanks for this tip, Dominick)

1/6 - CA

Exif: F Number: 11, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 13/10 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 100, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 120.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 7D


Dominick M. Dimacale level-addict January 25, 2010

WoW, such an great image and the Illusion when you look at it longer, it seems that it is "Expanding"!Lovely work, Ryan.

Dominick #1230938

Cathy Barrows January 25, 2010

fantastic it #8328373

Ryan Murphy January 25, 2010

thanks dominick and cathy!

Question for anyone else - is this better suited entered in EoD, D&M, or Catch All? I picked D&M, but still can't figure out if that's right... #8328509

Patti Coblentz January 25, 2010

SUPERB!!!!! Great work, Ryan!!

Entry category a toss up...D&M seems right, but EOD would work, too. Looks like a winner, no matter where it sits!!! Great work!

Patti #8328670

Joan Powell January 25, 2010

You're making me dIzZy , excellent idea and wonderful work of art #8328730

Kay E. Mahoney level-classic January 25, 2010

Nice capture, Ryan. #8329021

Nadia Paul January 25, 2010

Great idea and fabulous image Ryan! #8329507

Linda D. Lester level-classic January 31, 2010

WOW!!!! How creative!! It does a number on the eyes! #8344110

Kim Dietrich Elam February 14, 2010

cool image, Ryan!!! #8381028

Patrick Rouzes June 07, 2010

CONGRATULATIONS on this superb finalist, Ryan! WTg! #8673049

Renee Doyle level-classic June 08, 2010

That is very cool!!! Congratulations Ryan!! #8676883

Susan Candelario June 08, 2010

Very cool & clever, Ryan! C O N G R A T S on your well deserved finalist! #8679460

Phyllis H. Burchett June 08, 2010

Awesome Ryan, congratulations on your finalist! #8680193

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic June 09, 2010

This is a very cool finalist!
Good luck for the next round!
~♥~Lisa #8681499

Charlotte LaBarbera level-classic February 11, 2011

Freezing cold weather in Southwest Louisiana. No sun for days at a time. What to do? Ask and you shall receive. Thanks for the inspiration - love the image. #9231116

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