Nowadays it’s hard to tell when a photo is real. Why? Because graphic designers exist. They use Adobe programs such as Photoshop, InDesign, and so forth to alter images to create a photo that wouldn’t normally be easy to capture on camera.
With that being said, most people would naturally assume that the photos below have been altered in some type of program. But people shouldn’t underestimate perception and optical illusion. Photos can trick us into seeing something that isn’t there without using any program in the process. And trust us, all the following photos are 100% real.
#35. It looks like a drawing but it’s actually an aerial photograph of a dried up river bed somewhere in Mexico.
#34. A dress where the top half seems floating at first but really there’s just a black midsection.
#33. No he’s not under water, he’s in a glacier cave in Iceland.
#32. Looks too majestic and statue like to be real, right? But it is!
#31. It looks like a beautiful mosaic but in actuality it’s a frozen pond in Switzerland.
#30. Colorful rock formations in China that look like paint streaks from a painter.
#29. This giant head of Eddie Murphy was used to promote the movie, “Meet Dave.”
#28. A rainbow laser light that was part of an art installation by Yvette Mattern.
#27. It looks like two roads but the median is actually a puddle reflecting the wood.
#26. A real life looking illustration in public created by body art.
#25. Isn’t perspective fun?
#24. Beautiful wooden spirals that the forest has grown to create a unique looking pathway.
#23. Photographer Andrew Pavlov creates incredible scenes with ants.
#22. Even with the knowledge that the floor is painted, I’d still be scared to walk foot on it.
#21. Looks like plastic, but the corn is actually glass gem corn – a form of edible popcorn.
#20. The glowworms cave in New Zealand.
#19. These trees were stained from a toxic spill in Hungary.
#18. Yes, it’s real. Would you carry a purse like this?
#17. A group of balloon pilots, scientist, and engineers were able to recreate a real life scene out of the movie Up!
#16. It’s a giant stainless steel outline by Alan Gibbs.
#15. An image of an eerie blue pond in Japan.
#14. No, it hasn’t been altered. These are real pink bugs as a result of a genetic mutation.
#13. That’s one big cat!
#12. The Red Plants in Panjin Beach, China.
#11. A mirror that was cut diagonally in half. The left is a reflection of a lady taking a photo and the right side is a different lady physically standing on the other side.
#10. A surreal fantasy looking dreamscape that an artist turned her studio into.
#9. Taken at the right time.
#8. An art installation made to look like the house has a gaping hole going through it.
#7. Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer literally playing tennis on top of water.
#6. A magical fountain tap releasing water.
#5. Don’t worry, giants aren’t real! A shot of a real model posing on a set full of scale models.
#4. It looks like the boat is floating at first, but at second glance you realize the water is just super clear.
#3. A car perfectly parked on a rock or on the road?
#2. An interesting perspective of a field from a balloon.
#1. An epic shot of the clouds that makes it look like the end of the world is coming.