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   CaliforniaMama  Wednesday Aug 21 01:39 AM

August 20, 2013 - The Impossible Photo

Can it be done?



Is it real or is it a composite?

Found on Imgur



BigV  Wednesday Aug 21 01:42 AM

Cute. Of course it can be done.



glatt  Wednesday Aug 21 07:58 AM

Pretty easily too. You just move the camera up and down until they are aligned.



Happy Monkey  Wednesday Aug 21 10:50 AM

Tricky in a car, though. And, for added difficulty, there are three points lining up, not just two. Two on the foreground hill, and one on the background hill.



Lamplighter  Wednesday Aug 21 01:17 PM

Now wait a minute...

The car is supposedly going one direction (frontwards).
The "rear view mirror" is supposedly showing this "frontwards" scene ?

Looks more to me like the actual rear view mirror has been removed,
so we are only looking thru the frame.
... and possibly through a movable clear glass filter that is used
to deflect bright headlights from cars that are following at night.



Happy Monkey  Wednesday Aug 21 01:22 PM

It's supposed to be hills behind and in front of the car lining up in the mirror. If it was a transparent "mirror", you wouldn't see whatever that white thing in the corner is.



Lamplighter  Wednesday Aug 21 01:39 PM

HM, I think I disagree.

I think the grey thing inside the frame is a hinge gismo that holds the mirror or glass
that the driver uses to flip the night-time reflected (rear view) image out of sight.

Here's a link that explains what I am trying to say....



Happy Monkey  Wednesday Aug 21 01:50 PM

The mechanism to adjust the mirror is in the middle, is part of the joint between the mirror and the stem (said attachment is not visible in the picture; it's behind the mirror), and it wouldn't be a different colored plastic from the mirror frame.

It could be a composite of two shots of the same hills, but I don't think it's just a transparent mirror frame.



glatt  Wednesday Aug 21 02:09 PM

That light colored thing in the mirror is the 3rd brake light in the rear window.



BigV  Wednesday Aug 21 05:18 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by glatt View Post
That light colored thing in the mirror is the 3rd brake light in the rear window.
My first thought was the corner of the headrest, but I like your idea better.


Gravdigr  Wednesday Aug 21 05:58 PM

It's a car.

Attachment 45193



Lamplighter  Wednesday Aug 21 06:28 PM

Here is Google Street view of the same place (different time)
You can play with the location of the street view image.

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=edgew...3,,0,1.11&z=20

And here is the rear view mirror pic along with it.



Lamplighter  Wednesday Aug 21 10:01 PM

Here is Google's Street View (rear facing) view at the same location...



BigV  Thursday Aug 22 12:02 PM

I wouldn't presume that the mirror is perpendicular to the direction of travel



Happy Monkey  Thursday Aug 22 01:59 PM

There is a bald spot in roughly the right location on that rear-view hill. And the blue-with distance background hill is a decent match as well.



Lamplighter  Thursday Aug 22 03:07 PM

I neglected to flip the rearward view horizontally for the mirror image.

This is the image that should appear in the OP's rear-view mirror...
The distant (blue) ridge looks valid, as does HM's "bald area", except the distance from the car doesn't look quite right/



SPUCK  Saturday Aug 24 07:09 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by glatt View Post
That light colored thing in the mirror is the 3rd brake light in the rear window.

Ah come on!! Don't be ridiculous. Anyone can see it's the forehead of a perusing Alien which makes the whole picture even more amazing.


CaliforniaMama  Tuesday Aug 27 04:14 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Lamplighter View Post
Here is Google Street view of the same place (different time)
How did you do that?

How did you find the location?


Lamplighter  Tuesday Aug 27 09:49 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by CaliforniaMama View Post
How did you do that?

How did you find the location?
Short term memory fails, but I think it was down in the Comments of your OP link.

ETA: WRONG, not the Comments.
It was in the link labeled "SOUR«E" on the right side of your OP link.


Your reply here?

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