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Bizarre illusion..you tell me...(7 posts)

Bizarre illusion..you tell me...JamesT.Kirk
Jun 18, 2001 7:24 PM
I've seen this several times, so maybe someone has an explanation..
You know how sometimes you see pictures of bikes w/ the cranks on the left side of the BB? I was watching "Mario Eats Italy" on the food channel this evening and Mario and his chubby buddy were cycling through the countryside. At one point, they are coasting down a hill and I noticed that the cranks were on the "wrong" side of the bike. Just as I was about to bore my wife with this tidbit, they cut to another shot and both bikes now had the cranks on the "correct" side (the right). Is this something to do with the camera? Do they flip film around? Anyone know? I know it's not really cycling related, but they were on bikes in ITALY! I've actually seen race photos were they cranks are reversed as well as text on jerseys etc..
I was too busymike mcmahon
Jun 18, 2001 7:43 PM
trying to figure out why Mario was riding in clogs to notice that the drive side was on the left in some of the scenes. I couldn't figure out whether it was funny or just sad to see a guy the size of Mario's riding partner in full Pantani get-up.
at least...JamesT.Kirk
Jun 18, 2001 8:28 PM
he had the courtesy to wear something over his lycra...I still haven't figured out what he's there for. If it's comic relief, it isn't working...great show though, more about the culture than the cooking. ciao.
Not true, Roony's a riot!AlexR
Jun 19, 2001 9:57 AM
Great show. Did you see the wheels on Roony's bike? Shamals. Oooooooooooohhhhhhh!

Alex
Bad Special EffectsCima Coppi
Jun 18, 2001 9:31 PM
What you are seeing is nothing more than bad special effects, where a computer can "mirror" the film to give a different perspective.

I have also noticed this in many non-professional photographs. In particular, a shot from the movie Breaking Away, where the same illusion is witnessed. With photos, its quite east to do, just develop the negative on its back side, and the photo will be mirrored. Now with digital photography, you can easily do the same thing in a professional graphic software package, such as Photoshop.
re: Bizarre illusion..you tell me...MeDotOrg
Jun 19, 2001 10:43 AM
If you flip the negative, wouldn't it flip the lettering? I'd see if I could see the bike name on the downtube or sponsorship info, because that should have flipped too...

I've been told here is a scene in "Titanic" where the ship is docked at SouthHampton. The negative was flipped to put the correct side of the ship next to the dock for historical accuracy. Cameron knew he had to do this and actually had mirrored letters used for the scene.
re: Bizarre illusion..you tell me...jschrotz
Jun 19, 2001 11:10 AM
The film was probably flipped as you suggested. I've seen several photos in bike mags like that. It puzzled me a bit too at first, until I realized all the lettering on the bike and the rider's jersey was backwards.

"To err is human, but to really screw something up, use a computer."