Originally posted by BrianVillar
I think that Pareidolia works both ways.
Halfway through the editing process, you can see the highlighted areas on your enhanced photo are the same color as the background sky which you
indicated as the "Loop" of the bag handle. However you just picked out one of the "Sky Colored" areas and left out the rest. You can't just
forget about those other spots.
Those other spots would also appear to be open blue sky which would mean that it is definitely not a bag.
Looking at it as a bag, it would even seem strange that only the "top" of the bag has billowed out and not the bottom, which is typical of a bag
caught in the wind.
Indeed Pareidolia is a powerful thing!
Actually I "saw" a plastic bag, when I first rotated the original image. (I still see a plastic bag now, when I look at the original image.)
I do indeed see sky coloured areas in and around the object.
I did highlight one to show what I thought looked like the loop of the bag handle. (To emphasise and make it easier for everyone else to see what I
I don't actually think that I "ignored" all of the rest, as I theorised that the bag was lightweight and reflective. (A lighweight and reflective
bag viewed outside in bright sunlight will almost certainly show similar colouring to it's surroundings. (In this case the sky.))
The sky coloured areas within the object could simply be reflections, jpeg compressive artefacts, "show-through" of the background colour due to the
thinness of the objects material, or actual holes/rips/tears in the object.
I think that they are a combination of reflections and show-through, myself.
As for the billowing aspect of a bag blowing in the wind.... well, I guess we just have to go with our own experiences. I've seen several bags in the
wind, and they all looked different. Some flattened out and swirling, some full of air and soaring, and most somewhere in between - partially inflated
with deformities where the seams, handle loops, or reinforced bottoms are.
In this case, I see nothing which discounts the bag theory. (Yes, even in the original photo with NO editing)
It looks very much like a partially inflated bag with some kinking deformities in it, especially towards what would be the bottom (or base) of the bag
- which is exactly what I would expect to see in a plastic bag with slightly heavier base.
BTW - you'll notice that I haven't said "It's a Bag"?
I'm just voicing my opinion on what I personally see in the photo. I "see" what looks like a plastic bag.
My (crude) editing of the brightness/contrast/outline was intended to make it easier for others to see what I'm seeing. It was certainly not intended
as a definitive analysis of the object, and I'm genuinely sorry if I've upset or annoyed anyone, but that's what I see, and I don't think I'm
alone in that.
Looking at the original photo, zoomed in and rotated, I can still see a plastic bag. I can even see what looks like the image of a man's face on the
front of the bag! Damn this Pareidolia!! lol
Here it is - unedited, apart from zoom/crop/rotate.