Recently, the Bidens went to see the Carters out in Georgia, but one photo from their visit has stolen the spotlight...
And it may just be one of the most confusing illusions we've ever seen.
The snapshot was posted by the Carters' charity account, The Carter Center, and immediately, confused comments rolled in.
From discussing lenses to breaking down proportions of the picture, no topic was off-limits...
We voted for Biden because he's a decent human being with sound policies but also because he and Jill are giants who will crush you if you make them angry.— Sister Celluloid (@sistercelluloid) May 4, 2021
Why do The Carter’s look like miniatures?! They are amazing wonderful people 👍🏼The proportions here are off somehow. Who else agrees?!— Penny Lane (@pennyLane4earth) May 4, 2021
Not sure who photoshopped this photo but they did a horrible job 😂— Carson🖤💙 (@OceanEyes50) May 4, 2021
This warms my heart. Here are 4 of the finest people ever put on this earth.— ThatDarnShrink (@that_darn) May 4, 2021
regardless of it being edited or not it's hilarious people are trying to defend a picture where the bidens look like they showed up for a tea party in the carters barbie house— Dad Jokes Panda (@TrashPandaFTW) May 4, 2021
Adorable! But am I the only one who thinks this looks like a tiny doll museum, and Joe and Jill are giants?— The Real Beth (@BethyBeeez) May 4, 2021
This is just exactly what I expect the Carters house to look like perfect grandparents house.— April Hughes (@AprilHu43255635) May 4, 2021
Worst photoshop ever— Kelly Campagna (@warriorwoman91) May 4, 2021
Dude what is with the size difference between these people what the hell is going on here— 😼 (@_shrimbegin) May 4, 2021
Are they mini people?— Franglaise (@luxurygite) May 4, 2021
People don't think of camera lenses often, but this is a good example of how one can make a scene look odd. The photographer who chose this lens for this scene goofed. In this age of demanded perfection online, that's rare. Might have been the only camera handy to capture this.— God Help America (@mrkruk) May 4, 2021
SOOO happy to see such warm, caring people all together. It's like looking at family. And oh yeah, these are leaders of our Democracy. Couldn't be more proud!!! Best to you all!— Kevin Gardner (@MrKevinGardner) May 4, 2021
They look so small and fragile. But still very vital.— CreativeTweets (@CreativeTweets) May 4, 2021
Hello, Carter Center, Why do Flotus and Potus look gigantic next to the Carters, it is a nice photo, but it looks very bizarre, how did that happen?— Dr Granny's Inner Child! 🦋🇺🇸🤗United🥰🇺🇸🦋 (@DoctorRobin) May 4, 2021
The photograph shows the Bidens kneeling beside the Carters but from a very strange perspective.
The distortion makes both Joe and Jill look twice the size of Jimmy and Rosalynn. But the wild thing is that Jimmy's feet look weirdly large compared to the rest of his body, so what does that mean?
If we look at the facts, Joe is only 5 cm taller than Jimmy.
And Jill is shorter than them both, so it wouldn't make sense for her to tower over the former president like that.
Some people blamed the use of a "wide-lens..."
While others suggested the obvious: Maybe the Carters had just shrunk due to old age?
I think I'll put my money on the former.
After all the questions and confusion, it would only make sense to provide some possible answers delivered to use from photography experts, right?
Don't worry, we got you.
According to The Guardian, you don't need special effects or an expensive camera to create such an illusion - a regular iPhone will do.
"The image is possibly distorted by using a wide-angle lens," they reported. "When taking photos in a smaller space you often don't have room to move far enough back to get everyone in the frame, so you use a lens that can take it all in."
"Unfortunately, if you use a lens that is really wide, while also standing very close to the subjects, it will distort the photo, making those close to the camera appear giant while shrinking those further away."
And if you're looking to do the opposite, you use a "zoom-in lens."
This makes the subjects of the photo look closer together.
And here are a few tips if you're looking to re-create a snapshot like this...
You don't need anything special to create this level of trickery. If you have an iPhone 11 or 12 you can just implement the wide-angle setting in the camera on the phone to capture a wider view.
But if you do happen to have a professional camera, then you can crank it up a notch.
If you use a lens with a focal length of approximately 10-15mm, you can achieve an even more dramatic outcome, with the subject of your photo completely looming over whoever else is in the shot. Pretty cool, right?
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go try it out.
Here's the picture for reference.
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