This is another weekly photo challenge known as Thursday’s Special. This week Thursday’s Special is bringing you the theme “Illusion”. In my photo of island San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice I played with the gradient filter to blur some parts of the image and to create an illusion of a miniature model Venice.

This is just one of the ways to create an illusion in photography. For this theme you can use forced perspective, fake miniatures, creative bokeh, panning, long exposure, silhouette photography – to name but few of the most commonly used tools. Come to think of it, any type of pictorial photograph should fit the bill.    

Today it is the 30th March, and you have a week to respond (i.e. by Wednesday 5th April). Can’t wait to see your entries. Happy Thursday!

©Paula Borkovic

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A few pointers about participating in the challenge: 

  • Make a photo post post on today’s theme, before next Thursday.

  • Link to this challenge post, and tag your post #thursdaysspecial

  • Leave a comment under this post.

I am very happy with the entries for this challenge. Please click on the links to see some wonderful stuff:


  1. ​Paula! You are a genius! The lyrics and the topic with the image stitched seamlessly. The lyrics alone would keep me busy for hours. “…distorted imagination wandered from exile among nations and lands that have adopted me, in exchange for a laugh along the echoes of history…” The imagery is rich with references to clowns and magicians (or priests?) Thank you once again for the delightful post.

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    • Thank you very much, Sylvia. This makes that I don’t have to get a tilt and shift camera. These things must cost fortune. Luckily there are now ways to create this illusion in post processing. Some years ago I did the same thing with Paris (captured from Montparnasse). The song is really terrific. Our blogger friend Postcards got the translation right. Talco is a young band from Venice singing ska punk genre.

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    • Oh yes, I now hear that you’ve enjoyed it, and that you liked the tune too. I’m sorry I can’t provide translation of the lyrics 🙂

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  4. I love your photo. I’ll see if I can come up with something. I’m guessing you don’t mean illusions created by merging several images in Photoshop or some similar program.


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    • Thank you for finding time for this challenge in your busy schedule. I’ve just seen it. You did wonderfully and put a big smile on my face. xx


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