If you’ve ever snapped a photo of a plane’s spinning propeller, and then scratched your head over the bizarre results, this hypnotic Gif will help you understand what exactly went wrong—although nothing actually did.
Rolling shutter effect shots are always cool, but usually used to shoot moving objects, like airplane propellers. What if you stuck the camera on the propeller? You'd get a combination of the view from the Cyclone rides at amusement parks and the view from an acid trip.
Kyle Jones, a guitarist, had the clever idea of recording himself playing guitar from inside his guitar. He didn't expect to see the guitar strings turn into wacky, wavy and shapely lines. It's crazy. And it's thanks to the iPhone.
Unless the blades of this airplane propellor can defy gravity and float, the iPhone's camera totally distorted reality with this picture. How did this happen? No, it's not Photoshop. It's because of the camera's "rolling shutter".
What's wrong with that video from last night? Things seems a bit skewed, distorted, and wiggly-jiggly. No, I'm not focused on that redhead in the tiny pink shirt, I'm talking about a fixable issue with CMOS-based video cameras.