You're not looking at a digital painting or a photo that's been manipulated with Photoshop or some sort of hyper real painting here. You're looking at a real photograph taken with a real camera. No Photoshopping at all. Hard to believe, right?
How did the photographer, Patrick on Flickr, pull off this delirium-inducing image? Quite simply, actually. He just used a sheet of glass with water droplets on it. Seriously, take a look at his photo setup:
Those little water droplets made the one bowl of M&M's underneath the glass look like a hundred different floating orbs of colour. He can get so many different "Photoshopped looking" photos from that setup:
The photo, which was recently spotted by The Awesomer, proves that you don't always need Photoshop to trick the mind, the mind will easily trick itself.