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This article and the ensuing melee caught my eye. 

 

I can't work out why nobody talked about the auto-white balance software in the camera being the culprit? The Wired article talks about the white balance as fixing the problem but doesn't really mention how it got so far off in the first place. And everyone got bonkers hung up on the polarization of people's views instead of just saying "Colour perception? well, you can't trust that." What was that about?

 

 

 

 

 

 


"The changing of bodies into light, and light into bodies, is very conformable to the course of Nature, which seems delighted with transmutations." - Sir Isaac Newton

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This article and the ensuing melee caught my eye. 

 

I can't work out why nobody talked about the auto-white balance software in the camera being the culprit? The Wired article talks about the white balance as fixing the problem but doesn't really mention how it got so far off in the first place. And everyone got bonkers hung up on the polarization of people's views instead of just saying "Colour perception? well, you can't trust that." What was that about?

I'm a gold and white person but I have got it to appear blue and black to me in lightroom by moving colour temperature slider hard left, moving tint a bit right and playing with exposure.  BTW I've posted on the same subject in the re-touching forum.

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I don't understand why the world made such a fuss about this topic either.  Yes, it's just the matter of AWB going wrong and the exposure being under in the area of the dress.


"The eye is blind if the mind is absent." - Confucius

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It's regrettable that when the interweb public decides to viralize a photographic issue, it's done over a poor example of a common flaw in imaging systems that any experienced photographer has dealt with a million times, and could explain in ten seconds. 

There's nothing[interesting] to see here.


Keith B.

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It's regrettable that when the interweb public decides to viralize a photographic issue, it's done over a poor example of a common flaw in imaging systems that any experienced photographer has dealt with a million times, and could explain in ten seconds. 

There's nothing[interesting] to see here.

Don't agree, it is interesting that half the people - when looking at the same image on the same device - see it as clearly gold and white while the other half see it as - correctly as it happens - blue and black. I look at my monitor and see a Gold and White dress, you might look over my shoulder and see the same image as Blue and Black without twitching the colour balance controls at all - it's an optical illusion that's nothing to do with photography directly.

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The fuss could have been a stealth marketing :D

 

http://www.romanoriginals.co.uk/

 

Click "Debate Now" to see:

 

http://www.romanoriginals.co.uk/invt/70931?colour=Royal-Blue

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"The eye is blind if the mind is absent." - Confucius

http://www.flickr.com/photos/akiraphoto/

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I used to live in Lichfield - there is a Roman Originals store there. They aren't that clever.

 

I think there are all sorts of things this brings up - device calibration, auto white balance, auto exposure are the third three that rush, breathless and panting to the fore - but I'm with Dave, there has been something about the threshold of this particular image that has drawn attention to the subjectivity of colour perception. Now, all that's needed is for people to a) stop being so bombastic about subjective matters and B) expand that thinking beyond just colour.

 

Oh well, here's hoping...

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"The changing of bodies into light, and light into bodies, is very conformable to the course of Nature, which seems delighted with transmutations." - Sir Isaac Newton

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XKCD: http://xkcd.com/1492/

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