” Patience is the ability to idle your motor when you feel like stripping your gears.” ~ B Johnson
Okay, folks….I have something to tell you. Have you been following the story of “the dress”? You know, the internet dress photo that people see as either white and gold or blue and black? If you have not, here’s just one link about the chaos:
When I read about it, it immediately interested me as a photographer. Color (or lack of it, as in monotone) is of utmost importance in conveying what you want to “say” in an image and to its pleasing aesthetics. So I immediately went to a few sites that offered some explanations and based on those articles, I decided “I must have a lot of cones vs. rods in my eyeballs” as the dress was clearly blue and black in my mind. I could not even fathom how anyone could possibly see white and gold. I kept the above website up and decided to go into another area of the house and put on some makeup in my heavily lit (incandescent light) bathroom. Lo and behold, I come back to my screen and the dress magically changed before my very eyes to white and gold! So, you also probably do not just see the dress as EITHER blue/black or white/gold (as I had initially thought true according to some of the articles) but in both, depending on the light you have been exposed to prior to viewing. To prove that, I immediately started just messing around on my computer for a bit to give my eyes time to adjust (in a naturally lit room and where I initially saw it as blue and black) with the above website still up and when I went back to that dress once more…..it had changed back to blue and black! Incandescent light (yellow hued) vs. daylight (blue hued)? Could it be that there is white balance mechanism in our very own eyes? I cannot tell you anything about that aspect, if true. I’ll leave that to the real scientists. I just stayed at the Holiday Inn last night (American ad joke) so take what I say with a grain of salt.
I can now drop the dress off at the cleaners ; I am satisfied with it being about the quality of light I had been exposed to just prior to viewing it. Taylor Swift can stop panicking and Kim and what’s his name can not have this be the straw that breaks their marriage’s back.
Oh, and the truck above? Decidedly YELLOW.