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(Boing Boing)   Not unusual: man wonders if Vermeer might have "cheated" his photorealistic paintings. Unusual: spends years to conduct the experiment, even recreating the 17th century furniture in the room   ( divider line
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2014-06-11 03:19:54 PM  

nmrsnr: thatboyoverthere: Article even says why that wouldn't work.

Actually it just said that you can't do "on the fly" color compensating, because the colors would look wrong. It doesn't say why, if you tried it and found your colors off, you could make your color palette before painting, and then ignore what your brain is telling you when you paint it on. Or you could meticulously trace out where you are going to do all your shadings on the canvas, and then paint over that while looking directly at it.

In fact, just thinking about it, there's a problem with the guy's whole argument. If your eye can't see it, what does the use of mirrors matter? You still wouldn't be able to see the change in shade, because you are still using your eye and not film.

The article wasn't very good at exlaining it. It's not the film that increases the contrast, but rather the lenses and mirrors of the camera which can increase the contrast of the projected image. The artist then paints based off the projected image with the increased contrast.
2014-06-11 03:38:26 PM  

Loreweaver: Nearly every inventor in recorded history has admitted to getting their best ideas while in the tub or shower, or while doing any number of other daily, mundane tasks.

There is a term sometimes used at the Banzai Institute: The three Bs, meaning the Bus, the Bath, and the Bed. That is where the greatest discoveries are made in science. When one is at his most relaxed, her most receptive, that is when a foreign consciousness, a "stray bullet" as B. Banzai calls it, may pop into one's head.
2014-06-11 04:03:10 PM  

Phins: ArcadianRefugee: That may all well be true, but I am not Vermeer. Maybe his eyes (brain) could see the subtle shading mine wash out. That's why he's famed for his paintings and I am not famous for mine.
For instance, a typical human eye will respond to wavelengths from about 390 to 700 nm. Those are not hard and fast numbers; some people might see only within 392-698. Some 391-701, or 386-704 or whatever. Point is, [technically] some people can see colors that others cannot. Or hear sounds I cannot if their ears can detect sounds below 20 or above 17,000 Hz (my hearing sucks). Or supertasters, who can tell the difference between milk from grass-fed cattle and that from grain-fed cattle, or Coke from Pepsi.
This doesn't make them somehow "cheaters"; they are simply put together differently, and in a way that may contribute to their success in a field others cannot even enter.

I seem to be able to differentiate colors that many people cannot. I took  this color perception test,  thought it was easy and obvious and got a perfect score. It made my husband swear a lot and insist that it was rigged and some of the colors were the same.

I'd be really interested to hear how people did and what they thought.

58. Why yes, I am color blind (well, "deficient").
2014-06-11 11:13:41 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: Apparently, if your text starts with something italicized, Fark's "new-and-improved" commenting system will absorb the italicized portion into the quoted text.

it does?

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