[Tig] "That Viral Dress

Kevin Wheatley kevin.j.wheatley at gmail.com
Tue Mar 3 14:48:35 GMT 2015

I wouldn't dismiss all the brain science, anecdotally, my wife found
that she could 'swap' from white/gold to blue/black depending on the
amount of the image she could see.

I can't remember the web site but on her tablet she spent quite a
while trying to work out if 'they were messing with her' by changing
the image. She would visit the page it would show a cropped portion of
the image she would sometimes see white/gold, then when scrolled she
would see blue/black, I don't believe there is that much content
dependent image processing going on in the tablet that it would white
balance the image and then change it when scrolled (obviously that is
possible), personally I tried experimenting with rotoing out the dress
and switching in different backgrounds on a variety of devices, I
could only ever see blue/black (with a bonze tint towards the top of
the dress from the specular reflections).

Apparently I'm fixed in my ways and she is non-deterministic :-)


On Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 12:56 PM, peter_swinson--- via Tig
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> I have seldom heard so much rubbish in the press; radio, TVand print; expounded by so called experts, doctors and professors of visualthis that and the other, on this subject. The answer is very simple. Somemodern phone or computer app has automatically tried to rebalance the originalphoto based on looking at the dress highlight and assuming it should be white.Of course in doing so it has both lifted the image levels to very much lightenthe blue areas and also the dark grey (black) areas to a light gray, and hasalso nulled out the blue to appear near white, that has of course removed bluefrom the original neutral gray area causing it to turn yellow (-blue).
> Easy to reproduce in photoshop. Just load up the originalblue / black image, select level adjustment, using color picker (white one)click on lightest part of the blue, the right hand lapel, and hey presto awhite and “gold” dress.
> Why oh why do the media get these so called experts who sayit is some form of variation in our visual perception, and who then give atotally erroneous explanation using the drawings of cube outlines, where we seethe perspective change from from face to rear face or the “illusion” drawing ofa duck head and bill that on rotation becomes a rabbit. These are spatialinterpretations and have NOTHIING to do with  color interpretation, completely differentparts of the visual cortex are involved!!!!
> I guess all the hype is due to the modern generation havingtechnology at their fingertips that they neither understand, nor realisecontains apps or whatever that have limitations in their accuracy of automation.
> Cheers
> Peter
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