What color is this dress?

#1
This is making the rounds on the internet today, and apparently there are large debates about it. I won't go into why as it may affect your perception.

The simple question is what do you perceive to be the colors of this dress?

 
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#4
Very pale blue (almost white), and gold. The edge of the lapel in the upper right part of the picture looks greenish.

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#11
lol. Having used Photoshop for years, I don't really get the hoopla. I can take any photo, shift the histogram and the colors will appear off. It's the whole reason there's things like color-correction and white-balancing.
 
#12
lol. Having used Photoshop for years, I don't really get the hoopla. I can take any photo, shift the histogram and the colors will appear off. It's the whole reason there's things like color-correction and white-balancing.
The hoopla is that there are two distinct groups of people basically who see that exact picture as being two completely different set of colors. Some people see it as some variation of gold and white, and others see it distinctly as black and blue, as Pepe Silvia does.
 
#13
The hoopla is that there are two distinct groups of people basically who see that exact picture as being two completely different set of colors. Some people see it as some variation of gold and white, and others see it distinctly as black and blue, as Pepe Silvia does.
Yeah. But those people are viewing the image on different monitors. And I'd guess that most by far do not have their monitors white-balanced. If it was an image on a cinema screen I'd see it as not being yawn-ific. Or maybe that's "latest in internet propagated example of popular stupidity"-ific.:)

Beyond that, all people perceive colors slightly differently.
 
#14
Yeah. But those people are viewing the image on different monitors. And I'd guess that most by far do not have their monitors white-balanced. If it was an image on a cinema screen I'd see it as not being yawn-ific. Or maybe that's "latest in internet propagated example of popular stupidity"-ific.:)

Beyond that, all people perceive colors slightly differently.
Sorry, but you're wrong. The initial question, and the reason this whole thing started, was because two people were looking at the same picture. Together. On the same monitor. You're underplaying what's happening here, or are failing to understand what's going on.

Here's a description of what may be happening.
“Our visual system is supposed to throw away information about the illuminant and extract information about the actual reflectance,” says Jay Neitz, a neuroscientist at the University of Washington. “But I’ve studied individual differences in color vision for 30 years, and this is one of the biggest individual differences I’ve ever seen.” (Neitz sees white-and-gold.)
Usually that system works just fine. This image, though, hits some kind of perceptual boundary. That might be because of how people are wired. Human beings evolved to see in daylight, but daylight changes color. That chromatic axis varies from the pinkish red of dawn, up through the blue-white of noontime, and then back down to reddish twilight. "What's happening here is your visual system is looking at this thing, and you're trying to discount the chromatic bias of the daylight axis," says Bevil Conway, a neuroscientist who studies color and vision at Wellesley College. "So people either discount the blue side, in which case they end up seeing white and gold, or discount the gold side, in which case they end up with blue and black." (Conway sees blue and orange, somehow.)
 
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Like Paul, I saw it one way, then the other. This proves a good point, which we should keep in mind when considering the veridical (or non-veridical) nature of OBEs, NDEs, past-life memories, etc. Esotericists have long claimed that the "astral and mental planes" are more "elastic" than the "physical plane." This illustrates the fact that even what we consider concrete--the physical plane, is "elastic" as well.

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Bill
 

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#18
The hoopla is that there are two distinct groups of people basically who see that exact picture as being two completely different set of colors. Some people see it as some variation of gold and white, and others see it distinctly as black and blue, as Pepe Silvia does.
I see gold and (light) blue (but definitely blue, not white). That's all I see every time I look at it.
 
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#20
I can see both, I seem to be able to alter my focus and see either black and blue or White and gold
I would say that's rare, and very interesting! I do wonder how the way we are "wired" gives us a different conscious experience, at least as far as brain/mind correlation goes.
 
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