You know the one. Is it blue and black, or White and Gold?!?!?
The next person to show me the same bloody scrapped image for the fifteenth time today is going to be met with the unpleasant experience of having their phone, computer, tablet, whatever, thrown at their head. Yes, admittedly I was taken back when first came across the fire storm of a debate online, AKA: #dressgate2015 (he says with derision), I saw gold and white and first then black in blue…mind blowing? Not really. It takes mere seconds of research – and I use the term ‘research’ loosely, more like Google’in for basic bitches – to uncover the great mystery that had the Internets nickers in a knot.
In as little time as possible, I’d like to settle this. So, here’s why this happens:
Your eyes have retinas, the things that let you interpret color. There’s rods, round things, and cones that stick out, which is what gives your eye a textured appearance in the colored part. The “cones” see color. The “rods” see shade, like black, white and grey. Cones only work when enough light passes through. So while I see the fabric as white, someone else may see it as blue because my cones aren’t responding to the dim lighting. My rods see it as a shade (white). There’s three cones, small, medium and large. They are blue sensitive, green sensitive, and red sensitive.
As for the black bit (which I see as gold), it’s called additive mixing. Blue, green and red are the main colors for additive mixing. This is where it gets really tricky. Subtractive mixing, such as with paint, means the more colors you add the murkier it gets until it’s black. ADDITIVE mixing, when you add the three colors eyes see best, red, green and blue, (not to be confused with primary colors red, blue and yellow) it makes pure white.
—Blue and Black: In conclusion, your retina’s cones are more high functioning, and this results in your eyes doing subtractive mixing.
—White and Gold: our eyes don’t work well in dim light so our retinas rods see white, and this makes them less light sensitive, causing additive mixing, (that of green and red), to make gold.
**** UPDATE to prove this theory I turned my phone brightness from the lowest to highest and saw it switching from white and gold (at the lowest) to light blue and darker gold (at the highest) meaning people that see blue and black are more sensitive to light (better eyesight and not looking at the sun like your moms told you). Full article here
The Photo that Started it All
The actual dress, taken with a real camera and not a smart phone from 2001. Yes, you too can own the dress we’ve gown to hate (bu you’ll have to buy it somewhere else).
Adobe experts, computer engineers, and optometrists all concur, the dress is in fact black and blue, so there you go. We can all put this behind us and move on to the next utterly enthralling and useless thing someone, somewhere has cooked up. But before you go..and because I love to be thorough and (at times) a bit of a know-it-all… Did you know you may be one of 25% of individuals out there that have a 4th cone and see colors as they are?
Basically, if you’re not, you’ll never be 100% sure you’re actually seeing the right color… Mind F@ck.
From Prof. Diana Derval
The color nuances we see depend on the number and distribution of cones (=color receptors) in our eye. You can check this rainbow: how many color nuances do you count?
The break down:
If you see less than 20 color nuances: you are a dichromats, like dogs, which means you have 2 types of cones only. You are likely to wear black, beige, and blue. 25% of the population is dichromat.
You see between 20 and 32 color nuances: you are a trichromat, you have 3 types of cones (in the purple/blue, green and red area). You enjoy different colors as you can appreciate them. 50% of the population is trichromat.
You see between 33 and 39 colors: you are a tetrachromat, like bees, and have 4 types of cones (in the purple/blue, green, red plus yellow area). You are irritated by yellow, so this color will be nowhere to be found in your wardrobe. 25% of the population is tetrachromat.
You see more than 39 color nuances: come on, you are making up things! there are only 39 different colors in the test and probably only 35 are properly translated by your computer screen anyway 🙂
It is highly probable that people who have an additional 4th cone do not get tricked by blue/black or white/gold dresses, no matter the background light 😉