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What it Looks Like Color Blindness?

These are really great shots, phenomenal photographers such as Carolina Valtuille, Dominic Kraner…  But I was delight not just because of the quality (which is undeniable) but also because the first time in my life I can imagine how the world looks like from the eye of someone who has color-blindness. What do You think?

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16 Responses

  1. islero47 says:

    Epic fail.

    That is not what color blindness looks like.

    Someone 100% colorblind sees everything in grayscale. Someone partially colorblind can still see some color, and easily tell that these photos’ colors are wrong.

  2. BlaBla says:

    I think the author of this article didn’t mean that color-blindness looks exactly like this. He can’t tell this because there is a many types of it… I saw some of these photos before and there was nothing about color-blindness. So I believe that this is just nice idea to use these photos in some other meaning. And I like it :) However, you are wrong about “Epic fail”. Some types of color-blindness may look exactly like some of these photos. Just to inform you…
    This is from wiki:
    “There are many types of color blindness. The most common are red-green hereditary photoreceptor disorders, but it is also possible to acquire color blindness through damage to the retina, optic nerve, or higher brain areas. Higher brain areas implicated in color processing include the parvocellular pathway of the lateral geniculate nucleus of the thalamus, and visual area V4 of the visual cortex. Acquired color blindness is generally unlike the more typical genetic disorders. For example, it is possible to acquire color blindness only in a portion of the visual field but maintain normal color vision elsewhere. Some forms of acquired color blindness are reversible. Transient color blindness also occurs (very rarely) in the aura of some migraine sufferers.
    The different kinds of inherited color blindness result from partial or complete loss of function of one or more of the different cone systems. When one cone system is compromised, dichromacy results. The most frequent forms of human color blindness result from problems with either the middle or long wavelength sensitive cone systems, and involve difficulties in discriminating reds, yellows, and greens from one another. They are collectively referred to as “red-green color blindness”, though the term is an over-simplification and is somewhat misleading. Other forms of color blindness are much more rare. They include problems in discriminating blues from yellows, and the rarest forms of all, complete color blindness or monochromacy, where one cannot distinguish any color from grey, as in a black-and-white movie or photograph…”
    So, in future, before you tell that someone is wrong, think about it first, read something about, then speak…

  3. Ben says:

    so if you are color blind you can see in the infrared spectrum? you have no idea how color blindness works. Subtract specific colors and mute the rest a bit and you’re a lot closer.

  4. monkeygod says:

    This is not anything like being colorblind. The comment defending it is just as off.

    Most of these are false color infrared images. How can I tell? Because I do extensive infrared photography. How can you tell? The foliage is all white and the sky is dark. The color was added using a program such as photoshop.

    Being colorblind is rarely 100% grey scale. It is usually an absence or reduction to some degree of red, blue or green.

    The person making the comment that the article is an epic fail is correct. The author intended these images to be examples of color blindness and they are NOTHING like it. EPIC FAIL.

    Google Infrared photography and look for black and whites.

    The added color is tacky at best.

  5. kayla says:

    Wow never seen photoshop before. How original.

  6. Seiko says:

    you and all others like you stupid morons, I’m sick of you all.
    First you have to learn to read.
    Then you need to understand what you read!
    Only then you can access to such an ambitious project like writing a comment!

  7. Robbo says:

    Absolutely nothing special about these pictures, they’re simple IR pictures taken on an SLR with some post-production editing. Yawn. Yes, some of them are pretty locations, but the pictures are quite amateur. Flickr has several groups with better IR than this. Anyone with an SLR, a $50 filter, and access to a Botanical garden, country road, or mountain can take these same quality pictures.

  8. Stylensky says:

    I am colorblind so I know a thing or two about the subject. I’ve been studying this since the mid 70s.
    While the photos are interesting they are completely misguiding to say “This is what colorblindness looks like”. I can assure you that its nothing like the photos.
    I can see colors. Everything has a color to me. Its just not the color that “normal” people see. Some colors blend together which is how a colorblind test is given. While you may see a bunch of dots that form a number or letter, I only see a bunch of strange colored dots.
    Its never a complete opposite or lack of color as in the photos. These photos were shot with color filters. This is NOT how colorblindness works.

  9. Rob says:

    Regardless of what these photos are refering to, you have to admit they are awesome.

  10. Brenda says:

    This is not what it looks like through the eyes of someone colorblind. The 93% of those who are not colorblind, please don’t accept this is as your view of what it would be like if you were colorblind. The word colorblind is misguiding. The 7% that are colorblind still see everything in color.

  11. tippy says:

    Wow! Now I know what it’s like to be colorblind. Awesome captures to the author. Are you colorblind, too and that’s why ur photos look like this to me?

  12. da tank says:

    f***ing retards. actually think this is what its like to be color blind…

  13. byha says:

    do you even know the definition of color blindness?

  14. eni says:

    People, when the author says that this is the “first time in [his] life I can imagine how the world looks like from the eye of someone who has color-blindness,” he (yes, I’m assuming, sue me) is NOT saying “this is the first time in my life I’ve seen what a color-blind person sees.” The sentences, and their meanings, are quite different. What the author IS saying is that he is not color-blind and has no real way of knowing what it is like, but he knows that it is different from the way that he sees the world, while still retaining the same shapes and (usually) still seeing color.

    No, this is not how color-blind people see the world. But these pictures give the author an idea of what it’s like to see the world a different way. I’m pretty sure none of us see the world in infrared every day. He is “imagining.” This is what people do when they have no way of experiencing what someone else experiences- they do their best to come close. And you would realize that this is what the author means if you took more than half a second to read what he wrote. If you know know of any sites that could show us what it’s actually like to be color-blind, do link to them, because I’d love to see them, and I’m sure the author would too. But for now, stop being anal and enjoy the pictures.

  15. ppp says:

    being color blinded must be soo kool!!

  16. wkeryder says:

    Im colorblind and of course this is not how it looks to be colorblind. The sky does not appear red or any color other than blue. There are different types of color blindness and over the years I have learned some good ways to describe it. The best way I can describe it is when blue and red are combined to make purple most colorblind people have difficulty distinguishing the red tones in it. however, this is only in few cases. If you were to show a colorblind person a true purple they could probably tell you that it is purple. It is only when the red is slightly noticeable to a non-colorblind person that a colorblind person would say it is blue, and it pretty much runs the same way with the different types. There are certain tones that we cannot distinguish between like green and brown or purples and blues, a dark green could very well be a light brown and we would not be able to tell the difference.

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