Someone Notices the Contrast of White on White, 9 November 2014. (Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist)


Good Evening:

My new computer arrived, and just as children on Christmas Day will play with the boxes in which their toys arrived and not the toys themselves, so too did this overgrown kid play with the styrofoam packaging.


I have a ton of posts in the archive that start with “Someone Notices the Contrast of White on White,” a title inspired by a lyric in “Round Here,” an old Counting Crows song. The funny thing about playing with using different cameras, different angles, and different pure white objects at different times of the day is that the cameras will capture the weirdest colors that are just not there. Some of these shots came out in a strange pale orange (!) before I edited them. Others I left unedited even though the colors are wrong, just so you can see.


See what I mean by strange pale orange? Maybe I’ll pretend that I chose a sepia effect. A few more, and your faithful amateur shutter-pusher has no idea where the pale purples originated.

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Vonn Scott Bair


2 responses »

  1. The orange was a room light on somewhere and the purple was the styrofoam reflecting more in the blue spectrum in your flash, most electronic flashes tend to be a little on the blue side. It’s interesting the colors the camera sensor sees that your eyes don’t. It used to be the same with films…Kodak had (has) a film expressly dedicated to reproducing perfect skin tones. Fuji was better for landscapes ,cool tones and for the best reds, you used Kodachrome.

    • Dragnfli: Thanks for the information. Everything you write makes sense to me, but raises an interesting question because I did not have any room lights on, using only sunlight. However, the sunlight did stream through white plastic blinds, so perhaps the camera sensor picked up a little orange there? Vonn Scott Bair

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