Variety Of Light

the camera and the eye

“A photograph is the illusion of a literal description of how the camera ‘saw’ a piece of time and space.” – Garry Winogrand

When I’ve once started my adventure in audio DSP developments my attention was catched quite soon on how our hearing actually works: Why we perceive things as they are in music, how we can locate an instrument in a room without seeing it and what the so-called psychoaccoustic effect occurring in our brain implies (which is quite substantial). One just can be in awe of nature for such a sophisticated and complex design.

Whilst digging more into photography quite recently, I’m getting also more and more intrigued on how seeing actually works: Having a lens, a pupil and a sensor (the retina) on the one side but some sophisticated processing in our brain on the other. So: Whats the difference to a camera, basically?

For now, I just want to give two reading tips for those who are also interested in such weird stuff. As few people know, that guys from Lensrentals do also write a great Blog which not only talks about lens measurements and MTF graphs and stuff but also provides some fun and interesting readings left and right:

Learn how many megapixel your eyes have, how their focal length can be estimated and why all cats are grey at night – enjoy reading!

This entry was published on October 21, 2014 at 7:34 pm. It’s filed under Quotes & Readings and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

One thought on “the camera and the eye

  1. the second article, Fun with color vision, is very interesting and useful, I might need to go back to it when I have more time and read it carefully… thanks a lot!! 🙂


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