What You See Depends on the Light

Roses and everything else look different under varying light conditions: cloudy, shade, sunrise/set, full sun. Images captured and printed may also look different for a myriad of reasons. What you see on the internet is determined by many things. An internet image will not look exactly like a printed image. Printed images are viewed in reflected light. Screen images are backlit. I strive to make them as close as possible.

Images are viewed online using computer monitors, tablets, and cell phones. Decent quality tablets and phones generally give excellent color rendition, but on rather small screens. Computer monitors allow viewing large images at larger screen resolution. That is good, but not all monitors are created equal – resolution means size, not necessarily quality.

My images are edited on a workstation with an Eizo CG319X 4k graphics monitor calibrated to 5500 Kelvin in the Adobe RGB98 color space. This is a high end graphics monitor. The typical desktop monitor is not. Calibration software software displays color patches with specific values that are read by a photospectrometer. This produces a color profile which adjusts the monitor to reflect those values on screen. Enough technobabble. The rose is Cardinal Richelieu.