There’s always a lot of talk in the digital photography world about calibration — making sure that what you see in your camera looks the same on screen and on paper. Although we try to get as close as possible, it’s pretty much a futile exercise since all three modes handle light and color differently. I never quite realized how futile it was until I made an interesting observation — my own eyes are calibrated to different color temperatures.

My left eye and right eye are calibrated to different color temperatures.

The left eye sees the world cooler, and the right sees it warmer. Personally, I think it’s kind of fun, like having my own built-in 81A filter. But it kind of puts the whole quest for “accurate color” into a new light.

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