Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The Color of Moonlight

If you're up for an experiment in how we see color, or more importantly how we think we see color, tonight's the night to give it a try! With the full moon, and a handful of different colored swatches of the same value, you can see how your eyes respond to color in moonlight. Be sure to check out James Gurney's post Is Moonlight Blue? for the complete instructions. He also has a very in depth scientific explanation of how all this works. If that's not your thing, just check out the great samples he's posted of how different artists interpret the color of moonlight.

8 comments:

karen lee said...

Hi Gail,

Thanks for the link to James Gurney's blog - he's brilliant!
And thanks too for the copy of Chris Gall's Dear Fish. It is also brilliant and I cherish it.

xo Karen

gail said...

Your welcome Karen. Isn't "Dear Fish" absolutely wonderful!

Gurney posts just about every day with tons of great lessons, when I go there I almost feel like I've gone back to school.

Susan Sandmore said...

Love the image of the moon (you know I do!)--is that yours? Moonlight has always looked a little blue/white to me.

So what color is earthshine?

gail said...

Susan, just playing in Photoshop with an image I had from a while back. :) I hate when I have to do a post without an image. I just looks like well, somethings missing.

I think of moonlight in the color of your logo too. In fact that's just what I saw when I watched the moon rise on Tuesday evening.

Jennifer said...

I just found his site recently and saw that post, too! You're right- it is like being back in school. Gotta love the internet!

Ghost Girl said...

I love this discussion, Gail. Thanks for the link!

Anonymous said...

side note, it should be you're which means you are.

gail said...

You're right! Fixed it. Thanks!