>You'll be pleased to know that
you're in fact...not colour blind…
I already know that, and in fact I'm damn pleased!
However...today I had an emergency ophthalmic exam, after experiencing
light flashes in the right corner of my right eye simultaneous with the
appearance of a large "floater" (protein strand inside the eye).
A quick Google told me I'd better get examined quickly in case it was
a sign of retinal detachment. Turned out it was only a "vitreous
detachment" -- where the gooey "vitreous" filling of the
eyeball, having shrunk with age, detached itself from the retina. It's
evidently a common thing. Annoying but not harmful...but it makes you
more susceptible to possible retinal detachment later on. Laser surgery
can take care of that, but you've got to catch it very early! So all you
geezers and geezerettes out there who value your eyesight, please take
>Rest assured that there are
many camera people/photographers have >some sort of color
deficiency and it hasn't hampered their work. Who >knows maybe
it's improved it?
I'm trying to think of a "black & white viewfinder" joke
here but it eludes me at the moment...
Dan "thankful for high-definition 4:4:4 (or at least 4:2:2) eyesight" Drasin
Marin County, CA
As someone who has the red-green deficiency and having had to keep my
mouth shut for fear of people thinking I wouldn't be very good at my job
(the BBC used to require an eye-color vision test for applicants in camera
grades), I am very happy this subject has come into the open on CML. I
have been aware of my condition since age 14 and have realised that as
both lighting designer and cinematographer I have perhaps a heightened
awareness of color because I am aware of my "handicap". This
makes me pay more attention as I don't take my perception of color for
granted. I too have been in situations where I've had to match color and
was very quickly correct.
As one in ten males have this condition it stands to reason that one in
ten male cinematographers have it too. Just for the record, this condition
is passed to the male through the mother. My maternal grandfather had
the deficiency, hence mine. My two sons won't pass it on to their kids,
but if I had a daughter and she has a son, he would probably have it.
(This is beginning to sound like that Tom Lehrer song). One in a million
women have it, such is life.
Color deficient but able DP/Operator
>As one in ten males have this
condition it stands to reason that one in >ten male cinematographers
have it too.
It makes me wonder how many of the great classic B&W shooters might
have had it ? Got your viewing glass built in so to speak.
(not sure this is very scientific speculation on my part...)
Mr. Simmons states :
>I have perhaps a heightened awareness
I recall reading somewhere that during WWII color blind men were sought
out to crew bombers because of their unique ability to detect camouflage.
Edwin Myers, Atlanta Dp
Sam Wells writes :
>It makes me wonder how many
of the great classic B&W shooters might >have had it? Got
your viewing glass built in so to speak...
That's a bit overstated. On a scale of ten, his kind of red-green color-vision
problem is about a two. And it doesn't increase contrast the way a viewing