The Stroop Effect

Just learned about the Stroop effect. You can experience it for yourself using this quick test from the Stroop effect Wikipedia page:

Say aloud the colors of each of these words, as fast as you can:

Green Red Blue

Yellow Blue Yellow

Blue Yellow Red

Green Yellow Green

If naming the first group of colors is easier and quicker than the second, then your performance exhibits the Stroop effect.

geography, light, photography

We Need More Aerial Gold On This Page

In my constant struggle for content* and my constant struggle against too much content, I present the above photograph. I believe it’s the Columbia River on the Oregon/Washington border (no one posted any signs that I could see). Sunset from about 30,000 feet. I grouped it with a bunch of other aerial and from-above photos on Flickr. See them here.

I am partial to photography taken from a high place. A few people have made cottage industries, of sorts, out of the practice of aerial photography. (As well as an aerial photography agency that I don’t know too much about since its site is mostly in French.) Some favorites of mine include:

Bernhard Edmaier
Yann-Arthus Bertrand
George Steinmetz
Vincent Laforet
Subhankar Banerjee

And some older favorites:

Andre Kertesz
Rene Burri

*I have a backlog of posts-in-progress, but am reluctant to publish them for outside reasons.

photography, San Francisco


Originally uploaded by telesle17.

The other place I currently blog is on flickr, where I post most of my photos. Here are some pointy red petals that fell from a tree into the gaps between a cobblestone sidewalk near San Francisco’s Embarcadero. It is one of my most popular pictures, though no one has been too clear about why they like it. It is the cornerstone of my theory that people respond to photos with a lot of red in them, most of our pictures being heavy on blue (usually in the form of sky) and green (grass). Click here for more.