I just got back from a day long ultimate tournament. I decided not to put sunscreen on my legs and paid the price. But here's the thing: my legs look pink in daylight (5600K) but much, much redder under tungsten light (3200K). I have noticed this phenomenon many times before, and it's not just that my burns might darken somewhat over time, because I'll notice the effect in the morning as well. The burn will look bad inside, and not nearly as bad when I step outside.
Obviously tungsten lighting is much warmer than daylight, and that may just be it, but it seems strange that my eyes seem to adjust for the color of every other object and I don't notice a difference, but for some reason my sunburns seem to really change color noticeably. Perhaps different lights are penetrating to slightly different layers of my skin?
Any photographers or DPs out there who might be able to shed some light?
asked byArrowsican (610)
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on June 16, 2012
at 11:18 PM
Because cooler light is more red, so red colours look more red. Hot lights are more blue.
on June 17, 2012
at 04:42 AM
The brain is a weird thing... It tends to adjust stuff like color temperature to what we expect, reality be damned. When you're not expecting red legs, light that accentuates red will make it more noticeable until your brain "fixes" it as normal. If you feel a burning sensation, your brain associates the red with burn and resists correcting the color imbalance.