In order to understand the MOB Brown / orange shift phenomenon I’ve discussed in the previous post and elsewhere, I produced a series of histograms, showing the relative proportions of images in each set that average to a particular hue.
In this collection of photographs of poppy flowers, you can see a clear preponderance of orange photos.
Of course, that’s not surprising, since poppy blossoms are often orange. But check out the distribution of hues in this collection of 10,000 photos from the Flickr Central group – a set of photos from a very diverse group of people, which isn’t intentionally color correlated.
The same shift occurs in this collection of computer generated art…
In this collection of photos tagged “white wedding”…
And in Auntie P’s collection of 360 self portraits.
You can even see an orange bump in this collection of images of Birds in Flight, even though most of the images were taken against a blue sky.