[rescue] Re: SGI Onyx4 - uses ATI graphics chips (sigh)

Sandwich Maker adh at an.bradford.ma.us
Thu Aug 21 18:56:22 CDT 2003

"From: Lionel Peterson <lionel4287 at yahoo.com>
"--- Sandwich Maker <adh at an.bradford.ma.us> wrote:
"> i don't understand why the film industry would care - i'm not sure
"> it's possible to distinguish more than 30 bits of color resolution,
"> maybe even 24.
"> now scientific image processing might well make use of subtle image
"> details the human eye could not resolve.
"That last statement really stood out when I read it - if "the human eye
"could not resolve" it, then what is the point of imaging?

i was thinking of such things as ir aerial plant/soil fertility
photography, where the color of the image carries a lot of
information about the fields thus surveyed.

"Storing increased data/color-depth for non-visual analysis, sure, I'm
"right there with you, but Imaging is, by nature, visual - right?

yes and no.  it's also a way of registering optical-spectrum data,
when you want to correlate spectral data in a 3-dimensional form.

ultimately, the objective is presentation to the human eye, but there
can be steps the human eye is not capable of seeing.
Andrew Hay                                  the genius nature
internet rambler                            is to see what all have seen
adh at an.bradford.ma.us                       and think what none thought

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