It's a slow day here in the "rest" home so I thought I would interject some of the thoughts that this discussion stirred up in me. . On another topic, as a graduate student in Psychology, a course in perception once almost sent me over the edge.
If there was a movie house nearby that was calibrated reasonably close to standard, and I saw "The Matrix", I would, if my cognitive capability hadn't eroded too much, realize that the green tint indicated being located in the Matrix. If I went home and watched the same movie on our recently recalibrated Kuro plasma, I would see the same thing -- green tint for the Matrix, and "natural" color for what stands for reality in "The Matrix". I would probably not be irritated by any gross differences.
Let's say there are two standards in my world. The experienced and skilled standard reached by "good" calibrators using accurate tools, and the PoP
standard set by Best Buy show rooms. I almost always pick the underdog, so I go with the calibrators. What ever my 79 year old eyes with mild and stable cataracts bring to my reality, that's my reality. I like what I see at the movies, at home, and out in the world. If I'm seeing too much yellow, I see it everywhere, even in the green tint.
Like government work, if processed images are calibrated to standard,and look close enough to reality that I'm not irritated by any differences then I'm happy.
The calibrators that I've seen work, calibrate with the best equipment that they can afford. Then they preview source material that they are familiar with to be sure that the equipment didn't fail in some way. That last step is subjective.
If one is doing calibration with subjective perception of the world as the main tool, things might look a little different at that theoretical local movie house. It also seems to me that the mostly subjective calibrator would need some special skill to achieve the goal of making a given display look like his reality.
My movie date is waiting for me in the living room. Thanks for the interesting discussion. Edited by htwaits - 2/16/13 at 11:39am