One important feature of light perception is brightness. When I first arrived at St. Kilda beach at 4pm, the scenery was extremely bright. The sun was in clear sight, unobstructed by the dissipating clouds and illuminated the entire landscape. Each individual grain of sand could be seen and the sun reflected white light off the waves while also penetrating the ocean. Structures and people in the far distance could be seen clearly and their details distinguishable. As time went on, at around 5-5:30pm, there were noticeable changes in the brightness of the landscape compared to when the sun was at its peak height. This was partially due to the clouds covering the sun at times. Regardless, it seemed like the landscape’s brightness ...
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...a primal response to feel afraid and uncertain, as during the period of darkness we should be retreated to our warm, fire lit homes instead of continuing to battle nature.
All in all, this was an extremely rewarding and eye opening experience. I was far more sentient and perceptive while observing the sunset compared to my daily life. It was a major contrast to my usual fast paced and busy lifestyle, where I am constantly being overwhelmed by an abundance of sensory information. This experience allowed me to profoundly focus on limited sensory information and to be consciously aware of the stimulus my sensory organs were processing, as well as my consequent perception of the sensations. Ultimately, this exercise and subsequent research allowed me to grasp a better understanding of the effect of light on vision, and also benefitted me in becoming more perceptive.
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