Wired: The Colorful Science of Why Fireworks Look Bad on TV

Author Adam Rogers recently wrote up a great piece for Wired on why today’s TV struggle to reproduce the super saturated, colorful experience of a fireworks show. It turns out that even the massive BT.2020 color gamut, which covers 75% of the colors the human eye can detect, is not quite large enough to reproduce the vivid colors of a fireworks show. The piece also references Nanosys’ 2018 blog post on the same topic:

You can overlay those basic colors onto the map of all the possible colors, and onto the triangle of the BT.2020 gamut. That’s what Allison Harn of the quantum dot company Nanosys did a few years back for a blog post. And the results were … not great. An older high-def gamut just barely managed to capture the true hue of bluish copper chloride. Orange-y calcium chloride was just outside the triangle. Green barium and red strontium, though? Forget it.