Sunday, January 2, 2011

Everything Looks Worse in Black and White

A friend of mine sent me a newspaper clipping about the loss of an American Legend. No it’s not a big star or politician, it’s wasn’t a member of any championship team, yet it was a true icon, even celebrated in song.

Last Thursday, the last roll of Kodachrome film was processed at Dwayne’s Photo in Parsons, Kansas.
Two of the images I shot on Kodachrome during my career.

Kodachrome was the finest color film made, it was a bit touchy, but the results of properly exposed Kodachrome were unbeatable, which is why some of the most iconic images of the last 75 years were shot on the Kodak film, including many for “National Geographic” magazine.
I shot hundreds of rolls of Kodachrome film, and although I made the move to digital several years ago, its loss is a tough pill to swallow. Maybe, I’m feeling a little old, watching my old work companions fall by the wayside.

I guess in the end Paul Simon said it best:

When I think back On all the crap I learned in high school
It's a wonder I can think at all
And though my lack of education
Hasn't hurt me none I can read the writing on the wall

Kodachrome You give us those nice bright colors
You give us the greens of summers
Makes you think all the world's a sunny day, oh yeah!
I got a Nikon camera I love to take a photograph
So Mama, don't take my Kodachrome away

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