“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!”
When Paul Simon wrote these lyrics, I wonder if he had any idea how prophetic they would become? Today after 74 years, the Eastman Kodak company has announced that, indeed Mr. Simon, Mama will take your Kodachrome away! Apparently, the “Nice bright colors” and the “greens of summers” are just as striking in the digital world as they were projected with slides or printed on film.
Personally, I still think the resolution and color of the old analog film (like Kodachrome) far surpasses that of a digital rendition, even when displayed on the finest of monitors. Alas, matters of expense, convenience, the ease of digital retouching, and the lack of bulky extra photography equipment have conspired to put an end to “all the world’s sunny days” seen through Kodachrome.
I finally took the plunge and bought a really nice Canon EOS Rebel digital SLR camera. SLR stands for “Single Lens Reflex” and it basically means that the image you see when you look through the viewfinder and lens is exactly what will be captured on film (light and exposure not withstanding). I like to think it was smart to buy a camera that could also use the lens I had for my older Canon Rebel film based SLR camera. At least this way, the money I spent for the analog camera isn’t a complete waste!
My grandfather was quite the photographer in his day and he left us with suitcases full of slides to view. I wonder sometimes what he would think of the modern PowerPoint driven slideshow and do you know what? I think he’d have totally grooved on it. He spent a considerable amount of money on equipment and light meters, etc, to get similar results to what free image manipulation software can do today without a dark-room!
Anyway, wherever your travels lead you; tip your cap to Kodak for some incredible images on Kodachrome. At the same time, say a silent prayer of thanks that you didn’t have to buy 8 rolls of film or worry about them being scanned at the x-ray station in security!
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