Kodachrome

Friday, 27 Jan 2006 | Photography

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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

When I used to have a Nikon F3-HP film camera, I used to love to use Kodachrome 25 Professional slide film because the colors, especially reds, were so vibrant and beautiful. There's something about looking at a good slide through a viewer or projector that is truly stunning. Sadly, Kodak has discontinued this wonderful transparency film. Kodachrome 64 Professional is the closest thing to the slide film I used that is still in production today.

I stopped taking slides before Fujichrome Velvia became popular, but I'm sure I would have used it too since it too gives vibrantly saturated colors I love. Currently, I use a Nikon digital SLR and love it. It's not the same as slide film, but I can make wonderfully colorful photographs with it. Even the reds are wonderful like Kodachrome as you can see in the photo of Taffy above.

Paul Simon's song, Kodachrome, has been a favorite of mine for years and I still love it today because of it's catchy tune and my love for Kodachrome and Nikon cameras. I heard it on the radio on my drive home last night and it brought back fond memories. That song is one of life's pleasures to me.


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