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Old 08-15-2013, 06:52 PM   #29
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Not an Irish company -
I stand corrected! Thank you. And I didn't mean to hijack the thread with a Polaroid conversation - just meant to share an example of how people who are passionate about an old school approach will find a way to keep it going. God forbid Airstream went out of business tomorrow, I'd bet there are enough passionate streamers that a similar "impossible project" factory would turn up somewhere....

Back to Kodachrome...
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Old 08-15-2013, 07:26 PM   #30
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Interesting company. An 8" X 10" Poloroid!? Wow!

Curious why you use instant film..?
Just for the fun of it, and the element of surprise that's introduced when using a medium that isn't 100% perfect. The result is impossible to predict and in our world where so many things are close to being perfect, I find that to be refreshing.

Also, there's something magical, even in this day and age (at least to me) about an image developing right in front of your eyes.

And last but not least, when a bunch of crazy enthusiasts (sounds familiar, anybody?) step in and do something that really should not have been possible, then they've got my support - just because.
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Old 08-15-2013, 07:27 PM   #31
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I stand corrected!
It wasn't my intention to correct you.
And I agree with you about the power of the passionate few.
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Old 08-15-2013, 07:29 PM   #32
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A color and a monochrome film pack are on their way.
So glad. I am sure your friend will be smiling.

And now, really back to Kodachrome. Sorry.
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I still shoot some film but only B&W, mostly 4x5 sheet film. Kodachrome is long gone and that was the only archival color positive film worth working with. Ektachrome (E6 process) was ok for advertising, multi-media and PJ work since it could go thru the soup in less than an hour, but it will fade in about 20 years, depending on storage. Black and White is about the only process that will last several hundred years and requires no high-tech equipment to either process or print. Digital is great and saved me a ton of money on Polaroid proofing, to check lighting for example. The downside is preservation of digital images over generations of technology. The Library of Congress now has a group working this issue. Preservation also affects the motion picture industry which is digital too. We may have gap in our visual history starting with the digital age.
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Fun thread . I'm in the process of scanning all my slides and B&W negatives. Its time consuming, but I just do a little at a time. Of the 2000 or so slides I have kept over the years, 99% are Kodachrome. I loved that film! I really think my digital copies are better images now, especially since I can edit them with photo-shop to remove dust and control color and contrast etc..

Concerning longevity, I think my images are safer now than before. I setup software to automatically copy the scanned images to another hard drive that is connected to my router, and to off site drives such as SkyDrive and Google Docs. The off-site drives are free up to 5 gig. When I sync my ipad, they are also copied to it, so I have 4 copies of everything on 4 different devices, one being away from my home. If someone would actually want to look at my crap in 1000 years, I have to believe they would have no problem converting jpeg and tiff files to whatever the current image format is. Also, the digital images will have a much better chance of being passed down over generations than a closet full of carousels. Anyone want a bunch of carousels and projector for free?
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I have enjoyed photography all of my life, both as a profession and hobby. Why shoot film over digital? Why renovate a 1975 Sovereign? One is not better than the other just different.I have my old Dometic refrigerator in my garage filled with black&white film and photo paper.I have a darkroom in the garage.Don't use them as much as I would like.The thing that troubles me is the trend to cell phone cameras. Will there be images to share with relatives in years to come?Those kodachrome slides look as good as the day they were created.
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I shot many rolls of Kodachrome and Ektachrome thru my old Minolta STR-101 and XE-7. Lots of black and white too.
But like most, I made the switch to digital in the early decade of this millenia. No going back for me.
I was a bit curious a couple years ago though about the idea of playing with some black and white film images in photoshop, so I got a roll and loaded it into the XE-7. Walked around the barn shooting some "detail" shots of various things. I had it commercially developed ( all the old darkroom stuff having been given away years ago ) and a CD of the files burned. I was really kind of curious what kind of texture and grain I would get from the film. I will admit it does still have something of a unique feel to it.
I learned two important things that day: I am not worth a hoot at manually focusing anymore ! .... and two, at $17 for the cost of the film, process and a CD, it's pretty darned expensive. It was fun though, and as one who handles this latch constantly, it makes me smile to see the photo, and look at the detail. I have a print of it....I can imagine myself looking at this photo when I am old and sitting in the nursing home, and saying, "I remember opening that latch and sliding that stall door many times..."
For me, that it part of what photography is about. Triggering memories, in this case, very pleasant ones.


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If I want a snapshot then digital is the solution. For artwork I get out either the Linhof 4x5 or the Zone VI 4x5 and some B&W. There is no substitute in my mind. A resent search of available paper however leads me to believe I may soon have to learn how to coat my own paper in order to get a print.
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Couldn't agree with you guys more. Nice shot gmw. Beautiful boat Royce.
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