I’m enjoying going back through Kodachrome I’ve shot over the years. I’m also breathing easier now that I’ve tracked my Priority Mail package and know it was delivered to Dwayne’s Photo this morning. That hopefully means it will get processed. According to this New York Times article, Dwayne’s is getting slammed.
Here are ten more shots.
I don’t often shoot such slow film in the subways because there’s not a ton of light (and the light can be ugly on color film). So I braced myself against a wall and took this shot of people walking past these photographs, a temporary “installation” by the Museum of Modern Art.
There’s something so crisp about Kodachrome. I think a lot of how I think about Kodachrome has to do with the physical piece of film itself. When you hold the slide at the right angle, you can actually see the image in relief–it’s three-dimensional.
It’s almost as if Kodachrome invented primary colors, isn’t it? Though my first thought for portraits would be something more flattering (less red) like Fujifilm’s Astia 100F, I think Kodachrome, with the right light, can render people’s skin pretty well. Underexposed, not so well–people start looking very ruddy, as they would with any color film. You just notice it more with positive film because it has so much less exposure latitude.
Photography’s often about seeing an idea and trying to fit it in a frame. I don’t think this is a spectacular image, but I wanted to show the repetition of all these white bars in the crosswalks and this bed frame. Click the photo and view it really close, and you can see the detail of the little stickers some child must have put on this bed.
The Minolta CLE was an ideal camera for shooting Kodachrome, for me. I enjoyed my photos from that camera the most, and after that the Yashica T4 (when it worked–it’s out of service now after hosing many rolls of Kodachrome).
When you absolutely, positively, need a lot of 35mm camera in your hands, get a Canon EOS 1V. It was their last, flagship SLR (the 1-series DSLRs are based on it) and it’s a gorgeous beast. It’s lots of fun to shoot with, with crazy autofocus, bracketing, and a million other features I use once a year. Anyway, it’s one of the most reliable things I have in my life. I don’t shoot it on the street much (preferring a rangefinder), but when I do, I always enjoy it.
How about this light? I’ve mentioned before that Kodachrome “feels” more like a black-and-white film to me (and technically, that’s true), and part of it has to do with how inky black these shadows can get. Very satisfying.
Here’s a slightly friendlier film speed for shooting in a subway station (but not by much). Kodachrome by far was my favorite film for rendering the colors of New York City. It looks real, but it also looks like it rolled around in an old Scorcese film for a while, before my time in this city. Again, the shadows do so much here. Photos like this remind me that obsessing over shadow detail isn’t always a good idea.
I took this so I could keep this image. All these colorful markings atop all these white markings atop all this asphalt.
I took this outside Prospect Park on a walk with my family and our dear friend Ned who was visiting from San Francisco. I’m always attracted, photographically, to discarded reading materials and photographs. I think there’s a quick buzz one gets from doing the image-within-an-image thing, but there’s also a larger area to explore about something cast aside, or lost somehow. I really like how this magazine ended up bent so that you see Joe DiMaggio on a subsequent page and realize it’s more than just a photo of Monroe, but a whole article.
It’s interesting how this could essentially be a black-and-white photograph, but the warm tones given by the sun in the top right give this image a little extra energy.
Those leaves, those browns. I like creating graphical photographs like this. It’s all about the shapes and colors and proportions. The lines are so crisp and the colors are so autumnal. As I write this, it’s really killing me that I can’t pop another couple of rolls of K64 out of the freezer and go outside and shoot.
Not much to say about this photograph other than “I like it.”
Writing about these bits of Kodachrome pushes off the depression, so I may do one or more followup posts.
These are wonderful, David. It’s nice finding old treasures. Happy new year.