Going Back 31 Years

October 25th, 2010

It all started very innocently. “Dad, can I borrow your camera for the weekend?”  His answer was, “Sure, come and get it.” So I did.

Granted, I had no idea how it worked but that was not as important as the “Girl.”  Yes, there was a girl behind the camera. She was taking a photography course with this other guy, and I could not just show up empty handed.  (More below Image)

Nikon - 1967 Nikkormat with 55mm Micro-Nikkor Lens

1967 Nikkormat

The weekend was a humbling experience.  They had to teach me how to put film in the camera, but once they did I shot “two rolls” of film that weekend.  The rest…. Well its history now.  A year and a half after that weekend, I began working as a photographer with a daily newspaper.  That was 31 years ago.

So this weekend, I travelled back from the digital world and spent the weekend shooting ” three rolls of film.”  Actually 3 rolls of Kodachrome 64, soon to be obsolete.  The film that rocked the photography world is no longer being manufactured and as of the end of the year won’t be processed ( only one lab — www.dwaynesphoto.com/  available worldwide till Dec 30 ) any longer.

At the beginning instead of B&W, I shot slide film and Kodachrome was king.  I spent lots of money on it, honing my craft.  So when Kodak announced the end of Kodachrome, I ordered 3 rolls. Don’t know why I ordered 3, but at the time it seemed as a good number. And after the weekend, I’m glad it was only 3.

It was hard going back. Using my trusty  (old) Sekonic meter and shooting one frame at a time was OK, not being able to see what I was shooting was not!  So  now I will send the film away to California to be processed. When it returns, I will scan the slides and dedicate a post titled: Kodachrome Fall – A Weekend Journey.

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