They give us those nice bright colors
They 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”
– Paul Simon
Yesterday, Kodak announced that after 74 years of production, it will no longer produce Kodachrome film. I got my start in photography with Kodachrome film. But I, like so many photographers, have moved into digital format photography and have never looked back. The instant gratification of the digital image was just too much for Kodachrome to match.
I guess those old images printed from Kodachrome onto Kodak paper will be the stories we’ll have to tell our grandchildren. Film. The rolls came in bright yellow boxes. We had to load the film into the back of the camera. We then got between 24 and 36 exposures with our roll of film. Then we had to take out the used roll and replace it with a new roll to continue shooting. When we were finished we had to take the film into a darkroom and process the film into negatives so that we could create printed images.
I must admit, the days of Kodachrome must come to an end. “I can read the writing on the wall” – Paul Simon. Heads up EBay-ers. You may have the next great collector’s item to sell!