Don’t take my Kodachrome away: Slipping in some old slides


Kodachrome, they give us those nice bright colours
They give us the greens of summers
Makes you think all the world’s a sunny day, oh yeah
~Paul Simon

I’ve spent a good part of the last two weeks sorting and restoring old Kodachrome positives for future posts.
Too bad this was such a toxic process. Not the sorting, though it’s repellant, but the actual development of the film — the K-16 process (a silver-halide process at its core).

It is, I think, this fact that gives subsequent digital scans, and prints in particular, the “look” I find so attractive, though the blue colour shift often can be quite a challenge to correct. I won’t belabour the work needed to repair dust, scratches and chemical artifacts on some of these slides that have gone ‘round a few times too many in a carousel projector.

I’ve been resurrecting these images (along with those on negative film)* to accompany the kind of “historical” articles I’ve already featured. I’m trusting readers are finding them interesting. Let me know if you are or not and if there are any other issues or topics you’d like me to cover.

The eighties was a period of almost manic activity for me, during which I worked at outdoor gear and bicycle stores and rented out my modest photographic skills between expeditions.

Hopefully, this project rises above personal nostalgia. Though it’s an interesting journey in its own right.

*Positives and negatives are scanned with CanoScan FS400US,✽ a great scanner for which Canon has kindly stopped updating drivers. Therefore, I run it on an old doorstop PC that takes forever to do the job. ✽Since replaced with the Epson Perfection V750 Pro.
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