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Recommended reading

You know the drill, Roadies: here are the best blog posts I read this week.

When I was a kid, my dad used to sing a snippet of a song: “My father said son you’re gonna drive me to drinkin’ if you don’t stop drivin’ that hot rod Lincoln!” I was in my 30s before I learned that this wasn’t just something he made up! Paul Niedermeyer, writing for Curbside Classic, tells this song’s story. Read In Search of the Real Hot Rod Lincoln

You never know the people you will encounter. I once met Jim Belushi, completely at random, in the last place on Earth you’d expect: Michigan City, Indiana. Alexander Denault tells a story of a man who, while singing on the street to earn a buck, ended up with a brief lesson from none other than Luciano Pavarotti! Read You Must Sing Louder

James Tocchio reflects, without resorting to blind fawning, on Kodachrome: what made it good, why it wasn’t perfect, and why Kodak is unlikely ever to bring it back. Read Looking Back at Kodachrome: Kodak’s Most Famous Film and What Made It So Special

It’s not often I’m arrested by a photograph, but I was by this one by ehpemSee Irregular Patterns II

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2 thoughts on “Recommended reading

  1. Hi Jim – thanks so much for the mention, it is very much appreciated. I only wish I had caught that image on film.

    Those other articles you link to include a nostalgic blast and are well written. Also, I am very pleased to have you point to Physical Grain, a website I had not (knowingly) visited before (some images are familiar).

    I am not a Kodachrome worshipper, but I did shoot a lot of it in my first film life, and only a little of the competition. Looking back at my slides, and at my parent’s slides that go back to the early 50s, the Kodachrome has lasted remarkably well, the rest of it very poorly. The Kodachrome colours that people rant about seem, to me anyway, more prevalent in the 50s and 60s slides from my parents than in my own from the 70s and 80s. Not sure if that is the difference between their Nikon glass and my Takumar glass, my exposures, or the film itself.

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  2. tbm3fan says:

    Now I happen to like Kodachrome very much. I started using it in 1971 and continued up to around 1995 when I got so busy with other demands I didn’t have time to go out and shoot for the fun of it. Lugging equipment around the Philippines wasn’t fun so I resorted to an auto focus point and shoot using color negative film. Shooting the aircraft carrier was easier with digital because of the need to get the pictures online. Then I had time and it was gone.

    Now in the 70’s I shot only slide film. While mostly Kodachrome I did shoot Agfachrome also. All using the same Minolta SRT-101 and many of the same scenes. The Agfa slides looked as though they were desaturated in color rendition to the Kodachrome. All Kodachrome developed by Kodak’s lab in Palo Alto at the time. Not sure where the Agfa was done. When looked at today the difference is still there.

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