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San Francisco 2009 Carnaval Parade.

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June 24, 2009

With It Tomorrow
Tuesday. There have been a number of news stories about Kodak's elimination of Kodachrome from its product line. For most anyone old enough to be familiar with film, Kodachrome pretty much defined what it meant to take a color photograph. I used it very little when I started in the late fifties as I was developing and printing my own and black and white, TRI-X and Plus-X the work horses with TRI-X the primary choice for its speed and graininess.

You could develop color film in the late fifties, but not Kodachrome, as I recollect, as it was either a more complex or Kodak restricted process. Color film for me, when I started shooting again in the early nineties, was Ektachrome, processed in a custom lab in San Francisco. I still have a less than fresh box of it sitting in the refrigerator. Do I experience a certain assault of nostalgia seeing Kodachrome go? Yeah, I suppose. But boy-howdy do these new digital cameras take a nice picture.

You're familiar with the Paul Simon song?

Of course. I assume he still has his Nikon camera.

“ a Nikon camera
I love to take a photograph
So mama don't take my Kodachrome away”

I think we've taken this as far as it can reasonably go.

Wednesday. For whatever reason I slept in til ten this morning, taking about a half hour to come to consciousness, had breakfast at the usual place, came back around noon and then dozed again on and off until four. A good two, two and a half hour nap. Did I sleep well last night, did get to sleep at a decent hour? Yes. So?

Maybe a last shot at getting on after a cold, maybe I just needed to get some sleep. Maybe, maybe. Maybe I'll take it easy the rest of the day, take a bath, get my head around a good night's sleep tonight and get on with it tomorrow.

The photograph was taken at the San Francisco 2009 Carnaval Parade with a Nikon D3 mounted with a 70 - 200mm f 2.8 Nikkor VR lens at 1/250 second, f 2.8, ISO 200.