Sunday, January 9, 2011

Processing old Kodachrome

With all the hubbub about Kodachrome going away a couple of weeks ago, I'd been wondering what, really, we can do now with our leftover rolls of the stuff. I knew there'd be folks who would want to keep shooting and processing it themselves, and it turns out Mike Johnston at the Online Photographer thought so as well. He even looked into it. Turns out it's not as easy as I hoped it would be. Processing Kodachrome involves scrubbing and chemicals and all sorts of compromises and difficulties, it's probably not practical to keep those old rolls around unless you've already shot them and you're concerned they contain some notable images. Of course there's bound to be someone who continues to do-it-themselves, no matter how difficult and challenging, but I'm curious if some entrepreneur will step up and rescue Kodachrome processing in much the same way the Incredible Project rescued Polaroid pack film. It's doubtful, but something like that could happen. I guess only time will tell.

http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/the_online_photographer/2010/12/old-kodachrome.html
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Processing old Kodachrome


With all the hubbub about Kodachrome going away a couple of weeks ago, I'd been wondering what, really, we can do now with our leftover rolls of the stuff. I knew there'd be folks who would want to keep shooting and processing it themselves, and it turns out Mike Johnston at the Online Photographer thought so as well. He even looked into it. Turns out it's not as easy as I hoped it would be. Processing Kodachrome involves scrubbing and chemicals and all sorts of compromises and difficulties, it's probably not practical to keep those old rolls around unless you've already shot them and you're concerned they contain some notable images. Of course there's bound to be someone who continues to do-it-themselves, no matter how difficult and challenging, but I'm curious if some entrepreneur will step up and rescue Kodachrome processing in much the same way the Incredible Project rescued Polaroid pack film. It's doubtful, but something like that could happen. I guess only time will tell.

http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/the_online_photographer/2010/12/old-kodachrome.html
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