Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Ektachrome returns

I remember the first roll of Ektachrome I shot. It was early 1977, and I loved it. Some of the pictures were taken at the Gallipolis Locks and Dam, and others were taken along Ohio Route 7 in that area. I have several dozen rolls of Ektachrome and Kodachrome slides in my house. Some of them might be fading, but some are still great.

Now Kodak says it is bringing back Ektachrome before the end of this year. I have an old manual film camera that still works. Two, if the Nikon FM2 does not have the light leak that I think it has. Maybe I will try a roll when it comes out.

I'm looking for some scanned photos from that first roll, but they're not on this computer. Here instead is one taken on the West Virginia side of the Gallipolis locks on July 4, 1985. Except for the cropping and the credit line, the photo is pretty much how it scanned, warts and all.

The boat is the Warren, which later ended up on land at the Tri-State Fire Academy here in Huntington. It was used for firefighting training in confined spaces for several years until those fires took their toll on its steel. The Warren was demolished a couple of years ago.

The beach is gone. Three or four years after this was taken, the beach was removed to make way for the new lock canal at what is now officially known as the Robert C. Byrd Locks and Dam. The beach was a popular place for fishing, some of which included overnight camping. It was a nice place to visit.

Will I try Ektacrhome? Maybe not. Once you pay for the camera, pixels are free, and film costs money to buy and develop. Let's see what the pricing is before we commit to anything. But it would be fun to experiment with, for old time's sake if nothing else.

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