July 24, 2013

China Camp in late afternoon light


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photo by Donald Kinney



Feeling a bit ancient right now, but in 1963 Kodak introduced a great improvement on their oh-so-slow Kodachrome by making it two and a half times more sensitive to light, calling it Kodachrome-2 with an "ASA" (now called "ISO") of a whopping 25--slow as molasses by today's standards.



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But the instructions that came with the old and new Kodachromes always confounded me. At first glance the instructions seemed to imply that all picture-taking should be done 2 hours after sunrise to 2 hours before sunset. I knew that couldn't be right, but yes, I do remember snapping a whole lot of very reddish pix early and late in the day. Kodachrome was rather wiggy.



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Today we call the early and late hours of shooting the "Golden Hours", and covet this light for its warmth and depth. Generally, I just put the camera away during the middle of the day, or concentrate on subjects where the "color temperature" would have little effect.


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1 comment:

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Oh boy, that exposure table brought back memories.

 
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