>Don’t Take My Kodachrome Away

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The greens of summer

Today I was waiting in line at CVS and saw that they still sell 35mm film.  Who still bothers with this stuff?  Do they not remember the turmoil of wondering if the photos they took at a special event will turn out?  The annoying wait for the processing to finish was what I hated most.  Digital cameras eliminated this stress.  Heck, I wouldn’t even know what to do with an actual paper photograph.  Well, I guess I could frame it, but a whole bunch of them will just take up space in my messy closets.  It’s much easier to store them electronically and then print out the few good ones when I want to show off my skills or my family.

Do you remember dealing with film before self-loading cameras became the norm? It always took me 4 or 5 tries to get that damn film in the right little teeth of the gizmo.  When I was a kid, I had one of those 110 cameras for the longest time.  You know, the one where the flashes were cubes, not a part of the camera, and had only one use.  There was no such thing as red eye reduction for the non-professionals.  Us blue-eyed folks had to take our chances of looking evil in family vacation photos.

Don’t give me that crap about artistic integrity being the reason to use the old school film.  I don’t have time to measure F stops and film speeds.  I need to upload these suckers on to Facebook so my friends and family can oooh and aaah.

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