Monday, February 13, 2017

Ten Days until departure for Mardi Gras!

Only ten days from today I'll be packing in the last of the gear and Aimee and I will be heading south down I-55 to NOLA for her Mardi Gras #20 and my #26. It's a time for thinking about gear to organize and pack and the always vexing question of what the weather will be this year. Really the weather can do anything so you need to pack for a just about all possibilities short of snow. This year we have both spoken about how we'll photograph it differently, we both feel we're in a bit of a rut and need to shake up our thinking about how we'll approach the 5 day event. See you on the streets!

Monday, January 9, 2017

The Return of Kodak Ektachrome

I hate to be contrary and spoil all the fun and I do not wish to sound like a digital troll but I used to teach slide based film photography and shot more than my share of 4x5 chromes professionally. I also ran a e-6 machine at the Washington  University photo program for a while so I have a few experiences with the material.

Really, Ektachome? IMHO the material was basically unstable, faded colors, a heavy bias toward the blue side and a pretty narrow dynamic range. Did you guys all forget that? I mean there was a pretty good reason why side films were the first to go when film types started going away. I could go on, but I am just a little amused by all the excitement, I mean we have a couple of pretty decent Fujichrome films out there now and I wonder if the folks at Kodak have seen the sales stats for those products.

I guess I am happy they want to make more films but I'd be happier with developing a wider range of negative films again. Oh BTW, I have 4 or 5 Kodak carousel projectors used for sale if you are really committed. 

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Only 60 days until Fat Tuesday!

It will be here before you know it, so start planning for Mardi Gras 2017 now. I have just updated my Guide to Mardi Gras 2017 and its the 21th version of my guide. Check it out and we'll see you on the parade route!