Kodachrome

Kodachrome — Alex Waterhouse-hayward

At one time in that far away previous century, we photographers, before the advent of the automatic camera, relied on an old rule called the f-16 Rule. This was a method of using the correct exposure on a sunny day. There were other additions that gave you exposures for shooting under a tree on that sunny day and exposures for cloudy days.

The f-16 rule stipulated that on an object or person being hit by mid-day (and quite a bit before and after) the correct exposure was f-16 with the shutter being the reciprocal of the ISO rating of the film. So if you were shooting with 100 ISO film your correct exposure was 1/125 at f-16. This did not mean you were forced to use that particular f-stop and shutter speed. The law of reciprocity also allowed 1/250 at f-11 or 1/60 at f-22 (and so on upwards and downwards.

I am not much of a street photographer but sometimes when stuff happens and you happen to have a camera around your neck you shoot after quickly setting your camera.

This snap of a woman inside a Honda Civic I took at 1/125 at f-11in August 1981. The film was Kodachrome 60 so that should explain why I set my camera at that exposure.

Kodachrome — Paul Simon

When I think back

On all the crap I learned in high school

It’s a wonder

I can think at all

And though my lack of education

Hasn’t hurt me none

I can read the writing on the wall

Kodachrome

They give us those nice bright colors

They give us the greens of summers

Makes you think all the world’s a sunny day

I got a Nikon camera

I love to take a photograph

So mama don’t take my Kodachrome away

If you took all the girls I knew

When I was single

And brought them all together for one night

I know they’d never match

My sweet imagination

Everything looks worse in black and white

Kodachrome

They give us those nice bright colors

They give us the greens of summers

Makes you think all the world’s a sunny day

I got a Nikon camera

I love to take a photograph

So mama don’t take my Kodachrome away

Mama don’t take my Kodachrome away

Mama don’t take my Kodachrome away

Mama don’t take my Kodachrome away

Mama don’t take my Kodachrome

Mama don’t take my Kodachrome

Mama don’t take my Kodachrome away

Mama don’t take my Kodachrome

Leave your boy so far from home

Mama don’t take my Kodachrome away

Mama don’t take my Kodachrome

Mama don’t take my Kodachrome away

Songwriters: Paul Simon

Kodachrome lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Artist: Paul Simon

Album: There Goes Rhymin’ Simon

Released: 1973


Originally published at blog.alexwaterhousehayward.com.