HDL From super-8 to digital to recover memories from all over the world.

– Meter in the highlights and compensate just enough so that the photo is slightly under-blurred. Don’t be afraid to fill in blacks. In fact, pure black areas will help to give a sense of visual strength. However, these areas must be very specific and be part of the composition itself.

– Color saturation. We must try to have an interesting chromatic balance in the photo, with areas that we want to oversaturate in red and yellow. There should not be strong colors competing with them within the composition. Saturation is forced through software.

If we manage to unite these characteristics in the photo, we will have as a result an almost perfect imitation of what was a Kodachrome 64 slide shot with the method most used by creative photographers in this film, and which ended up being called Kodachrome Method.

I have to point out two things, one that I was a regular of this film, and the second, which is very important and has not been mentioned, is that this was not a negative film, it was DIAPOSITIVE, hence the saturation and absence of grain, the reason was simply that the magnification was expected to be really big on a screen, and for that magnification on the screen, to retain credible colors, it was necessary that they were saturated in the DIAPO; and at the same time a high definition and contrast was necessary for the enlargement to be of sufficient quality.

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RECORDING on SUPER 8 History of the Kodak Super 8

In our laboratory we use Kodak HC-110 for developing. It is a chemistry that works very well with both classic and modern emulsions achieving a very balanced result and respecting the characteristics of each film. In addition, the high concentration of HC-110 allows us to prepare different dilutions and adapt the development depending on the film. After developing, we perform a double fixation and a water cascade wash in order to achieve an optimal conservation of the negatives.

The black and white film is still very much alive, and it is by far the one that offers the widest variety of emulsions. All the major brands still manufacture black and white and some of them have a really wide catalog, as is the case of Ilford.

Super 8 mm digitized with HD telecine – Film KodakChrome

the reel is finished!    No, it’s not the equivalent of the decaffeinated “my card is full” of our days, because now you always have the possibility to delete a few bad photos on the fly and keep shooting. When a reel ran out, it ran out.

All this nostalgic boasting is understandable for those of us of a certain age, but we have to face the evidence: digital photography is much more practical and comfortable, having reduced analog photography to a punctual and almost artisan use. On the other hand, we can only recognize that without the advent of the digital era, this humble blog would never have existed.

Retro: Kodak Brownie Camera

I tried scanning it as black and white film and the results weren’t bad, but I felt I was missing something, so I rescanned it as a color negative, and these were the results I got.

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By Rachel Robison

Rachel Robison is a blogger who collects information on court filings and notices.