Here’s a shot I took earlier…
Richmond Bridge, Australia’s oldest surviving bridge, one Spring day in 2010. This particular photograph was captured on the second, and last of two rolls of Kodak Kodachrome 64 transparency film I exposed in and around Hobart, during Winter and Spring 2010 before the demise of the famous film.
Camera: 1959 Voigtländer Bessamatic 35mm SLR.
Lens: Voigtländer 50mm f/2.8 Color Skopar prime lens
Film: Kodak Kodachrome 64 35mm transparency
Processing: K-14 process courtesy of Dwaynes Photo.
The Bessamatic is a technically interesting SLR, as it is one of relatively few 35 millimetre format SLRs fitted with a leaf shutter. It is also exceptionally beautiful and exquisitely built, in the best Voigtländer tradition.
The exposed rolls of Kodachrome were mailed to Dwaynes Photo in Parson Kansas, USA, in late December 2010 for processing, just before they decommissioned the world’s last remaining K-14 Kodachrome processing laboratory. From my own investigations, it seems almost certain that this was the last colour roll of Kodachrome ever exposed in Tasmania and marks the end of an era in photography.
Featured in Bridges Group on Red Bubble 20th October 2012.
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