Times Square, 1980 by Michael Sean Edwards
I had a dream last night where I called Kodak directly to place a large order for some Ektachrome. The response I got was “Son, we don’t make film anymore.”
The film I used was Ektachrome Type B, which is balanced for artificial light, not daylight. I used an 85B filter to correct the color balance. It was a common thing in movie shooting in those days and I was a film editor for a living and had learned most of what I knew in film production. For stills it was not a common way of doing things at all, because there were lots of daylight reversal films available. I really liked the look of the Type B film though, and it was a very slow, fine-grained emulsion. I think I got better colors that way, because the Type B emulsion is less tolerant of color temp differences, and so I put up with the lack of speed.
These rolls of film were the only color films I ever developed myself. It was a pain in the ass: about six different baths and very precise temperature control. They really turned out well. I did them in my kitchen on 7th Street.
The pictures were all taken with a Nikkormat FTN camera and a 28mm f2.8 Nikkor lens. A few of them were taken with a 135 mm lens (Guajana, for instance).
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