Short Takes

Bob's Bait Shop, Isleton, CA, 1979

Remember the days before digital imaging took over? Don’t get me wrong, I love digital now because of the incredible control I never enjoyed with film and I don’t have to wait a week for the processed film to come back from the lab. Not to mention the dynamic range of tones digital capture is capable of recording that film lacked. 

Many years before pixels replaced film the gold standard was Kodachrome. So was this Paul Simon lyric, 

“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.”

This charming little bait shop is still there in downtown Isleton but it’s painted white now and, in my opinion, lacks a certain something. The last time I happened by recently the sign by the door was still there. 

Memo to self; spend more time looking through those many yellow boxes of slides to see what other timeless treasures are cached in the dusty storage bins. 

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