That Kodachrome Look

Many of us have a geographical disadvantage when it come to bright colors at this time of year. But who says Kodachrome was only used to photograph striking colors like red, yellow, purple and magenta? Brown photos matter! Or did someone else say that already.

My photos aren’t exclusively brown but brown remains omnipresent. Nevertheless I wanted to emulate that typical Kodachrome look. Looking for a succinct description of what exactly the Kodachrome look is, I came across this article. Not exactly succinct but it is interesting. Here a shorter summing up: It makes colors warm, vivid and truer than life. It’s that National Geographic look.

Programs such as Photoshop, Lightroom or Luminar provide several presets, plugins, filters and the like for creating a Kodachrome effect. The experts say none of them achieve the real thing. I am sure I didn’t either but I had fun playing with the pictures from yesterday’s walk.

Ivy, moss and bark – a nice trio of textures in green and brown
Snow drops on the roadside – some people’s yards are covered with them. White is a color.
Not really vivid, is it – I tried.
More green than brown here
A bit of blue. Our paths are looking messy these days.
And a touch of red as I climb the hill. Find Janos!
A real candidate for color – a shiny new forestry vehicle.

I'm a US born ex-pat, having lived most of my adult life in Munich, Germany. Cycling and photography are my favorite things.

11 response to "That Kodachrome Look"

  1. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: March 6, 2021

    It’s going to be hard to match Arizona, but you did a pretty good job. Brown and grey are colours too.

  2. By: NancyG Posted: March 6, 2021

    I found Janos!! Love all your photos of the browns, green, and blue & red ;’-).

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: March 6, 2021

    What Nancy said — the ivy, moss, and bark, plus the snowdrops especially.
    Except I didnt find Janos. 🙁

    • By: Suzanne Posted: March 6, 2021

      I can’t find Janos here, either. The resolution isn’t high enough or I can’t enlarge it enough. I can only see him on the image before I uploaded it. Anyway, his head is sort of between my boots.

      • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: March 6, 2021

        Oh! I see him now! CTRL and some hits on the + button enlarge the photo — he is facing you.

  4. By: gregblood Posted: March 6, 2021

    You know the photo where you captioned, “not really vivid is it?” In my opinion, yes it is.

  5. By: Laura Posted: March 6, 2021

    I need some boots like yours. If I anticipate even a little mud, I wear my hiking boots, but think rubber boots would be better in middy situations. Plus, I’d have so much fun splashing in puddles!

    • By: Suzanne Posted: March 7, 2021

      Those are my leather hiking boots, Laura! I do a little splashing in puddles at the end of our walk and try to get some of the mud out of the tread. They are quite a mess to clean when we get home. But they are warmer in the winter than regular walking shoes or rubber boots.

  6. By: The Navigator Posted: March 9, 2021

    I love those photos and the explanation of kodachrome – your photos definitely have the Nat Geo quality and the richness and textures definitely qualify in your shots!

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