I had contacted folks at NASA for a year to be able to shoot the last launch on Kodachrome, just like I shot the last Burning Man on Kodachrome, the last presidential inauguration on Kodachrome, etc. And when I saw the launch date move past December 2010, I scrapped the idea. It would have never dawned on me to risk a lot of time, money and effort on shooting KR-64 once Dwayne's shut down, I feel bad this young man did, the risk will likely never pay off.
I also got rather excited at coming up with $1,000-$2,000 to shoot a few more rolls of Kodachrome on a topic within my project that did not get traction in time, but a few pages back will show that my excitement and "Re-Starting" of that topic was also, ill fated, my fresh-ish last 60 rolls are in vacuum sealed bags in my film freezer and will likely stay there.
Stone asked me not long ago if I would try to come up with my own "Witches Brew" to soup the film in. I said no, because I am not a lab guy, I am the photographer who keeps the lab guy in business. Not one of the famous Kodachrome shooters I know who are still alive would even dream of putting in the time, money and effort to soup a film they would rather pay someone well to do...not ONE folks.
That is because they are photographers.....this is not black and white which is as basic as you can get and the photographer can often benefit greatly in having control of that soup, it is very complex color and not many photographers who made a name for them selves in fully exploiting Kodachrome's virtues would *dream* of tackling it, they have better things to do and so do I.
By the way, speaking of one of the greatest Kodachrome shooters still alive, I am taking his book publishing workshop in reaching the final stages in putting out my own Kodachrome book....that is what my future in Kodachrome is, a nice book.
Kodachrome is gone people...if someone comes up with a process to offer us photographers, some of us will pay for that service. But don't expect actual photographers to waste their time and money on doing what we would rather pay someone to do.
Ron, I will gladly buy your book once I know mine is going to get published...but I hope to never need it because I want to keep companies like Ilford in business for a long time.
In the meantime, I wish Sean would lock up this frustrating thread....it should have never been started in the first place!