15 Mar 13. Jan has recently discovered Pandora internet radio, a web based application that lets you program your own choice of music, commercial and DJ free. Having grown up in the 60s era of music, she has programmed to play folk, classic light rock, and a bit of stuff I'm not totally sure how to classify. Not surprisingly one of the groups we hear a lot of is Simon and Garfunkel, and to be sure they were among our favorites. Now, I obviously have to like one of their songs over all the others, and you've probably already guess its title: Kodachrome. Having listened to it a number of times this week, I thought I'd produce my version of it. Now, if you are really familiar with the song, you know that there are two versions of it; one stating that everything looks worse in B&W, and the other that everything looks better in B&W. Soooo, why not take a color image and convert some of it to B&W and then decide. The original shot is from Kodachrome Basin in Utah, not far from where I took the picture I shared earlier this week in Escalante. The full manipulation took many layers to achieve the final outcome, but the quick and dirty is I took the original, did some contrast enhancement to it, made a B&W layer, painted out the B&W on the mountains, and finally, breaking all the rules, painted with black over the sky on the main image, not a mask. The result is what you see but to give you a bit of an idea as to the original and why the area is likely called Kodachrome Basin, the sky was a vibrant dark blue, the mountains and ground shades of red and orange, and the flowers a brilliant yellow. But no longer. D300; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 400; 1/125 sec @ f /11.