The Extra Frame

"Barry" by Fred S. Brundick

While I was majoring in architecture, I took a class in B&W photography. I was the only student who didn’t take any portraits because I preferred buildings, trees, and reflections. In those days, everyone tried to squeeze an extra frame or two at the end of a roll of film, and I would experiment with those extra shots.

One day my roommate was leaning back in his chair in front of the window, and I spontaneously took his picture. It’s one of my favorite photos, and I included it in my portfolio at the end of the class. I like how the room is very dark and my roommate is in shadow with highlights. The fuzzy, bare trees with bright sunlight provide a sharp contrast.

I used a Minolta SR-T 101 with a 50mm f/1.7 lens and Tri-X film. Of course I don’t know what my settings were. I scanned the negative and processed it in Lightroom.

- Fred S. Brundick

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