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5 Frames With… Kodak Tri-X 400 (EI 400 / 35mm / Canon AE-1 Program) – by Brendan Morrison5 Frames With… Kodak Tri-X 400 (EI 400 / 35mm / Canon AE-1 Program) – by Brendan Morrison

5 Frames With… Kodak Tri-X 400 (EI 400 / 35mm / Canon AE-1 Program) – by Brendan Morrison

Friendship can be hard at times. Sometimes distance can pry us apart. Other times we change and people no longer fit into our lives.

My good friend Christian has been with me through a lot and even though college has taken us to opposite sides of the state, we still manage to stay in contact and meet up whenever possible.

On this occasion, Christian was kind enough to help me make some portraits when we both had made the trip to our hometown for the weekend.

I loaded up one of my favorite black and white films: Kodak Tri-X 400 into my Canon AE-1 Program, popped on my 50mm f/1.8 lens. We roamed along a back alley making the most of the high contrast midday sunlight. This is some of my favorite light to shoot black and white in because exposing for the highlights brings a strong contrast to the shadow areas.

While shooting these photos I knew I had some gems on the roll and could not wait to see the results. Back at school, I rushed up to the photo lab on campus and assembled all of my chemicals for developing. I triple checked every step not wanting to screw anything up as I was still very new to developing at the time.

I was ecstatic when I pulled the roll off of the developing reel and saw images on the negative strip. After scanning them into the computer as quickly as I could, I sent them off to Christian.

To date, these are some of my favorite portraits I have taken and I am incredibly thankful to Christian for helping me shoot them.

Friendship can be hard sometimes, but this one is worth working for.

~ Brendan Morrison



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Brendan Morrison

My name is Brendan Morrison and I am a film photographer based in Bellingham, Washington. I am currently attending Western Washington University pursuing a degree in Graphic Design, but my passion lies in photography. I have been shooting film for just under 2 years after becoming bored with the digital process or lack thereof. I am obsessed with trying out new film stocks and learning the quirks of different cameras. Long live film!


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  1. Paul Petch

    Great effect with that great focal length too !

  2. Wonderful images and super control of shadow and light, Brendan. Look forward to seeing more of your work.


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