I made an exciting journey today, to Norfolk to see my Uncle Dave. He offered to lend me his Rolleiflex 2.8F camera as he hasn’t used it for many years and felt I should have the opportunity to use a ‘proper’ camera (his words!) – compared to my various small rangefinders at least! I was thrilled at this opportunity and I’m looking forward to getting to know it.
After we’d had a good catch up and looked at the camera I continue north, stopping off at Wolferton Station. Wolferton was the Royal station, just a stone’s throw from Sandringham House, the Queen’s country retreat. The station closed in 1969 and the buildings are now a private house. However, the platforms have been perfectly maintained and are open during the day for visitors to look around.
I took a few photos with the Rolleiflex at the station, although it was a steep learning curve. The waist-level viewfinder and focusing mechanism takes some getting used to. My brain also struggled to cope with the way the picture in the viewfinder is a mirror image, so to shift the composition to the right you have to move the camera to the left. No doubt I’ll get used to this in time, but I suspect my first few photos are going to be decidedly lopsided!
15 November 2019