Travelling the Royal way

by Helen Hooker November. 15, 2019 880 views

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

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Berckmans Peter 1 year, 7 months ago

Nice work on the station. A Rolleiflex 2.8, you are a lucky girl. That is a good quality expensive camera. Sure you gonna do it justice.

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Antonio Gil 1 year, 7 months ago

You are a camera whisperer smile

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Trinicia Perch 1 year, 7 months ago

Wow, pretty cool camera and great shots!

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Abigail Gossage 1 year, 7 months ago

Wow!  The Cadillac of twin lens reflex cameras.  Enjoy😃

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Kay Hooker 1 year, 7 months ago

So glad that you went to meet Uncle Dave again.  The Rolleilex looks like yet another expiment for you  to show us what can be achieved with an oldish camera. Are they petals on the platform in the last shot?

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