Category Archives: Rolleiflex

Places I’ll Never Forget (Hopefully !) #5

Mono Lake CA

I was inspired to post these images of Mono Lake by a lovely photograph taken by Mitch Zeissler of the tufa formations. It was 1993 when I visited on a road trip holiday to California. What a fantastic area, so much to see and do, I found the scenery breathtaking.

Mono Lake #1
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Ilford XP2

Mono Lake #2
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Ilford HP5

Mono Lake #3
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Ilford HP5

These images were taken on my Rolleiflex TLR and I’m guessing with a red filter. I remember wishing that the lens on the Rollei was a bit wider angle.

Blackbirds, Holly Tree, My Cats & A Box of Prints

Blackbird alarm calls got me up and out into the garden, I knew there was a nest in my Holly tree. With the weather being so poor earlier on this year I never managed to give the tree a good pruning, a painful process (for me that is), the leaves are very sharp. The cause of the alarm calls were my two cats who were mooching around the tree looking for somewhere out of the sun to settle down for a sleep.

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So now I’m fretting for the well being of the Blackbird chicks. I’ve talked to the the cats about them but they weren’t impressed. My old Tomcat (Orlando) never bothered about birds too much, but the girls are fascinated by them.

Later on I decided to do a bit more sorting out of the spare bedroom/ex darkroom and came across a box of prints I had forgotten about. They are all from infrared film, and were very tricky to print, but scanned in well.

North Wales

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The ones above were taken on the way to Barmouth and Portmeirion.

Near Settle – Yorkshire
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These were all taken on Kodak HIE infrared on my Olympus OM2n.

Old Footbridge, Rundale Pils, Latvia
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This was taken on Konica IR750 film on my Rolleiflex in 1993. Rundale Palace has been beautifully restored now.

Reminiscing with the Rolleiflex

I have been slowly sorting out the spare bedroom at home. It was my B&W darkroom for a while until I got the digital photography bug, I’m now finding myself drifting enjoyably back to film photography. I keep getting dreadfully waylaid when sifting through the stuff that I’ve put away in that spare room.  One of the items that caught my attention was an old negative file of 6x6cm negs from my Rolleiflex 3.5, that then got me to thinking of how I came to be the owner of the Rollei.

My Printroom (mid 1980’s)
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I worked at a large electrical engineering company as Reprographics Manager during the best part of the 1980’s. I can see in the photograph above a Xerox 9400 copier (state of the art at that time) a Victory Kidder guillotine and Kodak Verilith platemaker, both quite old hat but they did the job. The Rolleiflex was the go to camera for staff leaving do’s, presentations, and passport photo’s. It had had a hard life, so the decision was made to replace all of the camera equipment in the photographic department with new state of the art gear. From memory that included a Mamiya RB67, Mamiya c330 (Rollei replacement) ToyoView 5″x 4″ camera and a DeVere 504 enlarger. So the Rollei came up for grabs, and my senior manager asked me if I would like to buy it for £5, well I bit his hand off, and thats how I got my lovely Rolleiflex.

Some of the bits that came with the Rollei
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I was (very much so in the 1980’s) and still am learning about photography. I couldn’t wait to try the camera out, it was a totally different experience from the Zenith E that I had at the time !!!!

Sir Nigel Gresley (1985) Stratford upon Avon
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I only know what date this was by looking up the information on the web. It was January 1985. But I can remember that the weather was cold, dull, and misty.

North Devon (1985)
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Leicestershire nr Whitwick (1989)
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The Cosmos Fisheye attachment (1990)
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I think thats the top of my head in upper part of the frame !

My Meopta Enlarger
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The Meopta enlarger is still set up in the spare room gathering dust and cobwebs, I plan on starting to print some of my images later this year.

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I will have to read this excellent book by the late Gene Nocon again before I start dunking paper into chemicals.

About 5 years ago I had the Rollei CLA’d as the slow shutter speeds were sticky, so I think it’s time to start using it once more.

Bryce 2001* It was 1992 !!!!!

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Really enjoyed the visit to Bryce Canyon, this photo is from 2001* 1992 on my first trip to the USA. Took this shot on my old Rolleiflex 3.5f on colour neg film.

*I can’t believe I thought it was 2001, checked my passport and it was 1992.

Rundale Palace Museum (Rundales Pils) Latvia

Rundale Palace Museum (Rundales Pils)
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I took this photo in 1992 on Konica IR750 infrared film. This was before the Rundale Palace had been restored. It looks fantastic nowadays but somehow I prefered it as it was in 1992. The Rollei lens is very sharp and I really must use it again.