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Postcards from the Norfolk Fens

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 9:43 am
by GrahamS
Graham Serretta
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Posted 4th September 2007

While we were visiting my daughter in Kings Lynn, Norfolk, recently, we took a drive up the Norfolk coast to a village called Blakeney, in the Fenns. The most unique thing about the area is the beautiful and striking stone construction used to build the local houses. There are a number of different styles of stone work, some using the red, flat stone of the fens, others using the more rounded flintstone of the shore. The decorative effect is quite striking and unusual. The fens are subject to a large tidal rise and fall, and few roads reach the shore - the rivers become mud channels at low tide, yet in times past, there was a large fishing industry here.

These images were taken with an Argus C4 with a Coated Cintar 50mm f2.8 lens. I have left the colour saturation "as is" in the Fuji C200 negatives, because it reminds me of the postcards of the 1950s, when the camera was made. Exposures were by the "sunny 16" guesstimate method.


Hoosier_Rich Hoosier

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Very nice pics Graham, and you're right, the colors look great the way they are! My favorites are probably #1 and 2 ... but like a menu, to darn much to choose from and it all looks good

Rich S.

sandeha sandeha
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That's one heck of a good roll, Graham. Interesting stonework, too.

jake jake is offline
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The photos have the color palette of post cards from another era. This is not a bad thing. Quite nice!
J Ake

Dennis Gallus Dennis Gallus is offline
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Blakeney certainly looks like a rocky place, but there is nothing rocky about the performance of your Cintar. My particular favorites are the first (for content/action) and fourth (for composition). But they are all worth several long looks apiece.

The areas of open sky that appear on all but one of the pictures would have certainly degraded any photos taken with my uncoated Cintar. But again, it isn't the camera, it's the Photographer, and your work justifies the capital P.

This is a pretty post, I hope that you receive many comments.


Nick Merritt
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Lovely -- thanks very much for this set. Looks like lots of mortar is needed in building with the rounder stones!

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Wonderful summer colors! I like best the boats, but there are many excellent ones.

Glenn Thoreson
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All I can say is WOW !!!!!
Glenn from Wyoming

Dean Williams Dean Williams is offline

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Wow is right! I love these shots, Graham. Beautiful places you have there!
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Tom Hildreth Tom
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Wonderful, Graham. I second what everyone else has said. Seems to be a lovely area, with very interesting architecture. Around here sometimes it grates on me that a nice old house has a satellite dish on it. You've encountered similar incongrousness on the left side of the eighth picture down. Oh well, people just gotta have their MTV.