April 24th, 2014

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Posted in Photography by Randy Wells


Here is the back up body that Leica M9, ME, and M users have been waiting for. $1850 will give you a 16 MP body with a 1.5X crop factor that will take Leica M lenses with an adaptor (for an additional $400). That’s about the cost of a used 10.3 megapixel Leica M8.2 AP-SC body. It doesn’t need an IR filter, it’s smaller, and half the weight too. No rangefinder, but technology has certainly improved since 2006. Available in July.

Leica T review by Steve Huff


April 21st, 2014

Posted in Porsche, Racing/Auto by Randy Wells


Porsche’s 919 Hybrid LMP1 entry debuted at the 6 Hours of Silverstone endurance race yesterday. With Mark Weber driving, along with teammates Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley, it finished third behind two Toyota TS040 Hybrids. This is the first event in the 2014 World Endurance Championship leading up to the LeMans 24 Hour race.


April 19th, 2014

Posted in Photography, Porsche, Racing/Auto by Randy Wells


The car studio in Bellevue, WA is working out so well that we are offering a limited number of appointments to the general public on two Saturdays this summer. Thanks to Chris Powell, Kevin Watts and Cam Ingram for making this possible.

The dates are: SATURDAY JULY 12 AND AUGUST 16, 2014 by appointment.

Please contact us for more info.

To see sample images please visit the Road Scholars Website.

April 15th, 2014

Posted in Photography by Randy Wells


With the Mad Man TV series starting up again, it’s time for some nostalgia. I just received a beautiful first year of production Leica M3 made the same year I was born. Attach a 50mm Elmar lens and MC meter, and this rangefinder camera is a joy to use. Just ask Brad Pitt. Happy tax day…

Yeah, I’m on a Leica roll.

The Definitive Leica M3 Review

(Photo: Angelina Jolie?)

April 10th, 2014

Posted in Photography, Porsche, Racing/Auto, Video/Film by Randy Wells


The new studio space on Seattle’s eastside is working out great. We’ve shot four cars there over the past five days, and it’s dialed in. Will be adding constant light sources for video next.

Please contact us for more info.

April 1st, 2014

Posted in Photography by Randy Wells


From her first portrait in the U.K. Observer 60 years ago, Jane Bown has photographed some of the world’s most famous faces. She’s known to show up for a photo session with one camera, one lens, and a Anglepoise lamp. Here’s her image of HCB with a 1954 Leica M3 and 50 1.5 Summarit. More

March 27th, 2014

Posted in Photography, Porsche, Racing/Auto by Randy Wells


We are pleased to announce a new studio space near Seattle where we can exclusively photograph cars and large products. Several backdrops are available, and there is easy and secure access for trailers to unload treasured automobiles.


March 22nd, 2014

Posted in Photography by Randy Wells


OK, let’s talk focal length (FL) on a full-frame 35mm camera.

The widest angle focal length has traditionally been a 14mm lens. This exotic optic is available in a rectilinear design so it can reproduce straight lines as straight, yet it “stretches” the subject. It is limited in it’s usefulness but can be indispensable for certain extreme situations. 15mm is the next widest FL and commonly designed as a fisheye (non-rectilinear) lens. Again very limited in its use with much more barrel distortion (think ‘60s pop art). More

March 17th, 2014

Posted in Travel by Randy Wells


Ireland. A land of green. A great travel destination for the summer. I’ve only been as close as England and Scotland, but my dad loved it when he visited. It’s on my to do list along with Iceland, and several other countries. In the meantime, I’ll be content with our small patch of paradise in the Pacific NW. Happy St. Paddy’s Day to all my Irish friends!

(Photo: Andrea Wells}

March 12th, 2014

Posted in Racing/Auto by Randy Wells


Thanks to Rob Bhatt and Sue Boylan for featuring my photography in the March/April issue of AAA Journey Magazine. The article written by Rob focuses on the six most important driving lessons as taught by ProFormance Racing School at Pacific Raceways in Washington. Hanging out with everyone was a hoot!

AAA Journey Magazine

March 6th, 2014

Posted in Travel by Randy Wells


Born March 6, 1475 in Italy, Michelangelo painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel between 1508 and 1512. This commission from Pope Julius II portrayed the twelve apostles and had a profound influence on the development of Western art. Michelangelo was given complete artistic freedom on this project. More

February 28th, 2014

Posted in Photography, Porsche, Travel by Randy Wells


One of my favorite events of the year is this weekend in Los Angeles. It’s more about the people than the cars, even though there are plenty of cool Porsches around, like this Carrera GT at Callas Rennsport.

Lots of good times seeing my So Cal buddies are on hand. And a chance to escape the PNW rain, although this year it looks like I’ll be bringing it with me!

February 17th, 2014

Posted in Photography, Racing/Auto, Video/Film by Randy Wells


Here’s a short automotive product video that displays the multiple functions of an ingenious truck tie. It was shot in one afternoon with no crew. Just myself and the product’s inventor, Steve Helms, co-directing. Great location! After a day of editing, Steve took it to the SEMA Show in Las Vegas and won an award.

A very fun and simple project, thanks Steve!


February 14th, 2014

Posted in Photography, Racing/Auto by Randy Wells


In the mid-‘80s a 1974 2002tii was licensed to BMW for advertising the introduction of the 325is. A poster was made featuring this car sitting alongside a red E30 sport model. The white 2002 is now being featured in this month’s Bimmer Magazine, and belongs to Friedbert Wall.

Experiencing this poster car today is a study in déjà vu. Like the 3 series Bimmers, this last of the ‘02 series continues to reward with its performance, while remaining ancestral in appearance. I’ll take that as an acknowledgement the poster’s slogan was right. Thanks to Jackie Jouret and everyone at Bimmer Magazine for publishing my article and images!

February 11th, 2014

Posted in Tunes/Music by Randy Wells


This week marks the 50th anniversary of the The Beatles first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. I remember it distinctly, even though I was just a kid. My favorite Beatle? George. My favorite song? “I Saw Her Standing There”. Later it was “Roll Over Beethoven”. Then “Day Tripper”. Lastly, Side 2 of Abbey Road. Seems like “Yesterday”…

(Photo: Unknown)

February 5th, 2014

Posted in Photography, Porsche, Racing/Auto by Randy Wells


Congrats to Ed Mayo and his 1967 Porsche 911S for their feature story in next month’s Excellence. This Texan maverick has been known for building some of the best hot rod 911s east of California since 1978. More