March 2nd, 2015
ERNST HAAS WAS BORN 90 YEARS AGO TODAY
It would be fun to eavesdrop on what my two photographic mentors were talking about in the ’70s. I can just about imagine Sam Abell (left) saying to Ernst Haas (right), “The underlying signature design element in my images is a triangle, a strong horizon line with a point above, what’s yours? ” Then Ernst would reply “The symbol for infinity, a figure 8.”
(Photo: Roy Hamaguchi)
February 27th, 2015
BURMESTER AND PORSCHE
German based Burmester offers a “High-End Surround-Sound-System” for the ultimate high-end music experience in the latest Porsches. Sixteen separate amplifier channels totaling 1000 watts distribute audio for up to sixteen loudspeakers. Included is an active subwoofer with integrated 300-watt-amplifier. The distinctive Burmester sound is reproduced at all octaves down to the lowest bass foundation. It’s like your own personal mobile listening room.
February 19th, 2015
Ever wonder about that rusty old 356 Porsche that appeared at Werks Reunion 2014 in Monterey? Panorama Magazine editor Pete Stout and I just profiled this 1952 pre-A and its owner in a “Patina Queen” article. George Alspaugh’s weathered coupe does leave admiring glances and puzzled looks in its wake. Personally, I love it and would never paint it. Thanks to Richard Baron for the great layout.
February 18th, 2015
After three months of solid work, I’m caught up (sort of). Writing and planning my next project at an island cabin has been very productive and creative for me. I should go there more.
February 13th, 2015
HERE’S TO THE ONE I LOVE
Happy Valentine’s Day to all you romantics.
February 9th, 2015
SHOOTING IN THE RAIN
Just shot a car in the rain for an editorial feature. What amazing results – helped by some good lighting. I need to do this again. Here’s an older shot of my 1972 Porsche 911S that started me on the road to thinking about this treatment.
February 6th, 2015
CANON EF 11-24 MM F/4L LENS
Here’s another product announcement from Canon:
“Featuring the widest angle of view ever achieved for a rectilinear full-frame Digital SLR lens and a minimum focusing distance of 11 inches (at 24mm), this new lens is ideal for professionals who want the ultimate in creative image expression with sharp, crisp detail whether shooting entire buildings from a close position, entire stadium shots from a high-vantage point, large group photos at a scenic wedding or even astrophotography. Cinematographers will be equally as impressed with the lens’ ability to retain straight lines.”
$3K buys you this statement lens. Warning, it’s big.
February 4th, 2015
CANON 50MP 5DS CAMERA ANNOUNCED
50.6MP full frame CMOS (doubles 5D MkIII)
Dual DIGIC 6, 3.2 inch LCD 1.04 million pixels
ISO 100-6400 (extended with ISO50 and 12800)
Shutter speed of 30 seconds to 1/8000 second
Continuous shooting at 5 frames per second
1.3x (30MP) and 1.6x (20MP) crop modes
Advanced mirror control mechanism
Full HD 1920 x 1080p video but with fewer outputs
Same size and weight as 5D MkIII
5DS Version R has no low pass filter and is $3,900
Available in late April
(Edit: Good on paper. Unfortunately, this is old sensor technology with no increase in dynamic range. The 5DS is meant for landscape and architectural photographers who use a tripod and HDR, and want big prints.)
February 3rd, 2015
PORSCHE CAYMAN GT4 ANNOUNCED
The GT4 is the most anticipated Porsche sports car in many years. It is powered by the 991-derived 385 hp 3.8-liter flat six in a mid-engine position and mated to only one transmission option: a manual. Serious stuff. It lapped the Nürburgring as fast as a 997 GT3 model.
This Cayman will screams to 7,400 rpm and do 0-62 in 4.4 seconds with a top speed of 183 MPH. Its debut is slated for Geneva, and it’s set to arrive at dealers this July starting at $84,600.
(Photo courtesy Porsche AG)
January 27th, 2015
“Chet is an album by jazz trumpeter Chet Baker featuring performances by Baker with Herbie Mann, Pepper Adams, Bill Evans, Kenny Burrell, Paul Chambers, and Connie Kay recorded in December 1958 and January 1959 and released on the Riverside label.” [From Wilkpedia (I'm feeling lazy)]
My favorite Chet Baker album.
(Cover Photo: Lawrence Shustak)
January 23rd, 2015
If you fly to a touristed coastal resort, you will avoid the problems Mexico is currently experiencing. Oaxaca and Guadalajara are exceptions and worthy cultural destinations in their own right. Perhaps the best best spot for a winter getaway is Playa del Carmen on the Yucatan peninsula. Ah… sun and warm water.
January 17th, 2015
My warmest thanks to Panorama Magazine for featuring my photograph on the cover of their January issue. Editor Pete Stout and Creative Director Richard Baron have crafted this Porsche Club of America (PCA) publication to perfection over the past year.
January 14th, 2015
RANDY WELLS WILL BE TRAVELING THROUGHOUT THE WEST IN 2015…
Stay tuned – details to come!
(Photo: Copyright Randy Wells)
January 11th, 2015
REFLECTIONS ON ERNST HAAS
“There are almost too many possibilities. Photography is in direct proportion with our time: multiple, faster, instant. Because it is so easy, it will be more difficult.” – Ernst Haas
“Living in a time of the increasing struggle of the mechanization of man, photography has become another example of this paradoxical problem of how to humanize, how to overcome a machine on which we are thoroughly dependent… the camera…” – Ernst Haas
“The camera doesn’t make a bit of difference. All of them can record what you are seeing. But, you have to SEE.” – Ernst Haas
January 9th, 2015
(Cartoonist: Ruben Oppenheimer)
January 7th, 2015
I’M HAPPIER NOW