November 27th, 2013
IS THERE LIFE AFTER RACING?
“Racing is life. Everything that happens before or after is just waiting.” Did a race car driver ever speak truer words?
Judging by the reverence with which Steve McQueen’s line from the movie Le Mans is held, I’d say not. Yet, for some racers there is more to life after racing… like long-time PCA member Richard Sutliffe. More
November 19th, 2013
Congratulations to Cam Ingram, Kevin Watts and everyone at Road Scholars for a banner year in rare collectible car restoration, awards, and sales. And, as always, thanks to Porsche specialist Chris Powell for his support and contributions to my images of the Road Scholars west coast inventory. Their website is a great showcase for my photography.
Road Scholars Website
November 16th, 2013
3 IN 1 TRUCK TIES
Here’s a short automotive product video that displays 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 my editing, Steve took it to the SEMA Show in Las Vegas and won an award. A really fun project, thanks Steve!
November 13th, 2013
Some photographers are universally known. Most are not, including a few geniuses.
Art Kane was a NY commercial photographer who was a pioneer in many ways. He is perhaps best known for his 1958 group shot of 57 famous jazz musicians gathered together on the streets of Harlem. Another image he created was the cover of an album for The Who called The Kids are Alright, a reference to London “mods” who embraced the rock group in the ’60s.
Here’s an alternate from that shoot, The Who wrapped in the Union Jack with children included. It was made in the Morningside Park of New York in 1968.
November 8th, 2013
SWALLOWED BY THE CRACKS
David & David was a mid-80s L.A. band that put out one album, Boomtown. It happened to be great. Here’s a catchy pop tune they composed that was arguably as good as anything done at the time. David Baerwald and David Ricketts disbanded then worked with Sheryl Crow, like another relatively unknown artist, Kevin Gilbert.
November 5th, 2013
THE BUCKET LIST
The other night I watched Rob Reiner’s wonderful film starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. Some of my favorites. With parents getting older (and all of us too), the thematic underpinnings struck home. Hard.
October 30th, 2013
Black cats have been associated with Halloween since the harvest festival began in about 1745 AD. Although cats of all types have been associated with the occult, black felines in particular appear most often in folklore. Several legends exist, like black cats being evil, causing bad luck, being linked to witches, and many other dark things. Very scary! More here.
Enjoy your trick-or-treating, costume parties, and pumpkin carving!
(Photo by Andrea Wells)
October 27th, 2013
JAPAN IN THE FALL
One of my most memorable travels was to Japan in 1984 to study with the famous photographer Ernst Haas. This one-time Maine Photographic Workshop was held in May of that year. I would love to return in the fall to capture the maples and other plants that change to crimson colors, along with the autumn festivals in October. I still have the travel itinerary from ’84: Tokyo, Nagoya, Kumano, Shingu, Mt. Koya, Nara, Kyoto, and Osaka. The tour was called “Pacific Delight” and it certainly was!
October 22nd, 2013
LED ZEPPELIN II – A MASTERING LESSON
44 years ago today, Led Zeppelin released their second album. Eddie Kramer had engineered it, and Bob Ludwig was called in to give the record a “hotter” sound in the LP mastering phase. The resulting pressings have an “RL” inscribed in the run out area of the vinyl. Unfortunately, the dynamics in the grooves made these records unplayable on the inexpensive turntables of the day. So the lacquers were replaced with tamer sounding ones. More
October 19th, 2013
I LOVE FALL
Testing some lenses today and was surprised by the results. Here’s a snap I took with a 1970 Leica 21mm Super Angulon rangefinder lens on a 2012 Leica M9-P camera body from my back door.
There is something special about this vintage optic and Leica’s older 35mm Summillux, Summicron, and Summaron lenses. Compared to modern Leica aspherical lenses, they create a more three dimensional quality and a natural vignetting without correction right out of the camera. Plenty sharp and less post-production!
October 14th, 2013
NEIL YOUNG – ON THE BEACH (1974)
“Was it the Falcon? The Flying V used on the previous year’s tour?”
“It doesn’t really matter what guitar it was, because it’s the tone that cuts through. It’s the ‘real-est’. The most emotive piece of music I’ve ever heard.” More
October 11th, 2013
YEAH, IT’S RAINING AGAIN
October 5th, 2013
IT’S NOT SOME MYSTERIOUS WISH THAT WE’RE IGNORING
Paraphrasing one of the brilliant lines from the TV series “Mad Men”… For those who are not familiar, this show is set in the advertising world of Manhattan in the 1960s.
September 28th, 2013
Had a chance to see Ron Howard’s “Rush” in a movie theatre last night and came away very impressed. It portrays the Formula 1 racing rivalry between Austrian Niki Lauda and Brit James Hunt leading to the climactic 1976 Driver’s Championship. Unlike previous motorsports films, it has an absolutely compelling story line and believable character development. It is also wonderfully cinematic in scope with great attention to period-correct details. More
September 27th, 2013
PORSCHE 911: 50 YEARS AGO – UNVEILED TO THE PUBLIC
After the Frankfurt Auto Show on September 12, 1963, Porsche needed to change the model number on its twelve 901 prototypes because Peugeot objected. Thus the iconic 911 was born. Official production of the new sports car began in the summer/fall of 1964. In all 235 were built during that year. The rest is history.
(Photo courtesy Porsche AG)
September 23rd, 2013
AUTUMN IN AMERICA
On this first day of fall, I’m thinking of the times my wife and I spent in New England at this time of year. The coast of Maine is perhaps our favorite location to photograph, as it reminds us of the Pacific Northwest’s San Juan Islands. For those lucky enough to live in this photogenic destination, enjoy the color and change of season!
Maine Images Collection
(Photo: Andrea Wells)