April 17th, 2018

Randy Wells | Automotive Storyteller | Director of Photography | Writer

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April 17th, 2018

THE ULTIMATE 928 DIY RESTORATION

“Minerva’s Journey” is a behind the scenes look at what it takes to rebuild a 166,000-mile Porsche from the tub up to “as new” stock condition nearly 40 years after it left the factory.

William Anast and Rob Edwards deserve big kudos for this month’s publication of their 1978 928 refurbishment in PCA’s Panorama Magazine. This was an epic journey in more ways than one.

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April 13th, 2018

Posted in Photography Blog, Travel Blog by Randy Wells

WHO CAN SEE IT

If you’re interested in travel photography as a full-time profession, here are some reflections from a 23 year-old giving it all he’s got. Unfortunately, as hard as he tries, his plan is likely to fail over the long term.

The Life of a Travel Photographer

April 4th, 2018

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT

As a full-time pro for over 25 years, the gear I take on assignment depends on what is needed. Contrary to what it might look like, I prefer to work with the minimum amount of equipment. More

April 1st, 2018

THE GOLD 911R AND KEVIN JEANNETTE

Here’s a pic of Bruce Jennings and Kevin Jeannette from the late 1960s with Porsche 911R #15. What a wonderful moment. Look for a future article on this car. Happy Easter and April Fool’s Day!

(Photograph: Courtesy Kevin Jeannette Collection)

March 27th, 2018

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog, Video / Film Blog by Randy Wells

IT DOESN’T MATTER

Stephen Stills and Manassas were a short-lived super group in the early 1970s. They made some great music together. Here’s proof. Big Gretsch guitars, big hair, big mutton chops… all live, no overdubs, no lip-synching. “Moment by moment One day at a time. It doesn’t matter, it’s nothing but dreaming anyhow.” More

March 21st, 2018

Posted in Photography Blog, RF / Leica Blog by Randy Wells

THE 28MM FOCAL LENGTH

Here’s why I think the 28mm is the best storytelling lens. It’s wide. But, if you have previously mastered the 17 or 21mm focal length, it’s perfect. Plus the 28mm is extremely cinematic. It’s the same effective focal length as a smartphone. Except, depending on your camera body, it is even smarter. It has multiple more megapixels to record all that information. More

March 17th, 2018

Posted in Photography Blog, Porsche Blog, Travel Blog by Randy Wells

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY

For all of you with a wee bit of Irish in your heritage, here’s a photo of a Conda Green Kremer-Porsche 911 ST I’d like to be wearing today.

March 12th, 2018

THE PORSCHE EFFECT

Thanks to everyone at Road Scholars Magazine and the Petersen Automotive Museum for the opportunity to cover opening night of “The Porsche Effect” exhibit in LA. Shot entirely with a Leica Q and 28mm lens. Read all about it here:

Road Scholars Magazine – The Porsche Effect

March 7th, 2018

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog, Video / Film Blog by Randy Wells

DEBRIS

One of my favorite songs. And my favorite Ron Wood riff on any album. Here’s a Ronnie Lane tune from 1971 with Rod Stewart, and the rest of Faces, with producer Glyn Johns on board. It just gets better with age.

“I’ve been there and back, just to see how far it was…”

March 3rd, 2018

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells

MONORAUL REMINISCING

The Beatles in mono are still a great listen, and one of their songs on the recently reissued 1967 Sgt. Pepper LP I’m playing today. It was the B-side to “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”. McCartney wrote it when he was 16. Reportedly, it was in the Beatles setlist in their early days as a song to perform when their amplifiers broke down or the electricity went off!

February 22nd, 2018

Posted in Uncategorized by Randy Wells

PERFECTIONISM

Mr. Nelson, my 5th grade teacher at Mt. Eccles Elementary School in Cordova, Alaska, was the first person to tell me that I was a perfectionist. He advised me that while it’s certainly an admirable trait, it could hamper me if taken too far. I’ve never forgotten that, and I remind myself to keep it fun every day. More

February 17th, 2018

BACK TO BACK

These two Porsches owned by Ryan Snodgrass are the inspiration for his amazing books: a 1976 Carrera 2.7 MFI 911 and a 1977 Turbo 3.0 930.

See the latest issue of Panorama Magazine for my feature comparing them back to back on the streets of Seattle. It’s a fun ride.

PCA Panorama Magazine

Ryan’s Books at Parabolica Press

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February 14th, 2018

Posted in Travel Blog, Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells

HAPPY VALENTINE DAY TRAVELS!

Somehow, I never got around to this. But in 2018, I’ll be spending some time visiting hotels with vinyl and turntables. There are some pretty cool suites where a guest can play LPs in their room. First stop is the Kimpton Goodland in Santa Barbara. I’ll be staying at more of these hip establishments over the next few months and will keep you posted on what I find.

(Photographer: Unknown)

February 7th, 2018

CAR DETAILS

Focusing on the essentials of a car is part of any automotive photo shoot. It’s actually one of the simplest things to do. No decisive moments, no complicated arrangements, no trying to introduce texture or a backdrop. It’s deceptively easy, as long as you have the right angle, the right crop, and the right light (which you may have to add). More

January 29th, 2018

ELECTRIC TESLA ROADSTER CONCEPT CAR
MEET PORSCHE’S MISSION E

Promised: 0-60 miles per hour in 1.9 seconds. 0-100 in 4.2 seconds. A top speed of 250 mph. 650 mile range. OK, I’m impressed. Whenever the Porsche becomes available, I’ll specify it as my Uber car…

(Photos: Courtesy Tesla and Porsche AG)