August 3rd, 2020

Randy Wells | Director of Photography | Writer | Car and Automotive Photographer | Seattle and Santa Barbara

WELCOME TO THE WEEKLY BLOG

A widely recognized, award-winning automotive filmmaker and photographer, Randy Wells offers his latest adventures here. Additional images can be viewed at his Instagram site: cars.randywells

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August 3rd, 2020

Posted in Photography Blog, Travel Blog by Randy Wells

HEMINGWAY BOOK COVER

It’s always nice when your photograph is chosen for a book or album cover. Here’s one with impalas in motion that I photographed in Kenya. It’s being used on a French edition of Hemingway’s Green Hills of Africa.

July 28th, 2020

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells

THE ROAD TO RUIN

I’m referring to the John and Beverley Martyn record from 1970 with a Max Ernst engraving on the cover and engineering by John Wood. The best listen is all analog on an original UK Island LP. More

July 25th, 2020

BACK IN THE PALOUSE

If you really want a change of experience, and you live near Seattle, one option is to take a 4-hour trip east to the wheat fields of the Palouse – but don’t delay. This year’s crop will be cut in a couple of weeks.

We just returned from an overnight trip there, and it was a magnificent visual treat. The image above was shot with a Leica Q camera.

P.S. I’ve updated my DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone with the latest firmware, and it’s working great!

July 21st, 2020

KEEP ON KEEPING ON

Even though it has been surpassed by more powerful models, I still admire the 1999-2004 Modena 360 Ferrari coupe. What a perfect shape.

This is one of those rolling sculptures on wheels (a.k.a. works of art) that I love photographing!

July 17th, 2020

YOUNG PORSCHE OWNERS

For the the July issue of Porsche Club of America’s national Panorama Magazine, I have two features and additional photos that profile young Porsche owners and their cars. Check it out. Today’s youth deserve our support. You never know who is going to be inspired!

My sincere thanks to everyone at Pano for all they do.

July 14th, 2020

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells

YES

The Yes Album was recorded at the Lyceum Theatre in London 50 years ago this week. It was the beginning of a string of three landmark records by the band Yes, each outdoing the previous one with all original songs. These albums all went Platinum in the U.S.: The Yes Album, Fragile, and Close To the Edge. They are still some of my favorite records.

(Yes Art: Roger Dean) More

July 11th, 2020

PETROLICIOUS FOR SALE

Afshin Behnia, founder of the popular car site Petrolicious, has stepped down as CEO and says the site is for sale after posting controversial remarks on the Internet.

I never approached them for work, based on their rates, but I did enjoy some of the car stories they published. Hopefully the site continues and the new owners can find a way to enlist the best automotive photojournalists and filmmakers. I’d be honored to be a part of it.

More here

July 6th, 2020

TED FIELD AND DANNY ONGAIS
Taking the Long Road Home with a Porsche RSR

Article by Randy Wells, Photos by Randy Wells and Others

Forty-Five years ago Porsche’s RSR was the hot ticket for car racing. Of course, joining in the fun has always been easier if you are an heir to one of America’s famous family fortunes.

This never-before-published story covers the famous 1975 RSR, Danny Ongais and Ted Field – who was born to Marshall Field IV, a part of the department store dynasty that created a world of affluence for his family.

Field was only 12 years old when his father passed away in Chicago. After moving to Alaska with his mother, the young Field decided California was where he wanted to be. So what do you do when you’re wealthy, single, 21, and living in southern California? Find yourself a Porsche of course – but not just any Porsche. More

July 3rd, 2020

HAVE A SAFE 4TH OF JULY

This candid photograph of an American veteran (and a cat hiding under the truck) was made along Route 66 in Seligman, Arizona with a digital Leica M and a 50mm lens. Thanks to all our military personnel, past and present, for their sacrifice in the name of independence.

June 29th, 2020

Posted in Photography Blog by Randy Wells

HAPPY NATIONAL CAMERA DAY

Here’s my first camera, a Kodak Brownie Fiesta. I think I was 10 years old when I received it as a gift from my parents for Christmas.

June 26th, 2020

Posted in Photography Blog, Travel Blog, Video / Film Blog by Randy Wells

THE ENDLESS SUMMER

Bruce Brown made his classic surf movie, The Endless Summer, 60 years ago while filming two surfers, Mike Hynson and Robert August. Over two summers he followed them on a surfing trip around the world in search of the perfect wave. His landmark film debuted in 1964.

For many, summer 2020 will likely feel like an endless one for dissimilar reasons. Here’s a website you should consider becoming familiar with, if you are planning travel outside of your state or county:

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June 21st, 2020

Posted in Photography Blog, Porsche Blog by Randy Wells

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY

(Photo: Porsche AG)

June 20th, 2020

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June 17th, 2020

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June 11th, 2020

PORSCHE’S FIRST OVERALL VICTORY AT LE MANS & HANS MEZGER

The 1970 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans took place 50 years ago on June 13 and 14. Porsche had won first in class before, but their 1970 victory was their first overall Le Mans win.

They would go on to conquer the event more times than any other manufacturer. The late Hans Mezger was instrumental in that first victory and many others.

R.I.P. Hans Mezger, age 90, who passed away today. Hans was one of the most important engine designers ever. His first project was to work on the valve train of the Luhrmann-Designed 356 Carrera engine for Porsche – not an easy task. Over the next 35 years, he took part in the design of the first Porsche 911 engine, the Porsche turbocharged engines, and became the leader of the famed Porsche Race Engine Department. More