December 21st, 2014

Randy Wells | Automotive Photographer & Writer

Posted in Porsche by Randy Wells

ROGER GRAGO 1953-2014

A dear friend of mine passed away this morning. My heartfelt condolences go to all his family and the entire early VW and 911 Porsche community for his loss.

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December 19th, 2014

Posted in Photography, Travel by Randy Wells

WHERE TO GO IN EUROPE FOR A 2015 WINTER

Forget London and Paris, too cold. Same for the rest of northern Europe.

Here are a couple of getaway spots to view art in relative warmth. In Barcelona check out the Picasso and Miro museums. In Italy, well, you are spoilt for choice in art. it’s Venice, Florence, and Rome. Finally, head to the islands off Naples, such as Procida pictured here, inspired for some R&R and photography.

(Photographers: Unknown)

December 15th, 2014

Posted in Uncategorized by Randy Wells

HOW TO TELL IF SOMEONE IS SELF ABSORBED

A common condition in today’s busy world, here’s a test:

Are You Self Absorbed?

December 12th, 2014

Posted in Photography by Randy Wells

CAMERA SUTRA

Every once in a while I read a blog post site that makes me think. Here’s one from Blake Andrews :

Blake Andrews Blogspot

December 8th, 2014

Posted in Photography, Porsche by Randy Wells

I BROKE ALL THE RULES

“NEVER shoot a car on a parking lot with stripes.”
“NEVER shoot a car in hard light.”
“NEVER shoot a car with just a rangefinder camera.”

Yup, I broke all the rules and still got published. Excellence Magazine #225 will arrive this month featuring a story I wrote and photographed on a DIY Porsche 912 project. Jason Thrupp is the owner, a New Zealander who relocated to Santa Barbara – my two favorite locations. He completed this 1966 Irish Green coupe restoration himself over the last two years, including motor and suspension. The result is a wonderful sports car that drives like new. Good on ya mate!

December 6th, 2014

Posted in Photography by Randy Wells

IS THIS THE BEST 35MM DSLR COMBO OF 2014?

Based on Nikon’s D810 groundbreaking 36MP sensor and Zeiss’ Otus lens quality, I’d say yes. In terms of image quality, there is no equal. Although they do not offer AF, the recently released Zeiss 55 f1.4 and 84 f1.4 Apo lenses are already legendary, and more Otus lenses are sure to follow. If Canon doesn’t get their own 4K sensor (or a Sony sensor) into their FF Pro still cameras soon (they’re a year behind), I suspect they will lose market share with the more meticulous 35mm studio and landscape shooters out there. Yes, digital can be that much better…

Update 12/17/14: Looks like Canon has finally responded. Today they announced a 50MP DSLR to be released next year. The 5DIII will be 3 years old in March. If full-frame, the new body would be great for my studio work.

December 4th, 2014

Posted in Tunes/Music by Randy Wells

R.I.P. Ian McLagan and Bobby Keyes

Two of the best sidemen for The Rolling Stones (and band members with The New Barbarians) passed away in the last two days. Bobby Keyes, saxophonist, was 70 and Ian McLagan, keyboardist, was 69. More

December 1st, 2014

Posted in Photography by Randy Wells

MY BEST PERSONAL WORK OF THE YEAR

Each December/January I post a personal work series – what I consider my best three images from a non-assignment single location during the year. It is an entirely subjective process, unlike my edited commercial work. Last year I posted three low key photos captured within a few days in Cabo San Lucas.

This year’s high key images were all shot with a Canon 50mm lens during two days in September on the Bonneville Salt Flats.

November 24th, 2014

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

EMORY FAMILY LEGACY: ORIGINAL OUTLAWS

Normally I’m not a huge fan of eight minute car culture clips, but in this case it’s not just cuts and fluff.

This one features my favorite four generational hot rodding family: Neil, Gary, Rod and Zayne Emory. Enjoy!

Here’s another cool one featuring DKP legend Ron Fleming:

November 20th, 2014

Posted in Photography by Randy Wells

MORE JULIE KOMAROW OUTTAKES

I love this new automotive photojournalism, where we explore the person behind the car. Bringing the owner’s personality to light in photographs and words is very rewarding to me. Here are a couple of shots from Julie’s farm made at the end of the day with a Leica rangefinder and 35mm lens.

November 13th, 2014

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

JULIE KOMAROW DRIVES IT HER WAY

Panorama Magazine #692, with Ada Lee Halofsky writing, just featured an article on a PCA member who survived breast cancer with her 430,000 mile ’84 Porsche Carrera and farm filled with cats, chickens, goats, llamas, and dog Ben. Julie’s tenacity and will to live is infectious, and I am honored to be a small part of her wonderful story. This is perhaps the best published editorial piece I’ve been associated with. Thanks to everyone for their heartfelt contributions.

November 11th, 2014

Posted in Photography, Video/Film by Randy Wells

FAMOUS CINEMATOGRAPHERS TALK LENSES

There is much to learn from these masters.

Another Roger Deakins interview

Shane Halburt interview

November 7th, 2014

Posted in Photography by Randy Wells

TROUBLE FOCUSING A LEICA RANGEFINDER?

Some great advice here on zone focusing:

“Leica’s aren’t meant to be shot wide open in street photography. You can’t constantly nail f1.4 shots of people moving. Furthermore bokeh shots in street photography tend to be cliche, and you lose context of the background and environment. To be frank, very few great photos in history were shot wide open.” More

November 1st, 2014

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

THE OLDEST 901 IN THE WEST TURNS 50

Everyone loves anniversaries. Porsche announced the 50th for their 911 last fall. The only catch is that celebration was for a pre-production model shown at the 1963 Frankfurt Motor Show, a car with a non-operational engine and a 356 rear suspension.

For the first complete 911s, named 901s, their golden anniversary has finally arrived. Coming soon to a newsstand near you is an Excellence Magazine feature on 901 #032, Dean Watts’ October 1964 build Porsche race car. This example is one of less than 235 made that year, and one of the very few that are actually 901s – because Porsche changed the model designation to 911 right after this car was built. More

October 25th, 2014

Posted in Tunes/Music, Video/Film by Randy Wells

REMEMBERING JACK BRUCE AND CREAM

Jack Bruce passed away today at age 71. He was a founding member of the influential British psychedelic power rock trio Cream – along with Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton. In the two short years they played together (1966-1968), Bruce sang and co-wrote most of Cream’s singles, including the hits “Sunshine of Your Love”, “White Room”, and “I Feel Free”. Many consider him one of the greatest bass players of all time. Cream was the world’s first successful supergroup – a group that foreshadowed Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath.

(Photographer: Unknown)

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October 21st, 2014

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

BELLEVUE CAR STUDIO GETS A MAKEOVER

The car studio space I moved into near Seattle has recently undergone a major upgrade. In addition to adding the option of either a black or white background, a 30 foot square white silk fabric has been mounted to the ceiling to reduce any unwanted reflections.

With seamless on the floor and 4000 watts of light either bounced off or through the silk, a uniform presentation has been created. The results are beautiful and will continue to just get better, making it one of the best auto salons in Washington state. More