August 14th, 2014

Randy Wells | Automotive Writer & Photographer

Posted in Photography, Porsche by Randy Wells

AFFAIR OF THE HEART

Congratulations to Rick Bradley and his Porsche 356 convertible that he bought new in 1960. My article and photographs featuring this car appear in this month’s issue of Panorama Magazine. Here’s what Rick says about his lifelong ride, “It’s dependable and never fails to start on the first turn of the key. It doesn’t require a smog test, and it gives sports car feel with great fuel economy on regular gas, between 30 and 35 mpg. When the weather is sunny and warm, the top can be lowered in a few minutes.”

August 11th, 2014

Posted in Uncategorized by Randy Wells

COMEDIANS MISSED

Light & Dark

Jonathan Winters & George Carlin

Robin Williams

RIP

August 9th, 2014

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

CARS YEAH

Cars Yeah is an innovative website that features podcast interviews with automotive entrepreneurs. Mark Greene asked me to participate, and our session will go live tomorrow. A fun time is guaranteed!

CARSYEAH.COM

Randy on CARSYEAH.COM

August 2nd, 2014

Posted in Photography, Porsche by Randy Wells

PORSCHES AT RTC

Rain showers could not keep over 200 Porsches away from gathering at the Redmond Town Center mall in Washington state today. From 356s to a Carrera GT, the marque was well represented at the largest weekly exotic car meet north of Los Angeles.

David Alan Harvey on shooting with a 35mm lens

July 28th, 2014

Posted in Photography, Uncategorized by Randy Wells

LOST ORIENTATION

“Some social philosophers (Bauman, Sloterdijk) focus attention to the fact that in modern society the continuous state of change has its toll. The fickle character of this age implies that individuals lose their sense of orientation. While improvising his way through the manifold changes modern man loses every sense of direction.” More

July 25th, 2014

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

KINGMAN, ARIZONA

Sometimes the unexpected turns out to be the best thing that could happen. Recently I stepped out of my hotel room with a camera for a look at the sunset. There across the street was a gathering of American hot rods at a local drive-in. The 50mm f1.4 lens I had with me was perfect for the evening light, and I went to work. What a magical moment.

July 19th, 2014

Posted in Photography by Randy Wells

JAY MAISEL

Here are a few words of advice from Jay Maisel, a master color photographer of tremendous experience and wisdom:

“If you are not your own severest critic, you’re your own worst enemy. It is so much easier to take pictures if you have the camera with you. Go out empty – to have the real joy of not having something to shoot, to just be free. That’s what motivates me. The chance to look at something – and see something new.” More

July 14th, 2014

Posted in Tunes/Music by Randy Wells

NEW LED ZEPPELIN VINYL REISSUES

The long awaited Led Zep LPs are on record store shelves sealed in cellophane or spinning on young listeners USB turntables now.

The up side is they’re not scratchy or noisy, the down side is they don’t sound as good as originals or the Classic vinyl reissues from a few years ago.

You can read more in Michael Fremer’s review here

(Photographer: Unknown)

July 7th, 2014

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

MEXICAR, AND OTHER STORIES TO COME

Hard to believe, but I’ve been on the road for 3 1/2 weeks shooting a dozen automotive subjects non-stop. My travels took me from Seattle to Pikes Peak, then Monterey, back to Pikes Peak, then on to LA, SF, Sacramento and finally home.

Some might say its even harder to believe that my story on Steven Harris’ 1967 911S rally car, nicknamed “Mexicar”, finally made it to print… More

June 27th, 2014

Posted in Photography, Travel by Randy Wells

30 YEARS AGO

It was thirty years ago that I traveled to Tokyo to participate in a photo workshop taught by Ernst Haas. I knew nobody when I arrived and gained two life-long friends by the time I returned home two weeks later. One is Len Krueger, as gifted a visual artist as anyone I’ve met.

Today I spoke with that second talented friend of mine, the legendary photographer Arthur Meyerson. His recent book The Color of Light reveals his influences, including Haas and Jay Maisel. Check it out before it goes out of print. Haas would say it’s amazing.

Review The Color of Light

Order The Color of Light

(Photo of Ernst Haas: Todd Weinstein)

June 23rd, 2014

Posted in Photography, Porsche by Randy Wells

THE BEST 1972 PORSCHE 911S IN THE WORLD?

Funny how asking a question like this will arouse all sorts of sentiments. Regardless, Peter Ohanesian’s Signal Yellow ’72S is one of the best. That was proven this week when it won it’s concours class and the coveted Gmünd trophy at this year’s PCA Porsche Parade. It achieved 299.2 points out of 300 possible. It’s also featured in this month’s issue of Panorama Magazine. Thanks to Pete Stout, Richard Baron and the folks at Pano for featuring my writing and photography.

June 18th, 2014

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

FROM PIKES PEAK TO BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS

Just back from photographing a Pike’s Peak Hill Climb test day courtesy of Road Scholars, “The Fred” Veitch, and Jeff Zwart. From Colorado Springs I drove to Wendover, Utah to visit the famous Bonneville Salt Flats. Here are two pics from that travel.

Sea level to 14,000 feet to 4,000 feet. What a trip! If you haven’t been to these “bucket list” U.S. races, now’s your chance. America’s 2014′s Pikes Peak Internation Hill Climb is happening June 29th, and Bonneville Speed Week will take place August 9-15.

June 4th, 2014

Posted in Tunes/Music by Randy Wells

NOTHING IS EVERYTHING

Who Came First was a 1972 release created by Pete Townshend, songwriter and guitarist of the rock group The Who. It included demos from the aborted album Lifehouse, some of which appeared on the chart busting Who’s Next. These tracks were recorded at Townshend’s home studio and payed tribute to his avatar, Meher Baba. More

May 28th, 2014

Posted in Photography, Porsche by Randy Wells

SILVER BULLET AND THE GREAT ESCAPE

Once again, Excellence magazine has chosen to feature two of my articles in the same issue (August #220). One portrays a Silver/Red 1959 356 Cabriolet and the other documents a “survivor” Slate Gray/Red 1966 911 (see link below). Both Porsches have compelling stories, and both have stayed in the same family for all or most of their lives. Cheers to their respective owners, Eric Holzapel and Jay Karolyi, for making these stories possible, and thanks to everyone involved in in my photography/writing!

Greast Escape in a ’66 911

May 22nd, 2014

Posted in Photography by Randy Wells

A SHARP CANON UWA ZOOM

Canon’s EF 16-35 f4L image stabilizing lens was announced this week.

It’s not available until the end of June but has already gained a following – especially among those who have been waiting for a really sharp ultra-wide-angle zoom from this manufacturer. Unfortunately, none of Canon’s past or current offerings match the edge-to-edge performance of Nikon’s 14-24 f2.8 optic. More

May 19th, 2014

Posted in Photography, Porsche, Travel by Randy Wells

TREFFEN 2014

Just back from Cambria, California and the 2014 R Gruppe Treffen/gathering. I had a blast hanging out with my friends, and the tons of early Porsche 911s, 912s, and 914s that were there. Special thanks goes to Terry English for his hospitality. Thanks also to Ernie Wilberg for sending me this photo that depicts (left to right) Greg Young, myself, Brian Lum, and Jason Thrupp.

Stay tuned for magazine stories on cars from this event!

(Photo: Ernie Wilberg)