Want to see more than what’s available on your smart phone? Love big cities and the cultural events that they offer? Here are some recommended sensory overload travel destinations for the coming months:
Paris, France – Blossoms and Art in April
Rome, Italy – City Celebration in April
San Francisco, California – Film Festival in April
Miami, Florida – South Beach Fashion in May
New York, New York – SoHo Shopping in May
London, England – Music Festivals in June
“The Salt of The Earth”, which debuted at Cannes last fall and was nominated for an Acadamy Award, will be opening in New York and Los Angeles on Friday. Theaters nationwide will follow in April and May. Directors Wim Wenders and Juliano Salgado made this documentary film about the renowned photojournalist Sebastian Salgado. More
Congrats to everyone at Bellevue Porsche, the new Washington state dealership whose grand opening was last night. A Porsche 918 Spyder was on display with its hybrid 608-horsepower 4.6-liter V8 mid-engine, centerlock wheels and huge green brakes. Loved it sitting next to Steve Terrien’s 1958 Porsche 550A Spyder that I shot for Excellence Magazine in 2012.
Coming to PCA members soon is a story on Porsche’s 2014 Macan CUV. It’s a look back on a PNW owner’s experiences over the past nine months. Shot entirely in the rain with owner Wendy Gulick at the wheel! Thanks again to Panorama Magazine for featuring my work in words and pictures.
Josef Koudelka: Nationality Doubtful
November 11, 2014 – March 22, 2015
Getty Center, Los Angeles
“An aeronautical engineer by training, Josef Koudelka… became intensely committed to photography by the mid-1960s and quickly emerged as one of the most influential, iconoclastic photographers of his generation. This exhibition—the first U.S. retrospective devoted to Koudelka since 1988 — traces his legendary career with more than 140 works produced over five decades. It marks the first time that the work of one contemporary photographer will fill the Center for Photographs at the Getty.”
It would be fun to eavesdrop on what my two photographic mentors were talking about in the ’70s. I can just about imagine Sam Abell (left) saying to Ernst Haas (right), “The underlying signature design element in my images is a triangle, a strong horizon line with a point above, what’s yours? ” Then Ernst would reply “The symbol for infinity, a figure 8.”
German based Burmester offers a “High-End Surround-Sound-System” for the ultimate high-end music experience in the latest Porsches. Sixteen separate amplifier channels totaling 1000 watts distribute audio for up to sixteen loudspeakers. Included is an active subwoofer with integrated 300-watt-amplifier. The distinctive Burmester sound is reproduced at all octaves down to the lowest bass foundation. It’s like your own personal mobile listening room.
Ever wonder about that rusty old 356 Porsche that appeared at Werks Reunion 2014 in Monterey? Panorama Magazine editor Pete Stout and I just profiled this 1952 pre-A and its owner in a “Patina Queen” article. George Alspaugh’s weathered coupe does leave admiring glances and puzzled looks in its wake. Personally, I love it and would never paint it. Thanks to Richard Baron for the great layout.
Just shot a car in the rain for an editorial feature. What amazing results – helped by some good lighting. I need to do this again. Here’s an older shot of my 1972 Porsche 911S that started me on the road to thinking about this treatment.
“Featuring the widest angle of view ever achieved for a rectilinear full-frame Digital SLR lens and a minimum focusing distance of 11 inches (at 24mm), this new lens is ideal for professionals who want the ultimate in creative image expression with sharp, crisp detail whether shooting entire buildings from a close position, entire stadium shots from a high-vantage point, large group photos at a scenic wedding or even astrophotography. Cinematographers will be equally as impressed with the lens’ ability to retain straight lines.”
$3K buys you this statement lens. Warning, it’s big.
50.6MP full frame CMOS (doubles 5D MkIII)
Dual DIGIC 6, 3.2 inch LCD 1.04 million pixels
ISO 100-6400 (extended with ISO50 and 12800)
Shutter speed of 30 seconds to 1/8000 second
Continuous shooting at 5 frames per second
1.3x (30MP) and 1.6x (20MP) crop modes
Advanced mirror control mechanism
Full HD 1920 x 1080p video but with fewer outputs
Same size and weight as 5D MkIII
5DS Version R has no low pass filter and is $3,900
Available in late April
(Edit: Good on paper. Unfortunately, this is old sensor technology with no increase in dynamic range. The 5DS is meant for landscape and architectural photographers who use a tripod and HDR, and want big prints.)
The GT4 is the most anticipated Porsche sports car in many years. It is powered by the 991-derived 385 hp 3.8-liter flat six in a mid-engine position and mated to only one transmission option: a manual. Serious stuff. It lapped the Nürburgring as fast as a 997 GT3 model.
This Cayman will screams to 7,400 rpm and do 0-62 in 4.4 seconds with a top speed of 183 MPH. Its debut is slated for Geneva, and it’s set to arrive at dealers this July starting at $84,600.
“Chet is an album by jazz trumpeter Chet Baker featuring performances by Baker with Herbie Mann, Pepper Adams, Bill Evans, Kenny Burrell, Paul Chambers, and Connie Kay recorded in December 1958 and January 1959 and released on the Riverside label.” [From Wilkpedia (I'm feeling lazy)]
If you fly to a touristed coastal resort, you will avoid the problems Mexico is currently experiencing. Oaxaca and Guadalajara are exceptions and worthy cultural destinations in their own right. Perhaps the best best spot for a winter getaway is Playa del Carmen on the Yucatan peninsula. Ah… sun and warm water.
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