January 19th, 2017

Randy Wells | Automotive Photojournalist | Writer | Director of Photography

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January 19th, 2017

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

THROWBACK THURSDAY

Leica’s M4-2 was built from 1978 to 1980. It was a revision of the M4, had a working hot shoe, and could take a winder. About 16,000 were made. Here’s mine bought in 1979. My first Leica rangefinder (and Omega Speedmaster).

Winter is a great time to do some tabletop studio work. On the third Thursday of each month, I’ll be posting a new still photograph of one of my old film cameras. Call it a retro phase.

This seems especially relevant with yesterday’s announcement of the back-to-basics Leica M10 digital rangefinder. Thinner, lighter, quieter, better sensor, faster recycle rate, 5 fps, larger viewfinder, and no video. I want one.

(Bottom Photo: Chris Gampat/Photoblogger)

January 18th, 2017

OUT OF AFRICA

Another great historic Porsche is featured in the January issue of PCA Panorama Magazine. It’s the 1973 911 Carrera RS that finished 2nd in the 1974 African Rally with Björn Waldegård at the wheel.

It’s a fascinating piece that tells the story of Porsche’s involvement in the East Africa Rally of Kenya. Thanks again to creative director Richard Baron and editor Amy Skogstrom for their incredible collaboration with my photos and text. And special thanks to Jürgen Barth for his input!

January 11th, 2017

SEARCHING FOR SALT – ONE YEAR LATER

Thanks to my friends at Road Scholars for publishing an update to my October 2015 award-winning article.

Road Scholars Magazine

Original “Searching For Salt” blog post

It tells the story of Porsche competitor Tom Woodford, who attended the 2014 Bonneville Salt Flats “World of Speed” event. It was the only automotive competition at Bonneville that wasn’t cancelled due to a lack of salt during a three-year period from 2013 to 2015. More

January 9th, 2017

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

MORE PERSONAL WORK – 2016

2016 was a very creative year for me, and 2017 is not letting up. Here are two more images of mine from Los Cabos, Mexico shot with a Leica M9-P and 50mm Summicron.

January 6th, 2017

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

WANT TO UPGRADE YOUR EARLY 911 SUSPENSION?

Porsche’s first 911 sport cars in stock form ride a bit soft by today’s standards. Their shocks and bushings are easily worn out over time. My latest Road Scholars Magazine article covers the basics of maintaining and subtly upgrading the ride of your early 911, while improving its handling. Enjoy!

Road Scholars Magazine Article

January 3rd, 2017

Posted in Uncategorized by Randy Wells

CHOOSE YOURSELF

“If you don’t choose the life you want to live, chances are, someone else is going to choose it for you. And the results are probably not going to be pretty.”

“Love, joy, wonder, curiosity, and friendship connection. These are things you give away. Not take from others.”

-James Altucher

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January 1st, 2017

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

PERSONAL WORK – 2016

Those who follow my blog, know that at the end of each year I pick a series of what I consider my best three personal images from a non-assignment single location.

This year’s selects were all made within a couple of days using a Leica M9 camera with 28mm and 50mm Summicron lenses in Los Cabos, Mexico.

December 30th, 2016

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

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

From all of us at WellsImagery, thank you for your support in 2016, and we wish you all the very best for 2017!

December 26th, 2016

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

THE ARCHITECT MOVIE:
MY CAMEO ROLE AS A PHOTOGRAPHER

I have a non-speaking (camera noise making) role in a new film called “The Architect” showing this week on TCM and SHOWTIME. Look for me at 1hr 29 minutes! And don’t blink…

More here

(Top 2 Photos: Parker Film Company)

December 24th, 2016

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

OLD SCHOOL XMAS

Vinyl and tubes belong together, like old jazz records.

Wishing you a warm holiday season!

December 20th, 2016

MEET OTIS

Kudos to Porsche Panorama creative director Richard Baron and editor Amy Skogstrom for their amazing layout and edit on my 2012 Cayenne overlanding story.

That summer day I spent off-roading in the Pacific Northwest with “Otis” owners, the Ranhofers, was appropriately muddy. So, we were able to get the perfect shots! See the December 2016 issue of Porsche Club of America’s national magazine for more of my words and pictures about this adventure sport.

Panorama Magazine

December 14th, 2016

MOTOR PRESS GUILD 2016 AWARD –
BEST FEATURE ARTICLE OF THE YEAR

It was a huge honor to receive this trophy yesterday at the MPG banquet in the Marconi Museum of Orange County for my Road Scholars Magazine article “Searching For Salt”.

Thanks to everyone at RS Magazine: especially editor Randy Leffingwell, Cam Ingram, and Kevin Watts. Thanks also to the Speed Week folks at Bonneville Salt Flats, Save the Salt Coalition, 1975 Porsche 911 streamliner owner Tom Woodford, and Andrea Wells.

Searching For Salt Article

MPG 2016 Awards

(Photo above: Richard Baron)

December 13th, 2016

DISNEY GIRL

Walt Disney, America’s animated film producer, inventor of Tinkerbell, and founder of Disneyland, lived and died this week, 115 and 50 years ago respectively. It’s remarkable how his legacy has only continued to grow in stature. Happy birthday, honey.

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December 9th, 2016

Posted in Photography Blog by Randy Wells

PHONE PHOTO

Yes, I can get a little crazy with phone camera apps (like my recent Oasis in Nevada post). This image was made at the Getty Center in L.A. a couple of years ago. Probably influenced by the Koudelka photo exhibit I visited that day…

December 6th, 2016

DECEMBER SPIEL COVER

Thanks to editor David Cook and art director Dean Holbrook for featuring my image of a Porsche 917 on the PNWR PCA “Spiel” magazine cover this month. It was fun covering this Chris Powell tech session featuring John Horsman in Redmond, WA!