February 20th, 2020

Randy Wells | Director of Photography | Writer | Cars & Automotive | Seattle & Santa Barbara

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February 20th, 2020

Posted in Photography Blog, Travel Blog by Randy Wells

SELFIES

The subject was sure to come up sooner or later.

I avoid well-known scenic overlooks, unless I need to photograph them on assignment. Fortunately, I spent my early travel photography career hanging out at the best spots before they were widely discovered. More

February 14th, 2020

Posted in Photography Blog, Travel Blog by Randy Wells

NIKON F APOLLO

Here’s a sweetheart from the past. It’s the last version of the classic Nikon F film camera, commonly known as an “Apollo” type, a 35mm SLR produced from 1971 to 1973. This one’s from my collection shown with the ultra-fast 55mm F/1.2 Nikkor lens.

I still use the lens, along with some old Leica R lenses, for a dreamy look on my digital EOS cameras.

February 9th, 2020

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

WAX

Folks who follow my blog know I am into vinyl… I’ve been collecting 12″ LPs since The Beatles first performed in the USA. Today’s anniversary seems like a long time ago.

Sadly, a Banning, CA facility housing Apollo/Transco Lacquer Manufacturing burned down last week and is apparently a total loss. Fortunately, nobody was injured. However, this facility’s production of vinyl pellets is critical to record plants in the USA, and it’s sudden disappearance will greatly impact LP production in the future unless another source is found. More

February 4th, 2020

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

THANKS FORZA!

Forza Magazine, the premiere Ferrari periodical, chose my assigned photograph of a Silver 1970 Dino GT for the cover of their February issue. Thanks to writer Jay Gilotti, car owner Brian Pollack, and everyone at Forza for making it happen. Read the whole story featuring 50 years of the Dino 246 today:

Forza Magazine Dino Feature

February 2nd, 2020

1917 AND FORD V FERRARI

Is Roger Deakins the best cinematographer working today?

Here are some stills from the movie 1917 that he shot with Sam Mendes directing. Mostly one-take in low-contrast light and period muted color, it covers a 24 hour period in 2 hours. I saw it in a L.A. movie theatre yesterday.

This film was reportedly shot with steady cam and the ARRI Alexa Mini LF, a full-frame yet very small camera, using a 35mm ARRI prime most of the time.

After seeing Ford v. Ferrari with Randy Leffingwell in the movie theatre recently, that film tops them all for my favorite motorsports movie of all time. Recommended!

February 1st, 2020

“THE HEIST” PORSCHE COMMERCIAL

Watch this TV commercial tomorrow during the big game, or sneak a peak at the uncut version today! Includes the latest GT3 and more classic Porsches in a “Fast & Furious” ad.

January 30th, 2020

ON THE BEACH

So what’s the best Neil Young album? For me, it has to be 1974′s On The Beach.

It encapsulates the NY ethos most succinctly, without calling attention to itself, plus it’s remained topical for decades. More

January 27th, 2020

@PECLA

This Saturday the SoCal region of R Gruppe will celebrate the life of Cris Huergas at the Porsche Experience Center in Los Angeles. Meet at 8 am at 19800 South Main Street, Carson, CA. See you there.

(Photo: 911 of Rolly Resos, photographer unknown)

Sad Update: R.I.P Kobe Bryant, his 13 y.o. daughter and seven others. I was on my way to an automotive photo shoot nearby when their helicopter crashed. My sincere condolences to the families and their friends.

January 23rd, 2020

Posted in Uncategorized by Randy Wells

(Cartoon: andrewgenn)

January 19th, 2020

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

LEICA M CAMERA WITH 47 MP COMING

The Leica M10-P digital rangefinder was a big step up from the M 240 model, but it is still a 24 MP camera. A rumored M10-R is expected to be released in 2020 with a 47 MP file size full-frame sensor. This could be the ultimate fine-art compact camera. Plus, with the extra large file, there will be no need to bring along a long telephoto M lens. Just take a 50mm and/or 90mm and crop as needed!

January 15th, 2020

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

ANDY IRONS

I’ve just seen what has to be one of the best documentaries ever made, especially when it comes to extreme sports and lifestyle. It’s the 2018 film Andy Irons: Kissed by God. More

January 10th, 2020

THANKS 000!

It’s great to have my images included again in 000 Magazine. Issue 012 features my coverage of Cameron Healy at the wheel of his 1951 Le Mans class-winning 356 SL #46 on Mulholland Drive. These photos accompany Jeff Zwart’s cover and beauty shots, along with Chris Greenwood’s build photos, to help tell an amazing story. Special thanks go to Pete Stout, Rod Emory, Cameron and the whole crew for making it happen!

January 7th, 2020

CRIS HUERGAS

Intention is everything. When fully met, it involves your whole purpose and being. It requires passion, reasonable thinking, and a commitment to follow through.

When times get tough, I try to remember that no matter what happens, intention will see you through every time. Be confident, look outside the box, leave the herd behind, move forward, and ride. Godspeed.

R.I.P. Cris Huergas, R Gruppe Co-Founder

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January 3rd, 2020

FAREWELL VW BEETLE

January 1st, 2020

HAPPY NEW YEAR & 10th ANNIVERSARY!

Today, this blog celebrates its tenth year on the endless wire – pre-Instagram. Thanks to all for visiting this site and letting me share my life with you.

With an average of one new blog post every 5 days and an Instagram site now flourishing (@cars.randywells), it’s been an extremely satisfying last couple of years. It certainly helps me to keep writing!

Now, I just gotta keep up those New Year’s resolutions… Personally, I can’t wait for the 2020s.

(Photo: Motor Press Guild Best Film Award – March, 2019)
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