Archive for the RF / Leica Blog category

May 18th, 2017

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

THROWBACK THURSDAY

Here’s a look at an M9-P from 2013, my first digital Leica rangefinder. The black paint is now brassed after 100,000 exposures, but it’s still a favorite piece of gear for personal work, fine art, and vacations!

March 28th, 2017

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

A ROOM WITH A VIEW

There are some scenes I come across that are inherently perfect. The colors, the lines, the balance, everything works together – like a painting. You just point and shoot. The result is a travel souvenir that continues to reward after repeated viewing.

Leica M9-P with 50mm Summicron

March 23rd, 2017

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

PERCEPTION

We do not see what there is, but we see what we want to see or have learned to see. The important (thing) is to understand what we do not see. – Erwin Puts

Leica M9-P with 50mm Summicron

March 20th, 2017

THANKS LEICA!

It was a pleasure speaking at the monthly Cameras, Coffee & Conversation in Washington state’s Leica Store Bellevue. Thanks to Brandon, Ford, Angela, Nathan and Steve for their invitation. And thanks to all who participated in this fun event where we discussed the intricacies of car photography!

(Photo: Courtesy Leica Store Bellevue)

March 16th, 2017

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

THROWBACK THURSDAY

One of the all-time great mechanical Leica rangefinders built from 1984 to 2003. Here’s my M6 built in 1991, my fifth Leica rangefinder after a M4-2, M3, M2 and M4 for gear. And the first one with a built in meter!

March 5th, 2017

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

JOIN ME AT THE LEICA STORE BELLEVUE ON SUNDAY, MARCH 19

You are invited to join me on Sunday, March 19th at 1 pm for this month’s Coffee, Cameras and Conversation event at the Leica Store in Bellevue Square, Washington. More

February 16th, 2017

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

THROWBACK THURSDAY

Can’t afford a new digital Leica SL with 50mm lens? There’s always the all analog Leicaflex SL from the early ’70s. It was made from 1968 to 1974, with 1080 being capable of being motorized (SLMOT). Here’s my first Leica camera, bought used in 1979. Hey, if it was good enough gear for Ernst Haas… More

February 6th, 2017

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

THE NEGATIVE BEHIND THE SHOT – BRESSON

Thanks to the website Leicaphilia for posting this shot of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s negative and portrait of the “decisive moment” he made so famous in still photography over 80 years ago. More

January 19th, 2017

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

THROWBACK THURSDAY

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.

Leica’s M4-2 was a short-lived model built from 1978 to 1980. It was a simplified revision of the M4 (’66-’75). It didn’t have a self timer, but it had a working hot shoe and could take a winder. About 16,000 were made, including mine shown here. Bought in 1979, it was my first Leica rangefinder. More

January 9th, 2017

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

PERSONAL WORK – 2016

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

January 1st, 2017

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

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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. Stay Tuned…

September 13th, 2016

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

ERNST HAAS TRIBUTE WEEK

1953 First Color Photo Essay – LIFE
1962 First Color Photography Exhibition – MOMA

“As part of this week long tribute to Ernst Haas on the 30th anniversary of his death (September 12, 1986), I share my remembrance on AI-AP/Pro Photo Daily,” says my dear friend and colleague Arthur Meyerson. Arthur was there in 1984 when the opportunity came to travel with Ernst on a photo tour of Japan. That’s where I made this photo of him and our mentor. More

September 2nd, 2016

THE BEATLES LAST CONCERT

Candlestick Park 50 years ago this week!

(Photo: Jim Marshall)

January 25th, 2016

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

LEICA SL

I’ve now shot with the new SL, and it’s very nice: Leica quality, metal body, full-frame 24 MP sensor, 12 fps, 4K video, high-res EVF, weather sealed, and rugged. Of course, I’m a dyed in the wool Leica fan, so I find it all very tempting. Except for the fact the SL was launched as a professional camera three months ago and still only has one AF-IS lens available, a 24-90mm f2.8-4. That and it’s very expensive… $12.5K for the body/lens package. More

December 10th, 2015

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

PERSONAL WORK – 2015

At the end of each year I pick a personal work series, what I consider my best three images from a non-assignment single location. It’s an entirely subjective process, unlike my edited commercial work.

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

June 16th, 2015

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

LEICA Q MIRRORLESS CAMERA

This announcement seems more intriguing to me than the Leica T camera (16 MP) introduced last year. The Q does not take interchangeable lenses, but the fixed aspherical 28mm f1.7 lens is mated to a superior 24 MP full frame sensor that has the ability to crop to 35mm (15 MP) or 50mm (8 MP). 3.68 MP EVF viewfinder, video at 60 fps, macro mode availability, 10 FPS in DNG, image stabilizing, autofocus, autoexposure – all switchable to off. Ingenious. The price: $4,250. Available soon.