Archive for the RF / Leica Blog category

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.

May 27th, 2015

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

MARY ELLEN MARK R.I.P. (1940-2015)

Mary Ellen Mark was by far my favorite female photographer. She was legendary for her unstoppable and compassionate approach at Magnum. Melissa Harris, editor in chief of Aperture Foundation, says, “She got to know the subjects she photographed very well, and she was able to convey who they were and how they lived, as well as a sense of their interior lives. There are not that many photographers who can do that.” More

March 25th, 2015

WIM WENDERS FILM ON SALGADO OPENS

“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 renowned photojournalist Sebastian Salgado. More

January 11th, 2015

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

REFLECTIONS ON ERNST HAAS

“There are almost too many possibilities. Photography is in direct proportion with our time: multiple, faster, instant. Because it is so easy, it will be more difficult.” – Ernst Haas

“Living in a time of the increasing struggle of the mechanization of man, photography has become another example of this paradoxical problem of how to humanize, how to overcome a machine on which we are thoroughly dependent… the camera…” – Ernst Haas

“The camera doesn’t make a bit of difference. All of them can record what you are seeing. But, you have to SEE.” – Ernst Haas

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January 3rd, 2015

NEW LEICA STORE IN BELLEVUE WA

Thanks to Tom Smith and Brad Weeks for accommodating me in their busy schedule during the grand opening of the new Leica Store in Bellevue, Washington.

The store is perfectly located in Bellevue Square and looks great. And the Leica products that you can check out in person are astonishing. After sampling it, I’d love to be using a Leica S-E and 70mm CS lens at my Porsche car studio less than three miles away!

December 8th, 2014

I BROKE ALL THE RULES

“NEVER shoot a car on a parking lot with stripes.”
“NEVER shoot a car in hard light.”
“NEVER shoot a car with just a rangefinder camera.”

Yup, I broke all the rules and still got published. Excellence Magazine #225 will arrive this month featuring a story I wrote and photographed on a DIY Porsche 912 project. Jason Thrupp is the owner, a New Zealander who relocated to Santa Barbara – two of my favorite destinations.

He completed this 1966 Irish Green coupe restoration himself over the last two years, including motor and suspension. The result is a wonderful sports car that drives like new. Good on ya mate!

December 6th, 2014

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

IS THIS THE BEST 35MM DSLR COMBO OF 2014?

Based on Nikon’s D810 groundbreaking 36MP sensor and Zeiss’ Otus lens quality, I’d say yes. In terms of image quality, there is no equal. Although they do not offer AF, the recently released Zeiss 55 f1.4 and 84 f1.4 Apo lenses are already legendary, and more Otus lenses are sure to follow. If Canon doesn’t get their own 4K sensor (or a Sony sensor) into their FF Pro still cameras soon (they’re a year behind), I suspect they will lose market share with the more meticulous 35mm studio and landscape shooters out there. Yes, digital can be that much better…

Update 12/17/14: Canon says they will release a new DSLR next year. The 5DIII will be 3 years old in March 2015.

November 20th, 2014

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

MORE JULIE KOMAROW OUTTAKES

I love this new automotive photojournalism, where we explore the person behind the car. Bringing the owner’s personality to light in photographs and words is very rewarding to me. Here are a couple of shots from Julie’s farm made at the end of the day with a Leica rangefinder and 35mm lens.

November 7th, 2014

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

TROUBLE FOCUSING A LEICA RANGEFINDER?

Some great advice here on zone focusing:

“Leica’s aren’t meant to be shot wide open in street photography. You can’t constantly nail f1.4 shots of people moving. Furthermore bokeh shots in street photography tend to be cliche, and you lose context of the background and environment. To be frank, very few great photos in history were shot wide open.” More

October 21st, 2014

BELLEVUE CAR STUDIO GETS A MAKEOVER

The car studio space I moved into near Seattle has recently undergone a major upgrade. In addition to adding the option of either a black or white background, a 30 foot square white silk fabric has been mounted to the ceiling to reduce any unwanted reflections.

With seamless on the floor and 4000 watts of light either bounced off or through the silk, a uniform presentation has been created. The results are beautiful and will continue to just get better, making it one of the best auto salons in Washington state. More