Archive for the RF / Leica Blog category

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. 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.

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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