Archive for the Photography Blog category

March 24th, 2019

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

UTAH VOTES $5 MILLION TO RESTORE BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS

Just in from SaveTheSalt.org:

“This marks the first public dollars appropriated to restore the depleted salt surface since the land speed racing community began its quest more than 30 year ago,” said Save the Salt Foundation Vice Chairman Tom Burkland. “This is a job well done. Land speed racers the world over say, ‘Thank You Utah!’”

Save the Salt aticle

March 24th, 2019

Randy Wells | Automotive Filmmaker | Writer & Director of Photography

PORTFOLIO IMAGES UPDATED

A full-time award-winning writer/photographer since 1992, Randy Wells offers his best images here:

WELLS IMAGERY

March 20th, 2019

PARIS-DAKAR DESERT STORM

As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve been on the Porsche rally trail lately. With articles and films on the East African Safari and the Baja Mexican 1000, I just can’t seem to get enough.

Here’s my latest story that focuses on Porsche’s Paris-Dakar (West African) campaigns.

The star car is a 1985 PD 959 piloted by Jacky Ickx and recently restored by Gunnar Racing. Thanks to everyone involved for their contributions. See the March issue of PCA’s national magazine Panorama for the 13-page feature with historic photographs:

PCA Panorama Article

March 18th, 2019

Posted in Photography Blog by Randy Wells

PORSCHE WINS THE 12 HOURS OF SEBRING

Porsche’s Vice President of Motorsport Fritz Enzinger reports:

“I’ve been in motorsport for a long time, but I’ve never experienced anything like this. Within 48 hours we won a 1,000-mile race and a twelve-hour race with our factory teams at one venue. That’s phenomenal. I was impressed by how focussed every single person worked. That’s what sets Porsche apart. And we mustn’t forget the successful performances from our customer teams. It was one of the best motor racing weekends I’ve ever experienced – just brilliant.”

(Photo Courtesy Porsche AG)

March 11th, 2019

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

HERE’S THE CAMERA I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR

Leica just announced their new Q2. Seems like a simple enough upgrade.

A better Q but no bigger, just like the one I currently own. Better connectivity, higher shutter speeds, a larger and higher resolution preview monitor.

Then you get to the kicker: It’s weatherproof. No more taping over the mic for fear of rain or dust.

THEN, instead of 24 MP you get 47 MP files at 28mm. Over 30 MP at 35mm. A usable 50mm file. Plus 4K video and 1920 HD up to 120 fps.

You had me at hello.

March 3rd, 2019

VINYL, LEICA, AND THE EARLY 911 – MY STORY

You’ve probably read enough analogies of sports cars, fine cameras, and luxury audio equipment in high-end lifestyle magazines to get the idea that journalists are passionate about these things in a big way. I’m not immune, and vinyl records, Leica rangefinders, and Porsche 911s have been a fascination of mine since 1964.

Thanks to fellow Porsche and Leica fan Randy Leffingwell for publishing this in RS Magazine:

Early 911, Film, and Vinyl Article

March 1st, 2019

Posted in Photography Blog, Travel Blog by Randy Wells

NEW FINE ART PRINTS

Here’s one of my recent aerial images. You can purchase limited edition signed fine art prints from the 2019 black & white series here:

WELLS IMAGERY

February 24th, 2019

ICARUS from HOTRODFILMS.COM on Vimeo.

ICARUS FILM WINS BEST OF THE YEAR MPG AWARD

It is was an honor to receive the national 2018 Best Feature Video of the Year award from the Motor Press Guild on Sunday night at The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

Thank you to Cameron Healy, Jeff Gamroth and Rothsport Racing for your faith in me, and to the MPG board for your vote of confidence. Special thanks to my editor John Jeffcoat and drone pilot Matthew Psyllos. More

February 24th, 2019

VINYL, LEICAS, AND THE EARLY 911

Coming soon…

I’ve been a record collector since I bought my first LP in 1964. Still have it. Leica film cameras and lenses followed in 1979. An early Porsche 911 was something I’ve wanted since I was 16. Had to wait until 1996 for that one. Now I have multiples of everything… Read about these passions in an upcoming on-line feature:

Early 911, Film, and Vinyl Article

February 16th, 2019

MPG AWARD FINALIST

Motor Press Guild has announced the 2018 award finalists for excellence in automotive journalism. The winner will be announced on the 24th at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. I’ll be there.

Thanks to the judges for choosing my film ICARUS as a finalist in the Feature Video category.

See more here

February 9th, 2019

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

ROCK PHOTOGRAPHER GUY WEBSTER

Hollywood photographer Guy Webster passed away today at 79. He created several iconic ’60s album covers, including The Doors, The Byrds, Simon and Garfunkel, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, and The Mamas and the Papas. RIP

February 6th, 2019

Posted in Photography Blog, Porsche Blog by Randy Wells

THE SHOT THAT IS NO LONGER

Yesterday, the new underground viaduct opened on Seattle’s waterfront. The old elevated Alaskan Way highway closed last month. It was the best spot to make a photograph with cars driving in front of the skyline. Fortunately, I made my shots before it was scheduled for removal.

PCA Panorama Magazine

February 1st, 2019

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

MORE FIM WORK AHEAD

With 2019 shaping up to be another great year, I’m putting together a new demo reel. Stay tuned.

The Art of the Opening Shot from Filmnørdens Hjørne on Vimeo.

January 25th, 2019

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

FIFTY WINTER GETAWAYS

Travel escape lists are published all the time. This one looks different. It appears to be very useful with attractive fares and specials.

I just returned from a personal getaway to Nevada and Arizona via Las Vegas. A perfect week-long winter digital detox! My Leica images from this road trip are now loaded on my Personal Work page.

50 Ways to Escape

January 21st, 2019

AUTOMOTIVE JOURNALISM – THE REAL TRUTH

Well, one person’s version of it anyway. Which probably isn’t too far off. It’s tough out there! More

January 17th, 2019

Posted in Photography Blog by Randy Wells

EMORY MOTORSPORTS

Rod and Gary Emory represent one of the best of modern day Porsche fabricators. Their 356 outlaws are legendary – with Gary’s original vision and Rod’s hands on artistry. I’ve known both of them for over 20 years and they are the real deal. They continue to contribute to the Porsche 356 hot rod community every day as they have for decades.

Look for an article from me on these two guys in the near future.