Archive for the Photography Blog category

February 20th, 2020

Posted in Photography Blog, Travel Blog by Randy Wells


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 20th, 2020

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February 14th, 2020

Posted in Photography Blog, Travel Blog by Randy Wells


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


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


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


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!

January 27th, 2020


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 19th, 2020

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


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 10th, 2020


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


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


January 1st, 2020


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)

December 25th, 2019

Posted in Photography Blog, Travel Blog by Randy Wells


Followers of my blog know that at the end of each year I post a series of three personal images from a non-assignment single location.

In 2019, I took on more commercial photography along with some larger automotive editorial projects. That meant my personal work was even more important to provide some balance.

So, I made a solo sojourn to Nevada last winter. That road trip resulted in a series of aerial abstracts. Here are three of them.

I hope your holidays are blessed!

December 18th, 2019


Thanks to PCA Panorama Magazine for publishing my feature in their December issue. It tells the story of a one-year-old 1971 Porsche 911S that was left for dead in a ditch by the side of Canada’s Alcan highway where it intersects the Yukon River.

With the use of my drone in Washington state, I was able to portray the feeling the second owners have for this car and its journey. The opening spread shows the restored car crossing a bridge over a river, with the article’s title, “At the Crossroads”.

PCA Panorama Magazine

December 11th, 2019

Posted in Photography Blog, Uncategorized by Randy Wells

(Photo: Evgenia Arbugaeva)

Behind the photo shoot

December 1st, 2019


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November 26th, 2019


Sometimes you get lucky.

An article gets magically downloaded to your left brain and everybody loves it. A photograph appears that is mesmerizing to your right brain, and you capture it with one of your cameras.

Humbleness is necessary when this happens. It’s a gift. Pure and simple. All you can do is give thanks and hope that it’s not the only one.

Happy Thanksgiving!