Archive for the Photography Blog category

May 10th, 2020

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

RETRO VINTAGE STILL LIFE

Now’s a great time to photograph still lifes indoors.

For this photo I chose a camera I purchased in 1979. It’s a 1958 Leica M3 and my first rangefinder. Before that I bought my first SLR, a Canon AE-1. Those cameras started me down the photographic path.

Yes, they were the days, not for workflow, but for the tactile experience of a manual camera and the smell of film.

May 5th, 2020

Posted in Photography Blog, Travel Blog by Randy Wells

THE FUJI G617 FILM CAMERA

This is one of only two medium format cameras that I’ve kept from the film days. The other is a Hasselblad 500C. They both remain relevant for making large prints. Wth the roll film tha’s still available today.

The Fuji G617 is a large yet lightweight photographic machine that produces amazing panoramic images captured at 6cm x 17cm in size. That’s plenty big to print huge murals if you want. All manual, no light meter. Make sure you get the special ND filter.

I used this camera quite a bit back in the ’90s shooting Fujichrome 120 and 220 slide film worldwide for stock. 220 is now discontinued, but you can still get a whopping 4 images out of a single roll of 120 film today.

Good review here.

(Camera photo: James Tocchio)

April 29th, 2020

Posted in Photography Blog by Randy Wells

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April 27th, 2020

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

PLAYING RECORDS IS A GREAT WAY TO DE-STRESS

With Record Store Day 2020 postponed due to the pandemic, now’s a good time to listen to some great sounding vinyl. It’s a sublime way to pass the time while at home.

Live albums can be especially beneficial in bringing back fond memories of concerts you may have attended. Or you can spin some female vocals or mellow jazz for a relaxing break from the computer. Vinyl remains my preferred way to listen to music for its ability to let me connect with the artist in an emotional way. More

April 23rd, 2020

CAYMAN GT4 RS AND CANON RS 5

Porsche’s latest announcement is a 718 Cayman GT4 RS reported to put out 500 hp.

Canon’s latest mirrorless camera is the RS 5. It’s for pros with 45 MP, IBIS, 8K video and 120 fps at 1080…

I’m guessing these will not disappoint. Wow!

(Photos: Courtesy Porsche AG and Canon)

April 21st, 2020

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

DIVINE INTERVENTION

An arguably appropriate (or inappropriate) song for these times.

Regardless, Mathew Sweet’s third album, Girlfriend has enough angst and killer riffs to please any young electric guitar freak.

Meanwhile, I’m praying for divine intervention.

(Cover photo: Late 1950s Tuesday Weld by Ken Galente)

April 20th, 2020

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

CABIN FEVER

Well, I ventured out the other day to fly my DJI drone. It lost connection with my controller, hit a tree, and fell 75 feet to the ground. Fortunately, the only things that broke were the four propellers, which are easily replaceable. Believe me, flying a drone is not for the faint of heart!

R.I.P. Art Dudley, my favorite audio/technical writer ever. And R.I.P. Peter Beard, the most famous pre-med student turned photographer ever. Party on dudes.

April 12th, 2020

STERLING MOSS R.I.P.

Happy Easter. It is with a sad heart that I report Sir Stirling Moss passed away this morning. Considered the greatest racing driver never to win the Formula 1 World Championship, he succumbed to a long-term illness at 90 years of age.

Sterling won just about everything else during his long career – including numerous F1 races, Le Mans, Sebring, Targa Florio, and the Mille Miglia. Amazingly, he won 212 of the 529 races he entered. Godspeed. More

April 9th, 2020

PHOTOGRAPHING SCALE MODEL CARS

Since we are spending another month (or two) at home because of the global health pandemic, now is the perfect time to photograph some scale model cars. Look for more on this subject soon!

April 3rd, 2020

Posted in Photography Blog by Randy Wells

STAY CREATIVE, AND FIND JOY WHERE YOU CAN

While in quarantine during the plague that was raging in London, Shakespeare wrote King Lear. Even with social isolation, it’s possible to be creative and stay joyful. If you like to write or photograph, now is the perfect time to start those projects you never had time for.

Be ready to create when inspiration strikes. I saw the image above the other afternoon right after it hailed during a thunderstorm. I call it “Covid Hail”. I made a different image indoors the very next morning. The important thing is to keep finding your joy! Rave on!

March 26th, 2020

CAR PHOTOGRAPHY & WRITING IN THE AGE OF COVID

First of all, my heart goes out to all of those who have been impacted by this crisis.

Fortunately, working from home, my writing routine has changed very little. For my photos, I’m working on projects that have been idle for awhile.

Once the “stay at home” order is lifted, I can resume my car photography. All I need is one person to drive the assigned car into position in front of an appropriate background. I can shoot the whole take with a normal and telephoto lens, keeping ten feet from the car and driver at all times. Of course, that doesn’t help the millions of people who are not so fortunate. More

March 19th, 2020

Posted in Photography Blog, Travel Blog, Uncategorized by Randy Wells

SOCIAL DISTANCING

Long-time travelers will recognize this photo as a late ’80s Alaska Airlines commercial coach seat.

During all my miles as a travel photographer, I only saw this view once. Red sunset and red hair.

The last thing I ever wanted to see is what we are all going through now.

I’m glad I was able to see the world in the 80s and 90s, but I would love to revisit Italy again.

Be well and safe journeys.

March 15th, 2020

THE CONVENIENCE OF TRUTH

A good friend of mine, whom I admire greatly, reminded me of the convenience of truth. It’s a lot easier than embellishing or outright lying. You will never have to remember what you said, because the story you told never has to be changed or corrected. Telling one story that is true is the goal of every professional journalist with integrity. It sure makes my life easier.

March 11th, 2020

FOR YOUR IRISH EYES

Classic relief. A 1960s Irish Green Porsche 356 Carrera 2 Cabriolet ready for St. Patrick’s Day!

February 22nd, 2020

MPG FINALIST FOR BEST AUTOMOTIVE PHOTO IN 2019

Thanks to the Motor Press Guild for selecting my image as a finalist in the annual Bob D’Olivo Award for “Best Photography”.

This unmanipulated aerial capture appeared as an opening spread in the December 2019 issue of PCA’s Panorama Magazine.

PCA Panorama Magazine

February 20th, 2020

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

SELFIES

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 became widely discovered. More