Archive for 2010

December 31st, 2010

Posted in Photography Blog by Randy Wells

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

To celebrate the arrival of 2011, I’m offering 20% off any photo purchases for the next week.

Check out the images available at our brand new travel, nature, lifestyle and automotive photography e-commerce website: images-of-america.com. Prints, puzzles, mugs, mousepads, and more!

To use the 20% discount through January 10th, just type the promo code NEWYEARS11 in the coupon box before you checkout.

Thanks, and have a great one!

December 28th, 2010

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells

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PACIFIC OCEAN BLUE

Dennis Wilson, The Beach Boys drummer, produced his one and only solo album 33 years ago. This record resonated with gravelly melancholic vocals and soulful music of lost love and a hopeful future. As might be expected, the depth of emotion contained within the grooves won over a cult following. More

December 24th, 2010

Posted in Photography Blog, Porsche Blog by Randy Wells

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MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Thanks to everyone who visited my site this year.
It’s been fun, and I hope you enjoyed it as well.
Have a good one!

(Photographer of Porsche 906 unknown)

December 17th, 2010

Posted in Photography Blog by Randy Wells

CUSTOM DIGITAL

I’ve wanted to give a shout out to my photographic printer for a long time. This holiday season seems to be the perfect time to do it.

Tyler Boley of Custom Digital in Seattle has earned a reputation as one of the best printers of photographic fine art in the Pacific Northwest. Tyler provides the highest quality drum scanning, ultrachrome, color and black & white ink carbon pigment digital printing. He uses the latest printers with an advanced RIP giving extremely precise control over how the inks go to paper. His prints have an “aliveness” that is truly amazing. More

December 11th, 2010

ANATOMY OF A PORSCHE 911 VIDEO

Check out Jeff Zwart’s new footage of a shakedown run he made preparing for this year’s record setting Pike’s Peak hillclimb. Unlike some Porsche videos, this one has a plot. It’s also engaging enough that it doesn’t need music – unless you count the sound of a flat six at full song. Similarly, it doesn’t feel the need to use words like “the best ever.” I particularly like how creatively simple this video appears. It’s not overproduced or embellished with anything that would detract from the message of how fundamentally good the 911 Cup Car platform is.

See my July 26th, 2010 blog for more on Jeff’s win. Enjoy.

7/26/10 blog post

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December 8th, 2010

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells

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JOHN LENNON

It was 30 years ago today that John Lennon was senselessly murdered. He was 40 years old.

Many people remember where they were when they first heard the news. Like when JFK was shot in 1963, or when the second plane hit the World Trade Center building. These attacks to all common decency changed history forever and stand out in our minds.

Coincidentally, it was 50 years ago that John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Pete Best first met with Brian Epstein. Epstein wanted 25% of their gross fees each week to manage them. He promised that they would never again play for less than £15, except for Cavern lunchtime sessions. Lennon, as leader of The Beatles, accepted on their behalf. More

December 5th, 2010

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

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CABO

Just returned from a photo shoot/vacation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico with my wife and a Leica rangefinder. What a great place to relax and escape the cold of winter. Situated on the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, it’s within easy reach of the Western US and accessible via most major airlines. Sandy beaches, low humidity and sunny skies virtually all year round means this is a dependable Mexican destination. If you are into sport fishing, golf or scuba diving – it’s a best bet tropical location. Or you could just tan, swim and lay by the pool, indulging in the numerous restaurants and spas. Bon voyage.

November 25th, 2010

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells

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WHEN BLACK FRIDAY COMES

Tomorrow, your local indie record store may just be the place to hang out. That’s because independent music stores across the country will be providing some very exclusive audio for sale on “Black Friday.” Some of these items are limited and are sure to sell out quickly. George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass has reportedly been re-mastered from the original analog tapes and will be available in a numbered limited edition 3 LP collection commemorating the album’s 40th Anniversary. It’s also available as a high-res download and is sure to sound better than the last digital mastering. More

November 23rd, 2010

Posted in Photography Blog, Porsche Blog by Randy Wells

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WERK
CREW

Recently I was asked to contribute a chapter to a limited edition “art-house” book celebrating early Porsche air-cooled culture. It will be independently published without compromises and is to be titled WERK CREW : DEPARTURE.

The author/editor/designer/publisher is one Bob Tilton, a very gifted artist who has spent the last year preparing materials from a bevy of talented writers, photographers, and craftsmen. Bob notes, “They share one thing in common: they are all early Porsche owners and true enthusiasts.” As Thanksgiving approaches, I extend my profound thanks to Bob for devoting so much time and thought to this very personal project. It’s going to be a killer book, and his blog site reflects the care Bob brings to everything he does:

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(Photographer: Bob Tilton)

November 17th, 2010

Posted in Photography Blog by Randy Wells

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THE POETIC ELEMENT IN PHOTOGRAPHY

Photography is much more than aiming a camera and pushing a button. It’s more than thoughtful composition or lighting a subject. Truly being in the moment of any artistic endeavor requires a commitment to yourself and your vision – not simply focusing on some wishfull payoff down the line.

Here are just a few ways to nurture the poetic element in your photography. The first thing I’ve found useful is to slow down and play in the moment. This means loving what you do. If waking up early to get the right light or having to stay up late editing your work becomes a job rather than a passion, then it will be hard to be effective in practicing your craft. You must feel driven to do it, because if you shoot or edit without enthusiasm it will show. The key here is to continue to do what you want, and be open to change. More

November 14th, 2010

Posted in Travel Blog by Randy Wells

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THE PROBLEM WE ALL LIVE WITH

In 1960 racial tension was building in the South as desegregation of the school systems was being hotly contested in places like New Orleans. There, a very young African American student named Ruby Bridges was heckled daily for being the first to cross the line between black and white schools. 50 years ago today she made those first brave steps protected by a team of federal marshals. John Steinbeck was present and documented the scene in his travelogue, Travels with Charley in Search of America. Just a handful of white parents decided to keep their children in the same school early on, but the number of supporters grew and and the protests slowly began to fade. More

November 10th, 2010

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells

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ELVIS

55 years ago on this day, Elvis Presley attended the fourth Country Music Disc Jockey Convention in Nashville, Tennessee where he was voted the year’s most promising male artist. Back at his hotel, Mae Boren Axton played him a demo of a new song she had written with Tommy Durden called “Heartbreak Hotel.” Two months later, Presley made his first recordings for RCA choosing this moody song. It was quickly released as a single, bringing Elvis national recognition, his first Billboard #1 hit, and his first gold record. More

November 8th, 2010

50 YEARS AFTER JFK WAS ELECTED & POWER ON OVERSTEER IN A PORSCHE 911

Chris Harris in a Carrera Cup Car qualifying in the wet at Hockenheim, Germany last month:

See my February 17th, 2010 blog for more on 911 driving dynamics. Enjoy.

2/17/10 blog post

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October 31st, 2010

Posted in Travel Blog by Randy Wells

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN

Fall is a great time to photograph kids in costume, pumpkins, and scarecrows, as well as catch the last of the colored leaves. Fog and decay can be be fascinating things to witness in nature, and late October/early November can be the best time to make pictures of these transitory phenomena. More

October 29th, 2010

THE MAKING OF A PORSCHE COMMERCIAL

This commercial TV spot directed by Jeff Zwart is fascinating and inspiring to me. There are some very ingenious techniques used, including post-production where all the concrete was turned to sand with dust blowing off the backs and sides of the cars. Here’s the final result:

October 21st, 2010

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells

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JOHN COLTRANE : MY FAVORITE THINGS

Today is the 50th anniversary of the recording of John Coltrane’s famous jazz rendition of “My Favorite Things” on the album of the same name. It was the first session by Coltrane on the Atlantic Records label. This album clearly marks the epic saxophone player’s change from bebop to modal jazz (with hints of free jazz to come), following his contribution to Miles Davis’ landmark album Kind of Blue. More