Archive for 2012

December 23rd, 2012

Posted in Photography Blog, Travel Blog by Randy Wells

MAKING IT AS A TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER

Here’s an excerpt from our interview that appears in the latest Shutterbug Magazine. Thanks to Maria Piscopo and Shutterbug for including us in their latest “Business Trends” section.

“Never before has it been as easy for someone to produce a usable travel photograph. And never before have as many travel images been posted to the Internet. Unfortunately, many of these posted images are deemed of ‘good enough’ quality, are free to download, and are not credited to authorship. More

December 20th, 2012

Posted in Photography Blog, Travel Blog by Randy Wells

KIDS AND THE WEB

Something that’s come out of Japan lately is a bevy of very sophisticated yet inexpensive compact pocket cameras that are fully automatic and offer the creative performance of a pro digital SLR in the convenient size of a point-and-shoot. Great for kids!

Above is a pic from a recent travel made with a Canon Powershot ELPH 110. Much higher quality than any smart phone, and best of all.. No Instagram!

I recently came across a cool website that introduces the culture of Japan to schoolchildren from other countries. Available on Kids Web Japan are games to play, places to explore, and new things to try.

Kids Web Japan article on compact cameras

December 17th, 2012

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells

MUSIC CAN HEAL

After the events of this past week, I’ve done what most people do. I’ve tried to make sense of it.

Not finding an answer, I have turned to music to heal my emotions.

I’ve been playing two albums in particular in the hopes of arriving at some state of reconciliation: John Martyn’s Bless the Weather and Cat Stevens’s Teaser and the Firecat. Hope this helps.

December 16th, 2012

Posted in Uncategorized by Randy Wells

(Photograph: Steve Craft / Masterfile)

December 12th, 2012

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells

HAPPY HOLIDAY WISHES

Thanks to all of you who have supported me this past year. I would make a list but I’m sure I would forget someone, and it would probably seem too long anyway.

Suffice it to say, I wouldn’t be inspired to be where I am today without you. Have a wonderful holiday!

(Illustration courtesy of lpcoverlover.com)

December 8th, 2012

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

DAVID DOUGLAS DUNCAN LEICA MP (M3D-2) GOES FOR 1.2 MILLION

There’s only one David Douglas Duncan, and only four M3D-2 cameras were made by Leica. This record auction price is believed to be highest ever paid for a production model camera (shades of Steve McQueen’s Porsche 911S sold in August last year).

Three Leica MP cameras owned by Magnum photographer Paul Fusco also sold for €858,000. The first Leica owned by Robert Capa was sold for €78,000 at the same Vienna auction. Thanks to my sister Sharon for the link. More

December 3rd, 2012

Posted in Photography Blog, Porsche Blog by Randy Wells

2013 WERK CREW CALENDAR NOW AVAILABLE

My blog buddy has done it again.

Check out the early Porsche 911 culture as foto-graphed and designed by Bob Tilton in this cool 2013 calendar. Order now as these are sure to sell out!

Werk Crew Calendar

December 2nd, 2012

Posted in Photography Blog by Randy Wells

WHAT DO YOU WANT?

Let’s be honest. Life can be a bed of roses, but often it’s not. Was Buddha right when he said life is suffering (dukkha)?

We can rationalize all we want, but eventually we must all face who we are. Pain and suffering are usually what makes this happen. More

November 29th, 2012

Posted in Photography Blog by Randy Wells

NEW EXHIBIT UP AT GEM SALON

Several of my prints will be on exhibit starting next week at Carillon Point’s GEM Salon in Kirkland, WA.

This show will be a mix of wildlife, nature and travel photography, as well as my latest automotive fine art.

Please stop by the salon in the next four months to see this exhibit. Some of the best stylists in the Pacific Northwest are there to assist you.

GEM Salon

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November 22nd, 2012

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

GIVING THANKS – R GRUPPE STYLE

When it comes to pilgrims (in the John Wayne sense), they don’t come much more down to earth than the passionate members of that early Porsche 911 hot rod club named R Gruppe.

The club’s foundations trace back to 1998 when Freeman Thomas of So Cal (modified Tangerine 1969 911E) called Cris Huergas of Nor Cal (modified Light Ivory 1969 911S). Huergas’ 911 had just been published in Excellence Magazine (#76 April ’98), and Thomas was inspired to contact him. More

November 21st, 2012

Posted in Photography Blog by Randy Wells

NEW CANON WALK AROUND LENS ANNOUNCED

Canon recently announced a 24-70 f4 EF-L IS lens available next month. Will this replace my sharp but distortion prone 24-105 f4 EF-L IS lens? I’m not a big fan of the 24-70 f2.8 L lens, even in its improved version II, because of its larger overall size, larger filter size, and lack of image stabilization. More

November 18th, 2012

AUTOMOTIVE FINE ART PRINTS

Last week a new gallery went up on my main photo website Images of America. This gallery features my newly developed automotive fine art. Forty images are up and fifty more are being created for specific markets. It’s been a four month journey crafting a post-processing technique that has lent an expressionist painterly quality to my images, prints and murals. More

November 15th, 2012

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog, Video / Film Blog by Randy Wells

DR. NO TURNS 50

Released in the Fall of 1962, an action thriller called Dr. No was unleashed on an unsuspecting public. The film starred a suave British secret agent with codename 007 and a license to kill: “Bond, James Bond.” Moviegoers were also introduced to the Ian Fleming book characters “M”, “Q” and “Miss Moneypenny”.

The debut Bond movie featured the iconic Sean Connery, as well as one of the agent’s top villains, the overachieving “Dr. No”, a brilliant power hungry madman. Of course, both were upstaged by bikini clad Ursula Andress as “Honey Ryder”. More

November 13th, 2012

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells

NEW BEATLES VINYL FROM EMI

I came across a copy of this LP just released today at my local record store: The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – in stereo.

I know what you’re thinking… “Wasn’t this famous record released in 1967? And, Randy, don’t you have the original UK, US, German, and Japanese pressings from that year, plus a bunch more?” Well, yes actually it was, and yes actually I do. More

November 12th, 2012


GOPRO HERO3

Billed as “the world’s most versatile camera”, GoPro’s new HERO3 Black Edition is at the top of many photographer/videographer’s Holiday shopping lists. I’m getting one for Christmas!

According to GoPro, the HERO3 Black Edition captures professional cinema-quality video at 2X the resolution, frame-rate and low light performance of previous models. It’s also 25% lighter and 30% smaller. Photos and video are reportedly improved 3X overall. More

November 11th, 2012

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog, Video / Film Blog by Randy Wells

TUNES

One of the best things about hosting a music listening session with my audiophile friends (besides seeing them again) is being introduced to new music that is perfect for where you are right now. Yesterday was one of those occasions. My bud and fellow photographer, Bruce Dugdale, brought over Peter Gabriel’s 2010 release Scratch My Back. More