2015 is sure to be an interesting year. The Porsche community has a lot to look forward to with Rennsport Reunion V scheduled for the fall in Monterey. Held every four years, it is a must see event for any car enthusiast. I will be producing a documentary film on Roger Grago to debut there, and I’ll be revisiting Speed Week at the Bonneville Salt Flats for a future book. Also, there are some amazing editorial stories to come as well – Pre-A 356s, early 911 racing cars, an iconic 914-6, and many others.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Celtic New Year is November 1st, but it seems to fit…
I’d rather live in the moment, but sometimes it’s good to look back and consider life’s challenges. 2014 was one of those years for myself and many others. Becoming comfortable with being uncomfortable can be difficult. But, I’ve found it to be necessary for personal growth. By operating outside of your box, you can find your true strength and become uniquely creative. Basing your life’s purpose on what you really believe in is key. That will always work, because it’s founded on your authentic self.
LAYLA AND DUANE ALLMAN
A certifiable all-time classic, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs is a blues-rock album by the pseudo-group “Derek and the Dominos”. It is best known for its eponymous title track, “Layla,” inspired by Eric Clapton’s infatuation with Patti Boyd (then George Harrison’s wife). It seems the perfect winter listen for the end of this year. Continue reading “”
To all my friends, it’s been an amazing year. Have a happy holiday! And thanks for following my blog!
ROGER GRAGO: 1953-2014
A dear friend of mine passed away this morning. My heartfelt condolences go to all his family and the entire early VW and 911 Porsche community for his loss. R.I.P.
WHERE TO GO IN EUROPE THIS WINTER
Forget London and Paris, too cold. Same for the rest of northern Europe.
Here are a couple of getaway spots to view art in relative warmth. In Barcelona check out the Picasso and Miro museums. In Italy, well, you are spoilt for choice in art: Venice, Florence, or Rome. Finally, head to the islands off Naples, such as Procida pictured here, and be inspired for some R&R and photography.
HOW TO TELL IF SOMEONE IS SELF ABSORBED
A common condition in today’s busy world, here’s a test:
Are You Self Absorbed?
Every once in a while I read a blog post site that makes me think. Here’s one from Blake Andrews :
Blake Andrews Blogspot
I BROKE ALL THE RULES
“NEVER shoot a car on a parking lot with stripes.”
“NEVER shoot a car in hard light.”
“NEVER shoot a car with just a rangefinder camera.”
Yup, I broke all the rules and still got published. Excellence Magazine #225 will arrive this month featuring a story I wrote and photographed on a DIY Porsche 912 project. Jason Thrupp is the owner, a New Zealander who relocated to Santa Barbara – two of my favorite destinations.
He completed this 1966 Irish Green coupe restoration himself over the last two years, including motor and suspension. The result is a wonderful sports car that drives like new. Good on ya mate!
IS THIS THE BEST 35MM DSLR COMBO OF 2014?
Based on Nikon’s D810 groundbreaking 36MP sensor and Zeiss’ Otus lens quality, I’d say yes. In terms of image quality, there is no equal. Although they do not offer AF, the recently released Zeiss 55 f1.4 and 84 f1.4 Apo lenses are already legendary, and more Otus lenses are sure to follow. If Canon doesn’t get their own 4K sensor (or a Sony sensor) into their FF Pro still cameras soon (they’re a year behind), I suspect they will lose market share with the more meticulous 35mm studio and landscape shooters out there. Yes, digital can be that much better…
Update 12/17/14: Canon says they will release a new DSLR next year. The 5DIII will be 3 years old in March 2015.
R.I.P. Ian McLagan and Bobby Keyes
Two of the best sidemen for Faces and The Rolling Stones passed away in the last two days. Bobby Keyes, saxophonist, was 70 and Ian McLagan, keyboardist, was 69. Continue reading “”
PERSONAL WORK – 2014
Each December/January I post a personal work series – what I consider my best three images from a non-assignment single location during the year. It is an entirely subjective process, unlike my edited commercial work. Last year I posted three low key photos captured within a few days in Cabo San Lucas.
This year’s high key images were all shot with a Canon 50mm lens during two days in September on the Bonneville Salt Flats.
EMORY LEGACY: THE ORIGINAL OUTLAWS
Normally I’m not a huge fan of eight minute car culture clips, but in this case it’s not just cuts and fluff.
This one features my favorite four generational hot rodding family: Neil, Gary, Rod and Zayne Emory. Enjoy!
MORE JULIE KOMAROW OUTTAKES
I love this new automotive photojournalism, where we explore the person behind the car. Bringing the owner’s personality to light in photographs and words is very rewarding to me. Here are a couple of shots from Julie’s farm made at the end of the day with a Leica rangefinder and 35mm lens.
JULIE KOMAROW DRIVES IT HER WAY
Panorama Magazine #692, with Ada Lee Halofsky writing, just featured an article on a PCA member who survived breast cancer with her 430,000 mile ’84 Porsche Carrera and farm filled with cats, chickens, goats, llamas, and dog Ben. Julie’s tenacity and will to live is infectious, and I am honored to be a small part of her wonderful story. This is perhaps the best published editorial piece I’ve been associated with. Thanks to everyone for their heartfelt contributions.
FAMOUS CINEMATOGRAPHERS TALK LENSES
There is much to learn from these masters.
Another Roger Deakins interview
Shane Halburt interview