Archive for 2017

May 18th, 2017

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

THROWBACK THURSDAY

Here’s a look at an M9-P from 2013, my first digital Leica rangefinder. The black paint is now brassed after 100,000 exposures, but it’s still my favorite for personal work, fine art, and vacations!

May 18th, 2017

Randy Wells | Automotive Photojournalist | Writer | Director of Photography

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May 13th, 2017

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

ERIC LINDEN (A.K.A. THE TRENDSETTER}

I’m at R Gruppe Treffen 2017 in Napa. And the timing couldn’t be better. My friend Eric Linden of Auto Foreign Services and his 1967 Porsche 911S have been setting R Gruppe trends for 20 years.

The story of the man and his first sports purposes early 911 will appear in Excellence Magazine this month.

You can check out Eric’s exact replicas of those hard to find early 911 parts here.

May 10th, 2017

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells

WHY DID AIMEE’S RECORD NOT SUCCEED?

Whatever was the first solo record from Aimme Mann. It was released in 1993 to little fanfare, although it is arguably one of that year’s best albums.

Fortunately, Aimee Mann’s hard core fans have stayed with her, and her talent was rewarded in 2002 with Lost in Space. That one reached 35 on the US Billboard 200. Be sure and check out her latest record Mental Illness too.

(Cover photo: Anton Corbijn)

May 6th, 2017

Posted in Photography Blog by Randy Wells

LUFTGEKUHLT 4

Tomorrow is the single biggest air-cooled Porsche meet in Southern California. Luftgekühlt™ is the brainchild of Porsche factory racer Patrick Long and creative director Howie Idelson. They expect over 500 vintage Porsches to attend rain or shine.

Represented will be all the air-cooled cars in the manufacturer’s history, from the Pre-A 356 through the 993 model line, which ended in 1998. Paul Kramer of AutoKennel will be driving my 1972 Porsche 911 T/ST to display there. Stop by and say hi!

More info here.

May 4th, 2017

DRIVE TOWARD A CURE

This past weekend I had the privilege of attending the inaugural Drive Toward a Cure Road Rally, which benefits Parkinson’s research. Kudos to Deb Pollack and Mark Davidson for organizing this successful and heartfelt California adventure.

My wife and I followed a Porsche 356B Super 90 from the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles to the Mullin Museum in Oxnard to the Allegretto Vineyard Resort in Paso Robles. There we joined in a banquet and staged rally to raise money for a very worthy cause.

Learn more at Drive Toward a Cure.

May 1st, 2017

Posted in Photography Blog, Travel Blog by Randy Wells

THE STORY BEHIND THE SHOT

May is a long way from December. But, by popular demand, here’s this month’s story behind the shot.

In 2014 I was assigned to photograph an all original, low mileage 1958 Meissen Blue Porsche Speedster. I was in Seattle. It was in Montana. All I needed to do was be there in one week – on Christmas day. More

April 29th, 2017

TEAM ROTHSPORT PORSCHE 964 TROPHIES AT MEXICAN 1000 RALLY

Congrats to Jeff Zwart, Cameron Healy, Jeff Gamroth, and Carl Van Austen for finishing 3rd and 4th in the Vintage class of the 2017 NORRA Mexican 1000 race in Baja. These were the first Porsche 911s to finish this toughest of rallies during the event’s 50 year history!

It was an honor to be chosen as the official team photographer and videographer for the seven day trip. And what a trip it was! Look for an article and video to follow soon…

April 24th, 2017

Posted in Photography Blog, Porsche Blog by Randy Wells

GT WINNER IN PCA PANORAMA

Kudos to the folks at Panorama Magazine for publishing a feature of mine in their April issue. It’s an R Gruppe award-winning 1973 Porsche 911 hot rod in Signal Yellow that Steve Baker built over 11 years. The result is a stunning car and a fun read!

PCA Panorama Magazine

April 20th, 2017

Posted in Photography Blog by Randy Wells

THROWBACK THURSDAY

Lately I’ve been on a gear purge, which means digging up old equipment that hasn’t been used in awhile. Here’s a blast from the past. My first professional Canon camera, a 1977 F-1. This workhorse put Canon on the map and was made from 1971 to 1981. Think I’ll hold onto this one…

April 18th, 2017

Posted in Photography Blog, Porsche Blog by Randy Wells

RENEE CRIST’S 356 IN ROAD SCHOLARS

Congrats to Renée Crist, curator at the Tacoma LeMay Museum, for being featured with her 1964 Porsche 356 in this month’s Road Scholars Magazine! A very deserving look at an important member of the PNW automotive community.

Road Scholars Magazine

April 10th, 2017

Posted in Photography Blog, Porsche Blog by Randy Wells

ANOTHER COVER

Simplify simplify, simplify. It’s easy to overlook how powerful a detail can be when composing a photograph. Thanks to the crew at PCA Pacific Northwest Region’s Spiel Magazine for choosing my image for this month’s cover.

April 7th, 2017

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

“Ive been there and back, just to see how far it was…”

One of my favorite songs from 1971, and my favorite Ronnie Lane tune with Rod Stewart, Ron Wood, and Faces. It just gets better with age. More

April 4th, 2017

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells

DOG EAT DOG

Dog Eat Dog was Joni Mitchell’s twelfth album. Foreshadowing ongoing global challenges, it was released in 1985. Lyrically, the album deals with artifice, brutality, and innocence. Yup, that’s her car that got hit on Mulholland Drive on the back cover. The LP sounds better than the CD. Deja Vu.

(Cover Painting: Joni Mitchell)

April 1st, 2017

Posted in Photography Blog, Porsche Blog by Randy Wells

THE STORY BEHIND THE SHOT

For April Fools Day I have just the photo for you!

Did I really arrange all those fall leaves and climb a tree to capture this view? More

March 28th, 2017

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

A ROOM WITH A VIEW

There are some scenes I come across that are inherently perfect. The colors, the lines, the balance, everything works together – like a painting. You just point and shoot. The result is a travel souvenir that continues to reward after repeated viewing.

Leica M9-P with 50mm Summicron