April 21st, 2019

Posted in Photography Blog, Porsche Blog by Randy Wells

HAPPY EASTER / PASSOVER

No matter the season, I’m always looking for great Porsches and their owners to do stories on. Last summer at the Porsche Parade in Missouri, I spotted an amazing looking off-white 997.2 Targa. Standing next to the C4 was its owner, an African American man. That’s not something you see every day at a Porsche gathering. More

April 17th, 2019

Posted in Photography Blog, Porsche Blog by Randy Wells

BUMPER CAR – THE 1974 911

Here’s the latest from Porsche Club of America’s national magazine: a feature using my photographs of a bright green 1974 911.

PCA editor Rob Sass tells the story of an era when car manufacturers needed to comply with new impact bumper laws. Porsche’s solution was one of the most elegant, and these automobiles still look great today. The lead image was shot from my drone.

April issue of Panorama Magazine

April 15th, 2019

LUFT 6

Amazingly, my 1972 Porsche 911 has been chosen to be included in the storyline display at the annual Luftgekühlt event in May. This year it’s being held at the famous backlot of Universal Studios. It still hasn’t sunk in how really lucky I am to be included. More

April 10th, 2019

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

TRAGEDY

My deepest symapathies to all those affected by the North Carolina explosion today. My thoughts are with the families of the injured and killed, the city of Durham, and my friends at the Ingram Collection and Road Scholars.

Read Cam Ingram’s reflections here.

April 5th, 2019

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

OWN IT

When I think of my life and the decisions I’ve made, a lot of it has come down to personal responsibility, doing the best I can in all circumstances and being true to myself.

Living in the moment and following your intuition helps. It keeps you aligned with your real potential by not dwelling on the past or what others might think. More

April 1st, 2019

Posted in Photography Blog, Travel Blog by Randy Wells

STAGED TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY

Personally, I’ve avoided staged travel photography. It doesn’t usually make for great images.

There was a time when I was a full-time commercial stock travel photographer – during the ’90s. I would often need model releases, but I would always ask for them after I made my informal photographs. More

March 27th, 2019

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells

PLASTIC ONO BAND

By March 20 1969, when John Lennon and Yoko Ono married, he had already started leaving The Beatles. It would be a traumatic separation. Despite initial critical response, the music Lennon would make has stood the test of time – Abbey Road was still to come.

March 24th, 2019

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

UTAH VOTES $5 MILLION TO RESTORE BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS

Just in from SaveTheSalt.org:

“This marks the first public dollars appropriated to restore the depleted salt surface since the land speed racing community began its quest more than 30 year ago,” said Save the Salt Foundation Vice Chairman Tom Burkland. “This is a job well done. Land speed racers the world over say, ‘Thank You Utah!’”

Save the Salt aticle

More Bonnevile blogs

March 20th, 2019

PARIS-DAKAR DESERT STORM

As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve been on the Porsche rally trail lately. With articles and films on the East African Safari and the Baja Mexican 1000, I just can’t seem to get enough.

Here’s my latest story that focuses on Porsche’s Paris-Dakar (West African) campaigns.

The star car is a 1985 PD 959 piloted by Jacky Ickx and recently restored by Gunnar Racing. Thanks to everyone involved for their contributions. See the March issue of PCA’s national magazine Panorama for the 13-page feature with historic photographs:

PCA Panorama Article

March 18th, 2019

Posted in Photography Blog by Randy Wells

PORSCHE WINS THE 12 HOURS OF SEBRING

Porsche’s Vice President of Motorsport Fritz Enzinger reports:

“I’ve been in motorsport for a long time, but I’ve never experienced anything like this. Within 48 hours we won a 1,000-mile race and a twelve-hour race with our factory teams at one venue. That’s phenomenal. I was impressed by how focussed every single person worked. That’s what sets Porsche apart. And we mustn’t forget the successful performances from our customer teams. It was one of the best motor racing weekends I’ve ever experienced – just brilliant.”

(Photo Courtesy Porsche AG)

March 11th, 2019

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

HERE’S THE CAMERA I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR

Leica just announced their new Q2. Seems like a simple enough upgrade.

A better Q but no bigger, just like the one I currently own. Better connectivity, higher shutter speeds, a larger and higher resolution preview monitor.

Then you get to the kicker: It’s weatherproof. No more taping over the mic for fear of rain or dust.

THEN, instead of 24 MP you get 47 MP files at 28mm. Over 30 MP at 35mm. A usable 50mm file. Plus 4K video and 1920 HD up to 120 fps.

You had me at hello.

March 3rd, 2019

VINYL, LEICA, AND THE EARLY 911 – MY STORY

You’ve probably read enough analogies of sports cars, fine cameras, and luxury audio equipment in high-end lifestyle magazines to get the idea that journalists are passionate about these things in a big way. I’m not immune, and vinyl records, Leica rangefinders, and Porsche 911s have been a fascination of mine since 1964.

Thanks to fellow Porsche and Leica fan Randy Leffingwell for publishing this in RS Magazine:

Early 911, Film, and Vinyl Article

March 1st, 2019

Posted in Photography Blog, Travel Blog by Randy Wells

NEW FINE ART PRINTS

Here’s one of my recent aerial images. You can purchase limited edition signed fine art prints from the 2019 black & white series here:

WELLS IMAGERY

February 24th, 2019

ICARUS from HOTRODFILMS.COM on Vimeo.

ICARUS FILM WINS BEST OF THE YEAR MPG AWARD

It is was an honor to receive the national 2018 Best Feature Video of the Year award from the Motor Press Guild on Sunday night at The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

Thank you to Cameron Healy, Jeff Gamroth and Rothsport Racing for your faith in me, and to the MPG board for your vote of confidence. Special thanks to my editor John Jeffcoat and drone pilot Matthew Psyllos. More

February 24th, 2019

VINYL, LEICAS, AND THE EARLY 911

Coming soon…

I’ve been a record collector since I bought my first LP in 1964. Still have it. Leica film cameras and lenses followed in 1979. An early Porsche 911 was something I’ve wanted since I was 16. Had to wait until 1996 for that one. Now I have multiples of everything… Read about these passions in an upcoming on-line feature:

Early 911, Film, and Vinyl Article

February 16th, 2019

MPG AWARD FINALIST

Motor Press Guild has announced the 2018 award finalists for excellence in automotive journalism. The winner will be announced on the 24th at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. I’ll be there.

Thanks to the judges for choosing my film ICARUS as a finalist in the Feature Video category.

See more here