May 15th, 2020

CAN A CAR HAVE A SOUL?

According to one Porsche owner it can.

Read all about it in this month’s issue of Porsche Club of America’s national magazine Panorama.

Special thanks to the Pano team: publisher Vu Nguyen, editor-in-chief Rob Sass, photo editor/designer Richard Baron, and text and layout editors Amy Skogstrom, Allen Lane and Emma Smith. Also, thanks to Linda Goodman, Damon Lowney and all the proofreaders.

PCA Panorama Magazine

May 13th, 2020

I WANT TO DRIVE

When road trips roll around again, and they will with a vengeance I’m predicting, you will want go where the crowds are not. That means your vehicle will need to be ready to camp anywhere.

Here’s what I will be carrying with my wife in a Porsche SUV after CARonavirus: More

May 10th, 2020

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

RETRO VINTAGE STILL LIFE

Now’s a great time to photograph still lifes indoors.

For this photo I chose a camera I purchased in 1979. It’s a 1958 Leica M3 and my first rangefinder. Before that I bought my first SLR, a Canon AE-1. Those cameras started me down the photographic path.

Yes, they were the days, not for workflow, but for the tactile experience of a manual camera and the smell of film.

May 5th, 2020

Posted in Photography Blog, Travel Blog by Randy Wells

THE FUJI G617 FILM CAMERA

This is one of only two medium format cameras that I’ve kept from the film days. The other is a Hasselblad 500C. They both remain relevant for making large prints. Wth the roll film tha’s still available today.

The Fuji G617 is a large yet lightweight photographic machine that produces amazing panoramic images captured at 6cm x 17cm in size. That’s plenty big to print huge murals if you want. All manual, no light meter. Make sure you get the special ND filter.

I used this camera quite a bit back in the ’90s shooting Fujichrome 120 and 220 slide film worldwide for stock. 220 is now discontinued, but you can still get a whopping 4 images out of a single roll of 120 film today.

Good review here.

(Camera photo: James Tocchio)

May 1st, 2020

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells

PACING THE CAGE

Jimmy Buffett recorded a song for his 1999 Beachouse on the Moon album that I loved the moment I heard it. I came across it recently, and it resonated with me again. Written by Bruce Cockburn, the lyrics describe my life pretty well, especially now.

Someday, it will be safe to travel again. Until then, please shelter in place. Do not roam the country for non-essential travel thinking that is OK. It’s not.

April 29th, 2020

Posted in Photography Blog by Randy Wells

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April 27th, 2020

Posted in Photography Blog, Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells

PLAYING RECORDS IS A GREAT WAY TO DE-STRESS

With Record Store Day 2020 postponed due to the pandemic, now’s a good time to listen to some great sounding vinyl. It’s a sublime way to pass the time while at home.

Live albums can be especially beneficial in bringing back fond memories of concerts you may have attended. Or you can spin some female vocals or mellow jazz for a relaxing break from the computer. Vinyl remains my preferred way to listen to music for its ability to let me connect with the artist in an emotional way. More

April 24th, 2020

Posted in Travel Blog by Randy Wells

LONELY PLANET

It seems that every day there is big news breaking. On a smaller scale, Lonely Planet Publications is shutting down its production offices and eliminating its travel magazine and non-guidebook titles.

I was fortunate to have many travel photographs published in their books over the years. Here’s a Seattle cover of mine made on slide film before Photoshop.

P.S. Please don’t drink Lysol, please don’t stare at the sun, and don’t eat the yellow snow…

April 23rd, 2020

CAYMAN GT4 RS AND CANON RS 5

Porsche’s latest announcement is a 718 Cayman GT4 RS reported to put out 500 hp.

Canon’s latest mirrorless camera is the RS 5. It’s for pros with 45 MP, IBIS, 8K video and 120 fps at 1080…

I’m guessing these will not disappoint. Wow!

(Photos: Courtesy Porsche AG and Canon)

April 21st, 2020

Posted in Photography Blog, Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells

DIVINE INTERVENTION

An arguably appropriate (or inappropriate) song for these times.

Regardless, Mathew Sweet’s third album, Girlfriend has enough angst and killer riffs to please any young electric guitar freak.

Meanwhile, I’m praying for divine intervention.

(Cover photo: Late 1950s Tuesday Weld by Ken Galente)

April 20th, 2020

Posted in Photography Blog, Video / Film Blog by Randy Wells

CABIN FEVER

Well, I ventured out the other day to fly my DJI drone. It lost connection with my controller, hit a tree, and fell 75 feet to the ground. Fortunately, the only things that broke were the four propellers, which are easily replaceable. Believe me, flying a drone is not for the faint of heart!

R.I.P. Art Dudley, my favorite audio/technical writer ever. And R.I.P. Peter Beard, the most famous pre-med student turned photographer ever. Party on dudes.

April 16th, 2020

SLOT CAR RACING AGAIN

As a kid, I raced slot cars at commercial hobby tracks pretending to be the famous British driver, Sterling Moss. I still have my box of cars and controller. Twenty years ago, I started collecting the 1/32nd scale slot cars that were being produced at the time. More

April 12th, 2020

STERLING MOSS R.I.P.

Happy Easter. It is with a sad heart that I report Sir Stirling Moss passed away this morning. Considered the greatest racing driver never to win the Formula 1 World Championship, he succumbed to a long-term illness at 90 years of age.

Sterling won just about everything else during his long career – including numerous F1 races, Le Mans, Sebring, Targa Florio, and the Mille Miglia. Amazingly, he won 212 of the 529 races he entered. Godspeed. More

April 9th, 2020

PHOTOGRAPHING SCALE MODEL CARS

Since we are spending another month (or two) at home because of the global health pandemic, now is the perfect time to photograph some scale model cars. Look for more on this subject soon!

April 7th, 2020

Posted in Racing / Auto Blog, Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells

FAST CAR

Tracy Chapman broke the airwaves in April 1988 with this song and others on her self-titled album. Singles from the record, like “Fast Car”, “Talkin’ Bout a Revolution”, and “Baby Can I Hold You” are still relevant today. The CD, or better yet, the record or the elusive 12″ single discs, are audiophile grade music. Check it out.

April 3rd, 2020

Posted in Photography Blog by Randy Wells

STAY CREATIVE, AND FIND JOY WHERE YOU CAN

While in quarantine during the plague that was raging in London, Shakespeare wrote King Lear. Even with social isolation, it’s possible to be creative and stay joyful. If you like to write or photograph, now is the perfect time to start those projects you never had time for.

Be ready to create when inspiration strikes. I saw the image above the other afternoon right after it hailed during a thunderstorm. I call it “Covid Hail”. I made a different image indoors the very next morning. The important thing is to keep finding your joy! Rave on!