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Category: RF / Leica Blog
ERNST HAAS – HIS 100TH BIRTHDAY
Ernst Haas, the pioneer of color photographic essays, would have been 100 years old yesterday.
He created the first magazine color photo-essay in LIFE in 1962. He became the first color photographer to have his own exhibit at MOMA shortly thereafter. He made this photo of a fall leaf in 1964.
A very good friend of mine, and a fellow student of Haas, Arthur Meyerson, posted this on Facebook today. I was there at the Ernst Haas Worksop in Japan with Arthur in 1984. I couldn’t have said it better.
It’s interesting when you think about it. In the 1950s and before that, people saw the world with what artists called a “normal” perspective. It resembled a 50 mm focal length composition on a full-frame 35 mm format camera.
You see that perspective when you travel to European cities. The streets and buildings are narrow and complement that field of view. Continue reading “”
IT’S ONLY A MATTER OF GOING
From this day forward, all images on this site will be 550 pixels or wider, so you can better see the differences in quality.
“Actions speak louder than words.”
I’ve always believed in that. Yet, in today’s world, more and more, made up images and words are often believed over actions that are actually true. Continue reading “”
If you really want a change of experience, and you live near Seattle, one option is to take a 4-hour trip east to the wheat fields of the Palouse – but don’t delay. This year’s crop will be cut in a couple of weeks. Continue reading “”
HAVE A SAFE 4TH OF JULY
This candid photograph of an American veteran (and a cat hiding under the truck) was made along Route 66 in Seligman, Arizona with a digital Leica M and a 50mm lens. Continue reading “”
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. Continue reading “”
The subject was sure to come up sooner or later.
I avoid well-known scenic overlooks, unless I need to photograph them on assignment. Fortunately, I spent my early travel photography career hanging out at the best spots before they became widely discovered. Continue reading “”
LEICA M CAMERA WITH 40+ MP COMING
The Leica M10-P digital rangefinder was a big step up from the M 240 model, but it is still a 24 MP camera. A rumored M10-R is expected to be released in 2020 with a 40+ MP file size full-frame sensor. This could be the ultimate fine-art compact camera. Continue reading “”
HAPPY NEW YEAR & 10th ANNIVERSARY!
Today, this blog celebrates its tenth year on the endless wire – pre-Instagram. Thanks to all for visiting this site and letting me share my life with you.
With an average of one new blog post every 5 days and an Instagram site now flourishing (@cars.randywells), it’s been an extremely satisfying last couple of years. It certainly helps me to keep writing!
Now, I just gotta keep up those New Year’s resolutions… Personally, I can’t wait for the 2020s.
This camera I find very interesting. I’ve been shooting with a Leica since 1979, but switched my SLRs to Canon in the ’90s when Leica discontinued their R line. I have continued to use the Leica M and Q models for my personal work. Continue reading “”
When I mention the name of this pre-eminant street photographer today, I am often met with blank stares. In our disparate world, that reaction really shouldn’t surprise me. Yet, a part of me says, “How can that be?” Continue reading “”
PODCAST – RAIN CITY SUPERCARS
Thanks to Dan Putnam and Nick Bergeron of Rain City Supercars for inviting me to join them on their podcast this week. And thank you to everyone at Drivers Club in Redmond, WA for hosting the event. It’s an amazing car storage facility! Continue reading “”
ROBERT FRANK R.I.P.
Robert Frank, one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century has died at the age of 94.
His photographic book The Americans is considered a landmark document of the USA in the 20th century. Originally printed in Paris in 1958, it is now revered for its expressively ambiguous photographs, which still provoke differing interpretations. Continue reading “”