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Author: Randy Wells
The Porsche Club of America’s Pacific Northwest Region publishes a monthly magazine called The Spiel.
This month’s cover story features R Gruppe, a much smaller club that I have also been a member of since its beginnings in 2000. Thank you to editor Doug Andreassen and crew for the cover photograph and the chance to write a foreword for the article. And Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Once again, photography rules are meant to broken, again and again.
It can be a part of your practice. That’s how you get to Carnegie Hall…
This rule is a bit more commonly encountered in photography: “Never shoot with trees sticking out of your subject.”
However, in automotive photography, there’s a difference between just having a car look like a planter and having your rule-breaking photo published as an opening spread in a 100K reader magazine!
THERE ARE NO RULES #1
Once you learn all the rules for photography, you need to start breaking them.
The #1 rule I love to break is, “Never shoot into the sun.”
VIRTUAL TRACK RIDE – CIRCUIT OF THE NORTHWEST
This is the motorsports complex we’ve been waiting for in the Pacific Northwest. Here’s what the Hermann Tilke designed track will look like – now available to pre-visualize on You Tube.
It’s the perfect location near Bremerton, Washington and a perfect road course with complex corners and elevation changes, just a short commute from the Seattle & Tacoma area. There will be secure car storage facilities available along with a service shop for members. Motocross and karting areas are also being planned. More to follow on this blog.
JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS
In case you hadn’t noticed, Xmas now starts November 1st with sales being announced for early gift buying, due in part to shipping delays (from Santa Claus no less).
Just in time for the holidays is the new Leica Q2 “Reporter” model, which could be sold out to collectors before it becomes available Dec. 9. This limited edition camera with 28 f1.7 Leica lens is fantastic and is cloaked in green paint and kevlar (in case buyers actually want to use it).
Seriously… What I want and what I need are often two different things. For this, I could make an exception!
Enjoy some time off during the holidays!
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A cover using your photograph is always special. I’ve received many of them over the years, but this one really makes me smile.
Thanks to PCA, Panorama Magazine and their staff for this recognition in the October issue. Continue reading “”
VINYL IS HOT
In the last five years new vinyl LP sales in the USA have doubled to over 30 million units sold per year. That’s more than new CD sales today, and these numbers don’t include used record purchases.
Prior to 2016, the sales numbers for new vinyl was increasing but not anywhere this rate. Only problem is, most everything currently released on LP is on backorder. This is primarily due to increased demand and decreased supply (due in no small part to the small number of pressing plants and the lack of vinyl pellets). See this for more:
Seattle is and has always been different. That doesn’t mean it’s bad. It’s an assemledge of people from across the nation looking for learning, recreation and progressiveness, yet it remains reasonable (except for the more recent cost of living increases, homelessness, rioting and traffic problems). Continue reading “”
Here’s another perfectly shaped car. The Porsche Carrera GT (Project Code 980) manufactured between 2004–2007.
I’ve actually driven one, along with the 1958 356 Carrera GT Speedster below, and a few other landmark Carreras, thanks to the insistence of the owners. I think I can go to heaven now.
RANDY VOTED ONE OF THE TOP FIVE CAR PHOTOGRAPHERS IN SEATTLE
A sincere thank you to the company and website Copilot for awarding me with this honor. I came across it recently and am thrilled to be included. Thank you Copilot!
Joel Bernstein was a young man interested in photography during the late 1960s.
He was lucky enough to hook up with some folk rock musicians before they became famous. “Almost famous” describes his life, and it might be used to describe mine. We were both very fortunate to be given an opportunity at just the right time. Continue reading “”
THANK YOU AGAIN PORSCHE 356 REGISTRY MAGAZINE
Thanks to editor Peter Bodensteiner and the team for including my work in their 356 magazine this month. My inside feature with Steve Terrien’s 1961 356 Sunroof Carrera GS tells the story of his ownership of the car for almost 40 years. Check it out.