THERE ARE NO RULES #5

OK, here’s the last in my arbitrary list of 5 traditional photographic rules meant to broken on the 21st day of the 12th month of the 21st year of the 21st century:

“Don’t Place The Horizon In The Middle Of The Frame”.

Another version of this is, “Never put your subject in the middle of the frame”. That’s another compositional rule to break, unless you’re shooting for a full-bleed double page spread!

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THE MULE IN PANO!

The Porsche 916 is a rare beast. Only a dozen were built in the early ’70s. Based on a 914-6, a test mule for the 916 (pictured above) was recently featured in PCA’s Panorama Magazine using Peter Linsky’s article and my photos made in Florida earlier this year. Here’s a part of my sidebar that explains this car and the 916: Continue reading “”

THERE ARE NO RULES #3

This one’s pretty easy, right: “Never shoot a car in a parking lot.”

You actually can break this rule and get away with it – sometimes.

Until then, keep fake’n it ’till you make it, right? Not really.

To really make it, from my perspective, you need to think outside the box and create something new (without Photoshop). Don’t copy. Find your own voice.

(Photo: Shot with a Leica M and 90mm lens)

GET BACK

The Beatles: Get Back is a new documentary series directed and produced by Peter Jackson. It covers the making of the Beatles’ 1970 album Let It Be, which had the working title of Get Back.

Check it out. All you have to do is look at the 1969 photo above to know The Beatles were way ahead of their time. I mean, who else was wearing Chucks besides George?

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THANKS SPIEL!

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!

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THERE ARE NO RULES #2

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!

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!