An Interview with Quinn Sedam
Sedam: When it comes to an influence in my photography, it would have to be my father. He is a seasoned, successful photographer in the Pacific Northwest. Growing up with a photographer for a Father made for a unique childhood. There was a lot of traveling involved and I always had camera's around to play with. I started rolling my own film, developing my negatives and making my own prints when I was about 10 years old.. What I gained from this early experience was how a camera works and how to manipulate it to create the desired effect. This has been the key to my most recent style.
PP: Exactly what it is you want to say with your photographs, and how do you actually get your photographs to do that?
Sedam: The message I try to recreate in my art is the beauty that Mother Nature shows that the naked eye cant see. Weather its a moment that is to quick to be noticed or the eye is distracted by something else.
PP: Among your works, which one is your favorite? Why?
Sedam: Picking a favorite piece of work is so tough. So many are special to me for different reasons. If i were to pick a favorite, I would have to pick an image of mine called 'The Dream'. It perfectly captured the vision I set out to capture in that location.
Sedam: Looking back, there isn't anything I wish I would have known when I started.
PP: I see a lot of nature and animals in your works. What do you love most about photographing the wild?
Sedam: To me, photographing the wild provides an amazing opportunity to capture something beautiful, unique and spectacular that most people will never have the chance to see, then share it with them.
PP: How do you plan a shoot or set up a shot just the way you want it, especially out in the field?
SEDAM: I put a lot of time planning my shots. When ever I'm out and about, I'm always looking around for a new spot to shoot from. What I am looking for is the best places to shoot night images with an interesting landscape. In the summer when I chasing storms, I rarely go to an area that I am not familiar with or haven't checked out ahead of time.
PP: Do you visit the location to study about it before taking the photo?
Sedam: I spend my winters pursuing birds. I like to go to the same area's over and over, getting to know the birds and there habits. Once I find a good area and get to know the wildlife, I go at all times of the day over and over. Sunrise is the hardest time for me, but by far the most rewarding.
PP: What is your favorite time of day for nature shots?
Sedam: Well, I am what the big boys call a 'purest'. I love to work with the camera and make it do my work. I do very little post editing.
PP: You have a dreamy, artistic quality to some of your shots. Can you tell us about your post-processing workflow?
Sedam: My favorite lens for doing the work that drives my passion is my old school Nikon, manual focus, f 2/8 35 mm. When I'm out at night, Every thing is shot manual anyway and this little 35 mm lens is crystal clear.
Thank you, Quinn Sedam, for sharing with us.
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