Gavin Seim describes himself as an American Pictorialist who’s “passionate about making wall art, writing stories and sharing what [he] learns.” For three to five months out of every year, Gavin takes off in a camper with his family to “attempt to make images and film that do justice to the beauty of America.”
He admits to being fanatical about quality and, shooting with both digital, medium and large format film, a tripod is a must.
“I carry an AT213 with a PHQ1 head almost everywhere – Nearly all my serious wall images are made using a tripod. I’ve found stability to be one of the Six Keys of Image Quality and it’s ignored at the cost of fine details.
Induro offered me a solid value with great leg locks and good support even for my larger film cameras, all while maintaining portability. My Induro is the best tripod I’ve owned since starting in photography at age twelve.”
Thankfully for us, Gavin is documenting his 2013 trip on his blog, A Road Trip Journal. There he’ll let you in on all the ups and downs, highs and lows, of camping with your family, being constantly on the move, and photographing every day in new locations.
He calls what he’s doing “super camping”, as his custom-built rig is completely independent and does not need to be hooked up in a campground. His truck even has a photographer’s platform on the roof! If you’d like to try out super camping for yourself, Gavin has written a helpful article on the process.
He’s shooting film, so to see the final work, we’ll have to be patient! In the meantime, take a look at some of his images from past trips.
Gavin also offers EXposed, an instantly downloadable workshop about light, and his very own presets for Lightroom, Photoshop, and Aperture, Seim Effects. See more of his work and everything else he’s up to at Seim Studios.
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