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Rising Stars: Meet Quinn Sedam

Today we’d like to introduce you to Quinn Sedam. Them and their team share their story with us below:

Quinn is a local photographer and storm chaser who specializes in capturing quality fine art images of tropical storms and lightning. Quinn uses his extensive knowledge of meteorology and a self-taught style of low-light photography, to produce stunning images of electrifying tropical storms. His current project, ‘Storms over Southwest Florida’ is produced over The Gulf of Mexico, bays, lakes, rivers, and the surrounding metro areas of, Pine Island, Cape Coral and Fort Myers. These stunning captures are the results of 10 years of chasing local storms.

Quinn’s latest honors consist of, ‘Best Photograph 2017’ by The Florida Weekly (Ft. Myers) and ‘Best in Show 2018’ at the Cape Coral Festival of the Arts along with several other art festival ribbons and awards.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
My biggest original obstacle was simply learning how to actually, perfectly capture a lightning strike with a camera. With an unpredictable subject matter that changed every time, I needed to come up with a basic formula that would allow me to be in the right place, with the correct settings already set and hope that the lightning strike would occur in just the right spot. Learning how to read doppler radar became the next challenge. My doppler radar app is critical for knowing where and when to be somewhere for the perfect shot. I would study my radar for hours a day and try to learn what affected the storm’s path and power. Taking the basics of what makes a strong, productive storm occurs and then applying that knowledge to be in the perfect spot at the perfect time definitely makes the job easier.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a professional storm chaser and fine art photographer.

Risk taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
I think people think that my job and subject matter are very dangerous. I would agree, but not for the reasons most would think. I have very little fear of the lightning, no matter how close it is hitting. I have been knocked down and have suffered temporary hearing loss as a result of lightning strikes. That’s just part of the job to get the best shots. For me, the danger comes not from the lightning, but from the environment in which I chose to work in. I am always next to a body of water, in an open area. In Florida, that means venomous snakes and large gators. I once spent 3 1/2 hours completely surrounded by gators, during mating season in a pith black wildlife preserve. One of the scariest nights of my life, but the sky and clouds were so perfect that I couldn’t bring myself to retreat, so I stuck it out until I finally got the shot I was dreaming of.

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