MONDAY, October 29, 2018 – A Honda Element will be our home for photography road trips starting this fall and early winter. We have “car camped”, using an assortment of modified vehicles, for nearly four decades so we have a pretty good idea of what we need and why. Modifications we are making to our Element are designed to provide a reasonably comfortable mobile living space adapted specifically to photography trips.
Over a lifetime of traveling for climbing and photography, we have learned when you arrive at your destination is as important as where you are situated. Being at the right place, in time for the best light conditions, frequently means camping close to our chosen photographic location. Car camping, for its convenience, is our preferred option when possible – especially when challenging weather is likely.
The Honda Element is a popular vehicle for this type of camping because its high clearance and 4WD allow it to go places larger RV’s can’t, and it gets far better mileage to boot. We are customizing sleeping, cooking and storage spaces for camera gear and other essentials. Easy access to photo gear, clothing, cooking facilities and electronic accessories is possible with comprehensive planning and a good bit of woodworking. Equipped with auxiliary power for lights, and for charging batteries and electronic devices, we will be able to work with the photographs we make and stay in touch with the world.
Our dog, Terra, is only lukewarm about the whole idea. She’d be fine staying home and curling up someplace warm. Although the van will never feel quite like home, we hope the new and interesting smells we encounter will win her over.
We will be posting more about our vehicle conversion, upcoming trips, and our dog’s demeanor, over the next few weeks.