ChrisBurkard

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There is a very short window between salt water hitting freezing temps & it actually freezing over. On day 1 of the trip Cameron said that as soon as we found 0 degree water he was going to Eskimo roll in the kayak, just to experience the joy of freezing cold water. He did... 4 times. Just as we got near the glacier, the ocean turned into an icy soup. We cheered him on as his head dipped over and over. @cam.solon

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I am the most fascinated by things that don't last.

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Many of my most meaningful travel experiences over the last 3 years have happened on this boat. I owe this captain a great deal of thanks for sharing his knowledge of the land, sea, it's people, and it's cultures. I led a workshop with some great people through this landscape but I'll always be a student when I step on this boat. @auroraarktika

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My favorite place to see art isn’t on a phone but hanging in someone’s home, office, dorm or even Van. Throughout the Holidays I try to make my prints a bit more affordable by offering 30% off till Nov 26th & again in Dec. check out www.ChrisBurkard.com for some of my favorites or order a custom. Code: CBTHANKS30

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Writing has always been painful for me. There is this uncomfortable place I reach after a few sentences where I question if any of what I'm saying makes sense. I've tried to articulate for years the importance of a "Road Trip" and what it can do for your creative process. In the end its not about playlists, gummy snacks, or even the open road (although major perks). It's about severing ties with a solid foundation, & granting yourself the freedom to love and breathe with your art. Through this process you learn what you need & most of all what you don't need. You will be surprised just how many people have fueled their creative process like this... @timkemple @ladzinski @coreyrichproductions and even Ansel Adams to name a few. I finally finished a somewhat cohesive article & would love for you to check it out - link in my bio or here: http://win.gs/2zGRxv5 . Thank @mikechinch & @redbulladventure for publishing my rant 🤙

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Greenland at night can have moments of unreal joy mixed with hints of slight fear. After making it to the small island in total darkness a group of us stayed within yelling distance as the northern lights crept overhead. Without a headlamp the slippery frozen seaweed & rocks would have made you immobile. And although unlikely, the thought of polar bears seems to creep into your mind. I love straddling that line where comfort and discomfort meet. On our way back captain Siggi turned the lights on the @auroraarktika to illuminate our path. A literal nightlight for us. This was the moment I remember the most from my first trip to the east fjords.

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I lasted about 3 weeks before dropping out of my junior college photography class. I only remember two rules. 1. Don't shoot midday 2. Avoid shooting into the sun. . Neither made much sense. @johnny__bones

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The mud drip castle of the Citadel Tower has one of the smaller summits you can imagine. @sketchyandylewis stands alone & exposed before a BASE jump off. . Shot by @renan_ozturk during a visit to one of my favorite parts of the world to test new cameras, drones & catch up with friends.

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A casual commute in the Arabian sea. Never has a body of water left such an impression on me. Beyond it's clarity, the rawness of the reef seemed like it had just been formed & only few tiny keyholes allowed for surfable waves.

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Tucked away in my cabin I found a book on the history of the Lofoten Islands. One early translation says that the word Lofoten actually means- Lynx foot, and speculated that at some point the shape of these islands were compared to the shape of a Lynx's foot.

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I'm grateful to be hosting the @savethewavescoalition film festival this Saturday at my studio in Pismo Beach. Save the Waves is an organization dedicated to protecting our beaches & waterways & I've been lucky to work with them over the years. There will be some amazing films shown including Under An Arctic Sky. Event is from 6-11pm. Seating limited. Come hang 🤙 Details: http://bit.ly/2AzjHX9

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Handmade boats launching through barreling shorebreak just to help a few strangers get to their inaccessible ferry. I saw more than one man get smashed by a wave & an entire boat almost flip. It's the moments of kindness & service I've been lucky enough to experience that always stick with me the longest after im done traveling.

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If you have driven through the Southwest you’ve probably passed by dozens of features that looked just like this. From the ground...nothing much to see or a least nothing that probably catches your eye. From the air it’s a delicate & intricate look at the earth’s geology in what can only be described as Art. A part of my life’s mission has been to bring these places to life, sharing a vision of earth we don’t normally get to experience in hopes that when it comes time to make a decision.. we can preserve even the most mundane pile of rocks.

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Tsé Biiʼ Ndzisgaii : valley of rocks

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The Pilgrimage Boulder. One of the more beautiful rocks I have ever seen in person... sitting all by itself amongst the Hampi boulder field. A test-piece for the area made famous by @chris_sharma many years ago. It was cool to revisit this rock that inspired our trip & watch @paulrobinson87 work the V11 moves in 90+ degree heat & eventually send it. The rubber on our shoes felt like it was melting along with my skin. Always loved your vision Chris.

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There is always an internal struggle that goes on when photographing this place. Beautiful in every way.. but if you knew what was given up in the process to create it you would definitely feel a little bittersweet. Once home to gorgeous slot canyons, native dwellings and more history than any of us can fully appreciate. Typically when we cover our mistakes it doesn’t look this beautiful. . Your inspiration for conservation has grown deeper than this canyon ever could have. 🙏🏽 ed abbey, Katie lee

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If you can stand the heat the bouldering around Hampi is some of the best I’ve seen in the tropics. It reminded me of Joshua Tree in California but instead of that dry desert heat you get 100% humidity. The potential was endless & the already established classics were unlike anywhere I had seen. Here @paulrobinson87 warms up above the never ending rice paddies. @nathaniel.coleman

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Sometimes a good photo can be as confusing as it is clear.

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It’s rare you go somewhere that watching the waves is as satisfying as being in them. On this tiny predominantly Muslim Island off the Indian coast we found both. I’m still trying to process everything we experienced in India. It’s a place that really requires all of you... a literal attack on the senses in the best kind of way. I always leave exhausted from a sensory overload... while at the same time missing it & feeling like I barely scratched the surface.

15 Days ago
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‘Vanishing Worlds’ - my first gallery show focusing on river conservation in Iceland has come to an end. Thank you so much to my friend @paulnicklen for letting me display this labor of love in your gallery space in NYC. So grateful to those that came by to see the imagery and hear the stories. All images in this series were shot from a small plane overlooking threatened glacial rivers in Iceland. An ongoing series of work I have been shooting for a half decade. For more visit www.chrisburkard.com or www.halendid.is

15 Days ago
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These days I find more inspiration from Artists than anywhere else. Maybe because it was the first medium I practiced. My friend @jercollins_com is one of the few that weave a beautiful narrative through his work of environmental & political awareness while still remaining true to his roots as a talented climber, outdoorsman and most importantly - father. I don’t often recognize people’s work on my page but @jercollins_com is one of the best & I think more than a few would appreciate the lines he draws. ✏️ The last one is my favorite .

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It’s no mystery why the Fall season is a favorite among photographers. The trees are in their fullest expression of color. The temps drop and the sun stays low all day. The sunsets & sunrises always seem a little more vibrant. The contrast of color is really what draws me in.

16 Days ago
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I spent the last 6 months building out a used Sprinter Van into a mobile photography rig. The video about the process is live - you can watch in my bio link. For those with questions I figured I would answer few of them here. I searched for almost a year.. even bought & sold one and finally found a well used one in rural Michigan. It was fairly beat up but had low miles and even had a wheelchair lift in the back so I knew it was driven cautiously. During the buildout - I went as minimal as I could. No insulation, just raw ceiling & floor which we coated. I opted for no sink, kitchen or frivolous ornamental details. I wanted it to be a total workhorse and instead opted for camera & gear storage, beefy solar power, a workstation and a pump-able shower. Even the sound system was Marine approved for water and dust. We moved the bench seat sideways to maximize space and made the front seats swivel. The Van can easily sleep 4 ppl. The exterior was a whole different beast. I wish it was 4x4 but it wasn’t an option for my model. I gave it a new suspension package and beefier tires and coated the bottom panels of the van. The rack is one of my favorite parts because it was built to shoot from and walk on. We flush mounted my solar panels and storage and made it as low profile as possible. The reason I chose the 2500 series with 118’ wheel base sprinter was that it features a 5 cylinder Diesel engine - the smallest and lightest vehicle they made with most power. Which equals near 30mpg. Watch the video here. http://bit.ly/2ziHa1f @goalzero @kammok @polkaudio @thule @advanture.co @prana

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I can vividly remember my first road trips. My Grandpa took me every year from the Sierra to New Mexico... sadly as a kid I never fully appreciated it, I had never left the California coast growing up and to all the sudden realize the world was so big was overwhelming. Later in life I realized it was one of the most significant things you could do for a kid growing up with a single parent. The full length video of my sprinter van buildout is now available online. I retrace the steps of what and who inspired me most in my career and how I intend to share that with others. Please take a look and thanks so much to all that played a role. Link in bio or here http://bit.ly/2ziHa1f . Shot by @advanture.co For those wondering the gear we used - @thule @prana @goalzero @polkaudio @kammok @rigracks

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I’ve been told that if I could just put my camera down I would’ve had my pilots license years ago. luckily I have had patient instructors who know how excited I can get in these conditions. It’s always a tough choice between getting my hours signed off and sticking my camera out the window. At this point I just consider it a life goal.

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Other than the day I met my wife & my sons being born I would consider my nights under the stars to some of my most cherished experiences. As if I was able to glimpse beyond what my mind says is real. Thank you Moab for keeping your night skies dark so we could take in this beauty.

20 Days ago
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Shadows. layers. contrast. highlights. depth. subject. add evening light to this equation and you have a recipe for what makes a unique photo. In the end light is the only thing that matters.

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Temples of dirt & rock so perfectly carved by water. I love appreciating the artist’s work.

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The desert Southwest is one of the most raw enviroments.. it’s just you & the elements. Last week I spent a few days working on a personal project with @renan_ozturk in the desert & had to chance to secretly test Sony’s newly announced A7RIII. The camera left me pretty speechless... we put it through the paces. Subzero temps in an open cockpit plane, wind dirt and dust, high ISO... the list goes on. We put together a little edit from our experience. I don’t wanna give mine back 😩

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Does knowing how much is out there to see make anyone else feel overwhelmed at times? . Shot this with the brand new Sony A7RIII, Just announced tonight. Image quality & pixel depth is unlike anything I have experienced...

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My mind is still a bit fuzzy and stomach is definitely in a knot from traveling through India & Greenland over the last month. Sleep has become a bit optional these days as I try to catch up on so many aspects of life. One of my favorite things is looking over my photo editor @_ryanhill_ ‘s shoulder while he edits photos from our recent projects. This one got me excited... a day both him and I shot in the water together. I’m the faint red blur in the face of the wave shooting fisheye & Ryan shot with the 50mm in a Water-housing on the A9. This photo basically sums up all the beauty of India’s surf. I love how the waves blend with the sky. . @_ryanhill_ @nolecossart @prana

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Today we released a Behind the Scenes look at ‘Under an Arctic Sky.’ We had endured the largest storm Iceland had seen in 25 years and we began to question whether this trip was doomed for failure from the start… There were so many moments while filming for Under an Arctic Sky where we should have called it quits. Like when our car almost got stuck in an avalanche, @RenanOzturk got 25 stitches from the drone or when the surfers had ice forming around their wetsuit while surfing at 1 am in the arctic Circle. But the best projects always require you to suffer a little bit.. and that is exactly what we did. . Watch it now in my bio link or at www.UnderAnArcticSky.com @sonyalpha @borrowlenses

25 Days ago
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One of the side effects of being a creative person is that you are going to inevitably have something to say. The key is learning what to say, and when to say it, because the last thing the world needs is more opinions that people aren’t able to stand behind. Im not gonna sugar coat it.. One of the great falsehoods we have led ourselves to believe these days is that we have-to or aught-to please everyone in order to be successful. Truth be told that couldn’t be farther from the truth. There isn’t a single artist, brand, author, teacher, etc that i look up to that doesn’t have a strong opinion or way of viewing the world & their motives aren’t based on what the majority wants to hear. This is often what makes them unique. And the beauty is that you dont always have to agree to appreciate it... The same goes for photographers and or anyone with a creative vision. The never ending cycle of trying to be everything to everyone will burn you out in the end. And if you are willing to be humble enough, then you will see everyone as someone you can learn from. The sooner you find a purpose in your work the easier it is to know what you stand for - Its been said if you stand for nothing you will fall for anything. . Paddling away from the chaos in India.

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