ChrisBurkard

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ChrisBurkard

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It's often the unplanned experience that really leaves a mark on you. I visited the Italian Dolomites years ago planning to shoot its stellar vertical mountains but bad weather sent us looking for something else. I had spent so much time researching alpine hikes & camping that I hadn't made a backup plan. Quick roadside research showed a lake with stellar views and a decent weather window just hours away...so we decided to hide there for a few days. Turned out it was the very last days of the season and soon snowpack would set in, the road would become impassible & the lake would freeze over. Being so close to winter I envisioned freezing conditions, but instead it felt as warm as a California summer. The water however was a chilly glacial temperature right around 35 degrees. We were the only people in the historic hotel on the lakes edge. The owner would tell us stories of how the valley was formed, about the old films that were shot here & stress that we had to try his homemade pasta. I think we impressed him with our ability to brave the cold water.. or maybe he just felt sorry for us. This is a few of my favorite photos. Ps - the first photo is of me.. and yes I survived ;)

12 Hours ago

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If you're quiet enough the Trees will tell you stories.

1 Days ago

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I've spent more time getting lost on roads trying to find hot springs than actually enjoying them. Its true what they say though ... the funnest part is the process to find em.

2 Days ago

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Most of what we pour our heart & soul into goes unnoticed. Lost in an endless thumb scroll of beautiful & inspiring images or funny memes. But occasionally you have to just tell people to Stop.. take a second, and stare. Because the effort requires it. . . The story is always the same.. a beautiful landscape that's being threatened. But this time around I realized that after shooting these rivers for years & years the lingering question is always, "what am I looking at?" So I aimed to bring scale to these otherworldly landscapes. We chased down a yellow piper cub from 2,000 ft above... quickly banking left & right to stay in a sort of formation while my jet-lagged stomach felt like it was about to hurl at every G-force turn. My assistant @_ryanhill_ & I occasionally glanced at each other with a slight smirk & head shake knowing that our dream of pulling this off was coming to life. The cameras couldn't keep up with how much we wanted to push the shutter... and after a awhile our fingers would go completely & totally numb. . . To learn more about Europes last great wilderness and how you can protect Iceland's highlands check out www.Halendid.is . Eternal thanks to my good friend @volcanopilot for making this come to life for me. Excited to share the story over time.

3 Days ago

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Some peoples travel dream consists of a really nice hotel surrounded by people they don't know in a place they have only read about in brochures & magazines. I've been there... and yah the food is great & wifi is strong, but the novelty tends to wear off really fast. Took me a few years of my life to realize there is alternate ways to travel & sometimes the best experiences you will have can be right near your own backyard. . . @gowestycampers @eaglecreek

3 Days ago

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4 Days ago

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Night light.

5 Days ago

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Music is everything. It was the single hardest part of editing our film & in the end the most expensive part. Mainly because we knew it would either make it or break it and we didn't want to settle. We wanted to create a mood and hopefully capture the audible feeling of the landscape as well as we did visually. For those asking for the "Under An Arctic Sky" soundtrack ... it's now available via a Spotify playlist - in my bio link. . . For those who mentioned how much the music moved them I can't express how much that means to me and the team. We wanted to use artists that had been inspired by the location as much as we were and we hope it comes through. @icelandair

5 Days ago

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I'll bet that if you've ever traveled California in a VW bus it was a memorable journey... albeit slow & probably extremely frustrating at times. I think at a certain point you embrace it & cant imagine going any faster, as if it's calibrated to move at the perfect speed to soak it all in. After that everything else just feels like rushing.

5 Days ago

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Cold & extremely wet.. that's the best way to describe it. I can't even count the amount of times I slipped and fell In mud. Moisture would freeze before you could wipe it off. The sound of the water deafening any chance of talking or hearing really anything else... and your eyes are constantly fixed on the sky waiting for any change of color. I love these intimate experiences where all your senses are demanded & seem to be on high alert. This is maybe the most honest portrait of what's it's like to be in the moment shooting. . . @_ryanhill_ @icelandair @geysircarrental

6 Days ago

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The best way I've found to make an experience like this last is to share it with others. ____ Tonight in Iceland we premiere my film 2 years in the making where it alll began. It's a special night for me. Come join us in ISAFJORDUR - June 18- 6pm REYKJAVIK - June 19 - 7&9pm Tickets and details in my bio link or www.UnderanArcticSky.com/tour

7 Days ago

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When I looked down at the Ruth Glacier for the first time I was baffled. It's hard to wrap your head around how something with such perfect shape & balance can exist in such a big landscape. ___ Some of my favorite photographers.. (many whom you may follow ) teamed up to create a limited edition set of prints with @artifactuprising where 100% the proceeds go back to protecting the places we love. It's called, "One for Our Land" and its ending Monday. This photo is my contribution. Check it out at @artifactuprising or www..com for details @1percentftp

8 Days ago

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The wind finally turned favorable for a little bit of sailing yesterday. Our humble vessel transformed into a full blown pirate ship and we headed straight to my favorite arch. This quick iPhone snap shared with a tiny bit of cell service gives you a peak into what I have been up to this week. Sharing my love for this place with my photography workshop students is one of my favorite ways to spread awareness of these wild places. _____ iphone @auroraarktika @haukursigurdsson @visitwestfjords

9 Days ago

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For salt water to freeze it needs to be a water temp of 28.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Conditions like these take dedication.. with ice forming on your wetsuit hood and around your face you know it's cold. The water is really never that bad.. it's the air outside that will get you . -10 with windchill. The tale of this legendary session can be seen in my new film, "Under an Arctic Sky." . Premiering in ICELAND next: ISAFJORDUR /June 18 - 6pm REKYJAVIK / June 19 - 7&9pm Tickets in my bio link or www.UnderanArcticSky.com/tour

10 Days ago

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Finally stood in place I have dreamt of visiting for years. High above the sea on the cliffs of Hornstrandir nature reserve we could see our tiny ship in the distance. A colony or birds flew overhead and a breeding ground for Arctic foxes at our feet. For a split second the pending storm didn't seem to bother us. Limited cell service makes it kinda special to me to share something as it happened... in the moment.. with all the feelings still raw. @auroraarktika

11 Days ago

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It’s human nature to feel connected to places or things that we understand on a personal level; in other words, the only way people will care about preserving places on this earth is if they feel physically, emotionally, or spiritually invested. It is only through this process of connection that our personal empowerment is fully realized. I understand that I am unable to lead every single person to feel empowered to make a difference, but I hope that I can help garner people’s connection with the world around us to realize that they are valuable in keeping it alive and healthy.

12 Days ago

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Living waters in Glacier National Park

13 Days ago

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Naturally a photo should draw you in. Not just by its subject matter but how you actually compose the frame... Ideally it should push or "lead" your eye towards the focal point of the frame. I tend to rely on leading lines to do this... something leading in or out of frame is usually helpful and the more contrast the better. I've found that since we read left to right it can easily translate when your movement is happening in that pattern. It's interesting how sometimes the best frame can be the difference of just lowering your lens a few inches and revealing your subject in an easily identifiable space. *there's no wrong way to take a photo.. so take it all with a grain of salt. I'm just sharing what works for me. Shot with @sonyalpha A7RII + 12-24 F4 @handsomerobinson

14 Days ago

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I'm excited to bring my film home for the Iceland premiere of Under an Arctic Sky! Join me in Ísafjörður - June 18 / 6pm Reykjavik - June 19 / 7&9pm . Details in my bio link or at www.UnderanArcticSky.com/tour *Space is limited

15 Days ago

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In today's world there is constant messaging being sold to us that we must divide ourselves further in order to build the world we want. I've sat back and watched as communities, families and friends have drawn firm lines in the sand to distinguish a hard pressed "us vs them" mentality. Maybe I'm just stirring the pot further but sometimes it feels like the semantics of the word "climate change" have created more walls than bridges... a generational buzz word. ___ I often wonder if the emphasis should be placed more upon the basic understandings of our planet, and how it will thrive best. Do you believe pollution exists? Do you believe in protecting wild places? Do you believe in conservation of or precious resources and wild animals? Do you believe that we are stewards of this planet with a responsibility to ensure its longevity and health? Maybe it's naive but I feel I would be hard pressed to find someone that believes smog is healthy for their children, or enjoys another endangered species hitting the list. In such volatile times, its important to not give up building those bridges of understanding and communication...it's the only way we will build the world we all hope to see.

15 Days ago

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A cold rush of blood to the heart. Take a good look because this is what happiness looks like.

15 Days ago

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The earth speaks a language that I'll spend my whole life trying to understand. *notice the way the rivers path emulates that of the aurora above.

16 Days ago

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The Ocean gives a lot of gifts & doesn't ask for much in return. worldoceansday

17 Days ago

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For me and my house... every day is world oceans day. . My entire life I've lived less than a mile from the ocean. I was just always something I knew and didn't know any different. I remember the first time I met someone who had never seen it... never felt it. It wasn't really until that moment that I felt an overwhelming amount of appreciation for all the sea has given me and the Privilege of living near it. Treat it well.

17 Days ago

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My time here was short, and even though I was technically "working", every second reminded me of my childhood dreams of living in a treehouse.

18 Days ago

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Different clothes, different transportation and even different languages. But for as many thousands of years as we've gathered around campfires the conversation is still the same. You look at the stars long enough and you start to wonder if you're the only ones out there.

18 Days ago

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This vessel has shown me more of the worlds beauty than any other form of transportation I've been lucky enough to experience. Next week I board this ship once more to hike remote fjords & bays and teach a few students about my passion for wild places. Last year ... when the conditions turned less than ideal and you couldn't see the surreal vistas... the ocean turned to glass and this photo was created. Easily one of my favorites. I've learned a lot from from holding onto the camera when your instinct tells you to put it down. . Prints & photo workshop info at chrisburkard.com @auroraarktika

19 Days ago

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Back on the road. Heading to NYC to premiere my film Under An Arctic Sky.. Thursday June 8th. Almost sold out. Come out for slideshow + Q&A + film screening ••• Then Iceland premiere in Reykjavik. June 19th. Details in my bio link ✌🏼 www.UnderanArcticSky.com/t @adorama

19 Days ago

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Ever wanted to shoot the nights sky... no idea where to start? I recently wrote an article called, "The Idiots Guide to Photographing the Galaxy," for @redbulletin . I've made just about every mistake you can while shooting in the dark so the title describes my learning process. To make it easy I've compiled a small list of gear + tips + settings that can help get you on your way. Link in my bio or here Bit.ly/CBMILKYWAY . PS - currently writing another one for post processing✌🏼

20 Days ago

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108F degree meditation.

21 Days ago

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Without the creation of the wetsuit... I honestly don't think any of this would be possible. Jack O'Neill's pioneering of the modern day wetsuit has enabled myself & so many other to purse their passions for riding waves in remote places. Yesterday we lost that legend but his legacy lives on. @a_gray & @joshmulcoy enjoy a chilly moment below one of the inactive volcanoes of the Aleutian island chain. . PS - this is one single image shot in camera. No photoshop, no alteration ... just a lot of planning & a little luck.

22 Days ago

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A Smoky sunrise in the foothills of Mt. Hood. I spent 3 days here last month living in the upper loft. An A-frame is beautiful to look at but far better to experience from the inside out. I think it's the simplicity of the structure in a world of over- complicated homes and most importantly the location that usually makes us gravitate to these dwellings.

22 Days ago

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First rule of Hot Spring club is you don't talk about Hot Spring Club.

23 Days ago