Have Camera, Will Travel. LDS•Photographer•Speaker•Director
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While walking along this dirt road in Hampi India we came to a palm tree that was rustling & a low screeching noise was coming from the branches. We looked up to see a massive Cobra eating a bird just a few feet above our heads. It was coiled through the branches in a pretzel like shape. I've seen some crazy things but that was still one of the gnarliest to this day. .
If you wanna see the video check my personal page @burkgnar
It maybe be a greater injustice to the places we love to experience their beauty, acknowledge their need for protection & not share it with those around you.
4-6 thousand feet above Utah badlands shot through the small window of a Kodiak with a 70-200mm lens & Sony A7riii.
Stacked layers of earth like the chapters of a book, the desert landscape can teach us a lot about the earth's history. Maybe more than any other. It's clues are subtle with the slightest change in color, texture, rock & vegetation, often stacking on top of eachother. I love looking back to try & understand what I see in a photograph. Maybe someone much smarter than me can explain the geomorphology going on here?
For the whole month of December I am offering 10 free prints to anyone that brings us Food for the homeless shelter. If you are in California & can swing by my gallery in Pismo Beach we would love to have you drop off your non perishable items & accept this small gift from us. Last year we filled two bins.
Address is Geotagged above. You can find us there M-F / 9-6. Sadly this is only an in person offer .
Looking for Holiday Gifts? everything in my shop is currently 25% off - Prints/Books/Merch - Use code: CBHOLIDAY25 at checkout.
“It’s sometimes easy to lose track of the days, weeks & months - loose sight of where you’re headed & where you want to go. It happens to me all the time - getting too caught up inside my own head or deep within all the projects I’m working on.
It often turns out easy just to follow the path I’m already on, while being too busy to remember what I actually wanted in the first place or too scared to take chances - scared of going into the unknown and the unsafe. When you have been pushing your limits for a long time - your definition or normal becomes different from other people; what seems epic to others might just be everyday for someone else. And vice versa. Trust me, even in the social media world and as a creative entrepreneur, this happens all the time. Just take a look around here on Instagram - how often don’t you see talented people, posting great stuff - but at the same time safe, often something you’ve seen before.
It’s a trend, in part created by the modern day algorithms that surround us. Everything is being filtered based on what supposedly is right for us. But what the algo forgets is that we often need things that aren’t obviously right for us - those random & unexpected things that remind us to stop for a moment and rethink everything. These are the things that help us remember that there’s more than just one path - and that you always can stop for a moment and change direction.” - beautiful words from GUNNAR FREYAR.
Also known as @icelandic_explorer . A person worth following whose words are just as powerful as his images. Be inspired by those around you.
Beyond my first experience, sharing an Aurora filled sky with friends, strangers & loved ones is by far the greatest experience photography has given me.
This Holiday I am offering my prints, books & entire shop 25% off. Use code CBHOLIDAY25 at www.ChrisBurkard.com
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It’s so much more than just transportation. Amidst turbulent air, often negative temperatures, and a completely exposed cockpit with little room to move, you are never totally ‘comfortable’ flying in an experimental aircraft. So why do you do it?
Because it provides a vision of earth seldom seen...often at a slow enough pace that you can take it all in. You are embracing the varying landscape and every ripple of wind that comes with it. Compressed into a sea of sand, pilot and photographer @shotsfromabove flies 2,000 feet above evening shadows in the Great Sand Dunes National Park. Roughly 11k feet. .
Shot alongside @renan_ozturk
"Sometimes I forget to breathe" he said. "It's just so beautiful." It is great to celebrate your own work... but even better to pay homage to those that inspire you. This week I have been in the San Luis Valley flying in Sub-Zero temperatures while documenting the story of Chris Dahl-Bredine or better known as @shotsfromabove. His aerial photographs are stunning, but more important is the process he has gone through to get these visions. By building an experimental plane in his garage he explores terrain that many would never see. It's a bit like the wild west up here, with a cowboy behind the wheel.
Grateful to be working with one of my favorite cinematographers @renan_ozturk as he brings Chris' vision to life. .
This photo shot from a 300mm telephoto lens flying around 11k feet from another experimental craft known as an 'ultralight trike.' The Trikes below us hover at around 10K feet as Renan shoots video of Chris flying and shooting.
After a few weeks catching up on sleep at home & holiday festivities I started itching for early mornings chasing the sun. I woke well before dawn today in 17F and it reminded just how much of a love/ hate relationship I have with sunrise. The anticipation kills me... often rushing while half asleep then all at once there it is. It happens everyday but always feels like the first time.
The ghost town of íkáteq suffered from exposure to the elements. With no natural barriers to the open ocean or nearby mountains to protect from the wind the town was extremely vulnerable. At times the wind got so ferocious that homes would have weighted ropes thrown over the roof just to keep it from blowing off. The 12 homes still stand intact with many possessions still left inside as if everyone left suddenly taking only what they could carry & never came back.
One of the hardest truths to accept is that our very existence is at conflict with Nature. Regardless of how much we try to 'offset' we are all consumers & will be hard pressed to make up for what we take in the end. These thoughts weigh heavy on me everytime I jump on a plane. Regardless of how many solar panels I put up, dietary choices I make, enviro campaigns I work on or trees I plant it really won't make up for a lifelong dependency on fuel & plastic among other things. So what is the answer? Is it to sit on your hands, lash out on the internet or shake your fist at every jumbo jet in the sky?
I don't think so. I think experiencing joy is one of the great pursuits of life & the more we can learn to do it without competition to the natural world... the better. But even in your most honest effort there will usually be some resources used. The climbing gear, skis, surfboard, running shoes etc etc.. all have a cost - doesn’t mean we stop doing what we love. Instead consider that maybe in the pursuit of consuming less, you can use your voice, time, talents & ‘platform’ (no matter how big or small) to share your experiences, thoughts, feelings & hopefully a more intimate story of the places we work,play & ultimately experience life to the fullest. In the end what I think is going to help the planet most is a deeper connection to the places we love & hopefully we can make others care about them as well. It’s hard to want protect something you never experience.
While breaking through the ice during our warmest day in Greenland this quickly became the best seat in the house. As temperatures rise this is what September can look like in the Arctic. Sub-Zero one second & t-shirt no shoes weather as soon as the wind dies & sun comes out. Funny that I packed my hammock for India but only managed to use it in Greenland. Somedays it feels like the world is turning upside down. . @_ryanhill_ @kammok
On the far end of Bears Ears National Monument sits the Valley of the Gods and within it lie some of the most beautiful desert formations you have seen. It doesn't take long to realize how special this corner of the world is. This 'Giving Tuesday' consider supporting the Kickstarter to create an Education Center for this delicate area. A place to help visitors protect the cultural & ecological resources and ultimately experience it's beauty.
For more information check out the Kickstarter :
A hot & muggy day in the Hampi boulder fields. At one time this place was a central meeting point for travelers from all over to visit the famous bazaar. A market place for some of Hampi's seemingly never ending wealth. Now it stands as a unesco world heritage site littered with ancient temples and ruins. Amongst these ruins sit perfect granite boulders that for most of the year are way too hot to climb. I was blown away by what these guys could do in these warm temps, the rubber on my shoe seemed to be disintegrating while they were sticking to glass walls.
Here @nathaniel.coleman delicately moves up one of the slab test pieces in the area while in sat wedged in a off width crack. On my way down I lowered into a dead bush and found a freshly shed snake skin. I've never moved that quickly away from rocks in my life.
What cameras can do these days is literally astonishing. I started with film a decade ago & to think I could be shooting the northern lights from a rocking boat, handheld, without a tripod is something beyond what I could have imagined. This night was extremely dark & the ISO was hovering between 12,000- 20,000+ and shutter speed ~.5 seconds. There was a lot of unuseable frames.. But every so often the wind would stop & boat would stay still for a second. I love pushing technology beyond what we think is possible. .
Shot with Sony A7SII aboard the @auroraarktika
It was a very very very cold swim. The sensation of pain running through my body was similar to an electric shock mixed with the feeling of total breathelessnes bordering on suffocation...but all momentary feelings. I've come to realize that long standing regret for not fully embracing an experience can be much more painful in the long run. So jump in. . @_ryanhill_ - Wez