@chrisburkard - ChrisBurkard

Have Camera, Will Travel. LDS•Photographer•Speaker•Director #chrisburkard @burkgnar

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The world needs your perspective. Happy World Photography day to all those that use this craft to share their creativity & passion of the world around them.
Stoked to be apart of the new Sony #BeAlpha campaign that includes so many of my peers I hold in such high regard! . 
Cheers @curtismorgan on the epic edit & direction 🤙
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The world needs your perspective. Happy World Photography day to all those that use this craft to share their creativity & passion of the world around them. Stoked to be apart of the new Sony #bealpha campaign that includes so many of my peers I hold

Tonight! WITHIN REACH film screening & cover release party for @markomcinnis & @joshmulcoy at my studio in Pismo Beach! 
Come out for a fun evening of films a slideshow & some epic giveaways with a few of these legends! $10 dollars at the door. 7-10pm 
Food truck & kombucha on hand from @whalebirdkombucha @thepairingknife 
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Film by @mike_cochran 
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Tonight! WITHIN REACH film screening & cover release party for @markomcinnis & @joshmulcoy at my studio in Pismo Beach! Come out for a fun evening of films a slideshow & some epic giveaways with a few of these legends! $10 dollars at the door. 7-10p

It’s complicated. As much as we all want to “help” in a situation where we see human waste affecting wildlife, the best practice is always to make sure you are first and foremost Educated & secondly Experienced when handling wild animals. For example on the beautifully healthy Sea Lion populations of Tyuleny Island - Russia we saw hundreds of thousands of seals & sea birds living extremely content & happy. But of course a few poor souls were adorned with nets around their neck & flippers. It’s easy to ask (even rather aggressively at times) why I /you wouldn’t jump into action & free that animal from its net. And the truth is that a Stellar Sea lion is an extremely aggressive animal.. these are in no way the small seals you see people manhandling to remove nets from in videos. Males are upwards of 1,000 lbs + and would absolutely attack if you approached a harem (it’s mating group). An even more important consideration is that during birthing season when the pups are young the relationship between mom and pup is crucial. Aggravating seals during this period can force them to leave their pups onshore (they cannot swim when young) while they enter the ocean, chances are they will not find their pups again. The amount of dead, lost and trampled (by males) pups we saw was really soul crushing to see firsthand. I would venture to say that attempting to remove something like this during the wrong time of year & without proper skill can and will be way more devastating to their cycle of life than wearing this net. 
I share this as not only a healthy reminder but also a word of advice to those wanting to make a difference. Be careful & educate yourself as best you can. I applaud anyone that wants to make a difference but most of what we see online comes with little to no context of the backstory, history or preparation involved.. which is always important so that you are fully prepared for how YOU can make a difference. .
PS- it smelled like  .

PSS - bombarding someone with messages of how they “should” have done something is a poor way to create positive change.
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It’s complicated. As much as we all want to “help” in a situation where we see human waste affecting wildlife, the best practice is always to make sure you are first and foremost Educated & secondly Experienced when handling wild animals. For example

Our mission to sail the entire chain of the Lofoten islands last October, also known as the Lofoten Wall,  was met with many challenges.. specifically poor weather during our multiple crossings that were anything but smooth. You might even call them Vomit inducing 🤮. Either way we finished our objective and like all good expeditions we suffered in the process of achieving our goal. This night in Trollfjord was the calmest of the trip. There was boundless gratitude this windless for safe harbors amongst storms. Something you really learn to appreciate whilst living on a boat.
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Our mission to sail the entire chain of the Lofoten islands last October, also known as the Lofoten Wall, was met with many challenges.. specifically poor weather during our multiple crossings that were anything but smooth. You might even call them

Oregon It’s been too long. 
Teaching is a funny thing for me, I often soak up more inspiration from students than they ever know. There is a purity to their excitement about photography that reminds me of why it’s such an amazing gift to share.  Grateful to meet & teach so many of you at the @sonyalpha Kando event today. Sunrise till sundown Oregon delivered.
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Oregon It’s been too long. Teaching is a funny thing for me, I often soak up more inspiration from students than they ever know. There is a purity to their excitement about photography that reminds me of why it’s such an amazing gift to share. Grat

I’ve seen the wind rage here so uncontrollably that it blew a tent 100 ft into the air & water droplets felt like nails hitting your skin. Seeing a day this calm is hard to comprehend... didn’t even think it was the same planet. 
How’s the double sun flare at the end?! @mattrfoley @benweiland @jefftaylr
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I’ve seen the wind rage here so uncontrollably that it blew a tent 100 ft into the air & water droplets felt like nails hitting your skin. Seeing a day this calm is hard to comprehend... didn’t even think it was the same planet. How’s the double sun

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A Sunday spent in nature. My wife & I truly cherish our family time... we have always preserved Sundays for family, an opportunity to reflect back on the week and how we could have done better & most importantly church. These Sunday’s away from home are usually the moments I miss them most. Spending time in nature, reflecting on the beauty of this planet is as close as I can get to them when I’m away.
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A Sunday spent in nature. My wife & I truly cherish our family time... we have always preserved Sundays for family, an opportunity to reflect back on the week and how we could have done better & most importantly church. These Sunday’s away from home

@markomcinnis I couldn’t be more proud of you for shooting this photo. I still remember you calling me out of the blue 10 years ago asking me to teach you a bit about photography.. I was still just trying to figure it out myself when we spent 2 days just talking about everything I thought I knew at the time. You drove down from Oregon & slept in your car outside my small house. I was like dang this dude is dedicated.  Watching your career blossom, seeing your dedication has at times brought me to tears & this photo stands as a testament to your dedication to the craft. Seeing this photo on the cover of @surfer_magazine gives me all the same goosebumps when I got my first cover. Proud of you, love you and will always be your fan. 
@joshmulcoy you ain’t bad yourself :) .

I’m so grateful to share the film from the trip & a slideshow at my studio in Pismo Beach next Saturday the 17th.  Mark will be on hand signing prints and @joshmulcoy will be there sharing his new film. Please come out and support my brother Mark! 
Details & tickets in my bio link or here https://bit.ly/2YDPdTv
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@markomcinnis I couldn’t be more proud of you for shooting this photo. I still remember you calling me out of the blue 10 years ago asking me to teach you a bit about photography.. I was still just trying to figure it out myself when we spent 2 days

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Maybe it’s just meaningless data?
Or could a photo can be more than that. Often when I study photographs the more significant they seem to become.. like this image of darkness & light both competing for equal space and yet somehow there we are in the middle straddling the line. Balance in everything I guess.
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Maybe it’s just meaningless data? Or could a photo can be more than that. Often when I study photographs the more significant they seem to become.. like this image of darkness & light both competing for equal space and yet somehow there we are in the

Kinda like a toy car left in the sandbox.
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Kinda like a toy car left in the sandbox.

The original frosted tips.
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The original frosted tips.

What now seems like a common tourist stop was once a great adventure during the early years looking for new waves along this stretch of coast. In many ways it still is for anyone that puts on a 5mm wetsuit & 7mm gloves to wrangle a North Atlantic beach break this powerful. I remember laughing once after a particular hairy session that while we were near drowning & getting hypothermic there was someone enjoying warm lamb soup & a coffee less than a 1/4 mile away at a gas station... wouldn’t trade places tho, some of the best times of my life.
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What now seems like a common tourist stop was once a great adventure during the early years looking for new waves along this stretch of coast. In many ways it still is for anyone that puts on a 5mm wetsuit & 7mm gloves to wrangle a North Atlantic bea

Between the two small islands laid a tidal reef where waves broke off in both directions. After staring at this on maps & computer screens for years It was a real gift to see it break. There was a time where this sort of thing would keep me up at night knowing It hasn’t been surfed. But now I’m just content having seen it with my own eyes. The fact that unridden waves like this exist at all brings me such joy.
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Between the two small islands laid a tidal reef where waves broke off in both directions. After staring at this on maps & computer screens for years It was a real gift to see it break. There was a time where this sort of thing would keep me up at nig

This friendly Fox probably thought he had found another mate, sadly it was just his reflection in my wide angle lens. This was one of my first experiences traveling with a group of talented scientists that double as great creatives. Being able to observe animals up close & from afar was a joy. I gained a greater understanding and love, than I ever could have imagined for these islands thanks to their stewardship and wisdom.  #fromkurilswithlove 
@renan_ozturk @taylorfreesolo @_ryanhill_ @rishisugla @jtkerby @tomorrow_unlocked
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This friendly Fox probably thought he had found another mate, sadly it was just his reflection in my wide angle lens. This was one of my first experiences traveling with a group of talented scientists that double as great creatives. Being able to obs

It’s no secret I like to shoot wide angle.. sometimes the wider the better it seems. It could stem from my days shooting fisheye surf photos or maybe that fact that I love the intimacy and closeness that a wide angle provides. Something about feeling apart of the action or in an earshot or the conversation has always been intriguing. My go to lens has always been the 16-35 F2.8 but I regularly use the 12-24 and even the APS-C mount 10-18mm (even if it vignettes a little) in the Kurils.. we were so close to such big volcanoes that it kinda seemed like the best way to document them. 
A7r4 + 10-18mm f4

#fromkurilswithlove 
@renan_ozturk @taylorfreesolo @rishisugla @jtkerby @tomorrow_unlocked
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It’s no secret I like to shoot wide angle.. sometimes the wider the better it seems. It could stem from my days shooting fisheye surf photos or maybe that fact that I love the intimacy and closeness that a wide angle provides. Something about feeling

To have a completely clear day in Ushishir Island is like winning the lottery. This place is typically so foggy you can’t see the shore from the boat let alone the entire caldera. @tedhesser & I made a plan & pointed it straight out to the highest rim we could find for sunset. I think we both underestimated how steep & long the hike was. Chest deep grass & steep inclines made it feel more like climbing than hiking while we pulled ourselves up by the roots 100% committing to them. When we made it to the rim, sweaty & out of breath we found a large hole that had been dug for the size of a small human to fit .. almost as if a perfect viewing platform protected from the wind. We later found out at the ancient Ainu people would dig holes for fortification throughout these islands. I wondered just how many people had seen this piece of history. .

Shot on iPhone / @olloclip 
#fromkurilswithlove 
@renan_ozturk @taylorfreesolo @rishisugla @jtkerby @povel @tomorrow_unlocked
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To have a completely clear day in Ushishir Island is like winning the lottery. This place is typically so foggy you can’t see the shore from the boat let alone the entire caldera. @tedhesser & I made a plan & pointed it straight out to the highest ri

This September I’ll be heading back to Switzerland to spend some time in the alps. I pick a work trip every year that is a bit more focused on reflection & reconnection with nature than photography. I can’t imagine a better place than the On Mountain Hut. 
It’s one of those rare opportunities where I get to invite some people along for the journey and literally turn over the keys so you can enjoy the @on_running Mountain Hut. 
If you want to join.. check out my bio link to enter or here https://bit.ly/2XTjKw0
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This September I’ll be heading back to Switzerland to spend some time in the alps. I pick a work trip every year that is a bit more focused on reflection & reconnection with nature than photography. I can’t imagine a better place than the On Mountain

Back by popular freakin demand - ALPACA merch! And since our last run sold out in 9 hours we added a few more items including the Sneaky Alpaca pocket T. 
Limited edition run, get it while ya can. In my bio or www.chrisburkardshop.com

And if you’re wondering if I’m making a buck of my baby Alpaca Suzy Q’s cuteness the answer is YES! how do you think I pay for that feed, that epic barn they call home ... and how am I gonna buy some new Alpacas babies?! design by the talented @ajwiley.design give him a follow !
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Back by popular freakin demand - ALPACA merch! And since our last run sold out in 9 hours we added a few more items including the Sneaky Alpaca pocket T. Limited edition run, get it while ya can. In my bio or www.chrisburkardshop.com And if you’re

There is always something special about perfect alignment.. when the sun, moon or some kind of celestial body falls perfectly into frame. Maybe I’m just a bit into the superstition of it all, but I feel like maybe some good luck is created when you document things like this. Island of Raikoke, erupting last week in the Kurils. shot on @sonyalpha A7RIV with 12-24 mm F16

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@tedhesser @renan_ozturk @taylorfreesolo @tomorrow_unlocked @rishisugla @jtkerby
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There is always something special about perfect alignment.. when the sun, moon or some kind of celestial body falls perfectly into frame. Maybe I’m just a bit into the superstition of it all, but I feel like maybe some good luck is created when you d

Photo by @jtkerby ... a truly unique vision that I can only imagine a special few have witnessed.. under the right light this cave channels two perfect beams of light. Maybe the ancient Ainu people  celebrated this celestial alignment.
#fromkurilswithlove

@rishisugla @taylorfreesolo @renan_ozturk @tedhesser @_ryanhill_ @povel @tomorrow_unlocked
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Photo by @jtkerby ... a truly unique vision that I can only imagine a special few have witnessed.. under the right light this cave channels two perfect beams of light. Maybe the ancient Ainu people celebrated this celestial alignment. #fromkurilswit

This morning was one I will cherish for the rest of my life. After staring at this tiny island for nearly 6 years on google earth maps it felt like an out of body experience to finally step foot on its distant shores. A sunken Volcanic caldera where fresh water meets salt water & hot springs bubble out of of the ground. A vibrant breeding ground for arctic Fox & more bird species that I can count. For a brief moment we felt a bit like the Lost Boys in Neverland. Every one of these islands needs a border guard permission to visit, It wasn’t until the last minute that we got approval. Thanks  .

#fromkurilswithlove 
@rishisugla @jtkerby @tedhesser @tomorrow_unlocked @renan_ozturk @taylorfreesolo @_ryanhill_ @povel
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This morning was one I will cherish for the rest of my life. After staring at this tiny island for nearly 6 years on google earth maps it felt like an out of body experience to finally step foot on its distant shores. A sunken Volcanic caldera where

Our boat, The Afina, dwarfed by the scale of active volcanoes & thousands of displaced sea birds carries as many crew as passengers. 24 in total. Sailors, engineers, cook, captain, 1st mate etc etc. all with Russian names we are struggling to pronounce, so often exchange smiles or share coffee we brought to show appreciation. Boats traveling in these rough waters are mandated to carry enough crew in case anything goes wrong. We have been lucky with good weather but their stories & videos of evading storms, waking up to boats covered in ash & weeks of bad weather are horrific. .

#FromKurilsWithLove
@taylorfreesolo 
@renan_ozturk
@jtkerby
@tedhesser 
@rishisugla 
@tomorrow_unlocked 
@povel 
@_ryanhill_
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Our boat, The Afina, dwarfed by the scale of active volcanoes & thousands of displaced sea birds carries as many crew as passengers. 24 in total. Sailors, engineers, cook, captain, 1st mate etc etc. all with Russian names we are struggling to pronoun

Moonrise Sunset. For a brief moment everything felt really calm despite being in one of the harshest places in the world. For the last few weeks I have been beta testing the new A7RIV - the new 60 megapixel full frame powerhouse from @sonyalpha . The camera just got released yesterday so I can finally answer all those who have been asking what I have been shooting with on my last few expeditions. In low light & high contrast scenarios, especially like this with dark shadows & bright highlights I heavily rely on the 15 stops of dynamic range to bring back the details. Rain, sleet, salty wind & darn near terrible conditions have been zero issue for the weather-sealing. Shooting something that straddles the line between medium format in a small lightweight expedition worthy package has been insane. Especially when producing work you want to print as large as humanly possible. 
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Moonrise Sunset. For a brief moment everything felt really calm despite being in one of the harshest places in the world. For the last few weeks I have been beta testing the new A7RIV - the new 60 megapixel full frame powerhouse from @sonyalpha . The

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The origin story of #fromKurilswithLove & our rag tag crew of vagabonds began when @renan_ozturk was documenting a North Pole expedition with @povel @tomorrow_unlocked. The two schemed up an adventure of a life time to the Kurils. Actually, rewind. Years prior, the @chrisburkard in his relentless search for beauty was scouring the interwebs for photos of this place. Many of those photos were taken by @e_kaspersky himself, the cyber security expert who has an exuberant love for the Kurils and spearheaded the trip.  Together they began to assemble a crew. That’s where I came in. I wondered if there might be an opportunity to add to the mission of creating epic imagery. Perhaps we could connect real & rigorous scientific perspectives & thus contribute to the efforts of establishing the Kurils as a Marine Protected Area through our stories. I wanted to bring in a “jack of all trades” oceanographer (@rishisugla) who could speak to the health of the marine ecosystem, dive with cameras, and had a desire to communicate the complexities of why, in an era of climate change, traveling this far to tell stories was important & how we could make it worthwhile. For terrestrial communication, no one better than @jtkerby. Jeff and I have been friends since we were in the same arctic climate change ecology lab at PennState. He’s an expert at using drone technology for mapping landscapes and changes in plant biomass - super important data for tracking climate impacts. He’s also a @natgeo photographer and science communicator extraordinare. Aerial magician @_ryanhill_ came aboard as 1st mate to Chris. Free-style rapper and photographer @tedhessler joined as AC to Renan. The unexpected stowaway @bigdaddivladi (Vladimir Burkanov) was a gift from the heavens, a marine mammal scientist who has studied sea lions here for over 30 years. I’m here to herd cats (boys with drones), follow the thru lines of this soon-to-be-film and help direct our cameras & microphones towards the moments of introspection & outrospectrion on the Kurils. On what they are teaching us about mama Earth as a whole & our place in it. Stay tuned : )
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Words @taylorfreesolo The origin story of #fromkurilswithlove & our rag tag crew of vagabonds began when @renan_ozturk was documenting a North Pole expedition with @povel @tomorrow_unlocked. The two schemed up an adventure of a life time to the Kuri

There are few tools that are more essential to a photographer’s ability to perform in the field than a reliable tripod. Over the past few years @peakdesign has been hard at work redesigning what makes a great travel tripod from the ground up. I'm honored to have played a part in this revolutionary new tripod design and after putting it through the works throughout my trip in the Kurils, I'm happy to report that it performs flawlessly!

There is only two days left on the Kickstarter Campaign to fund their new Travel Tripod so make sure to check out the link in my bio to get yours today! https://bit.ly/2ErWCsR
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There are few tools that are more essential to a photographer’s ability to perform in the field than a reliable tripod. Over the past few years @peakdesign has been hard at work redesigning what makes a great travel tripod from the ground up. I'm hon

My first time seeing a Killer whale. There may have been a tear or two shed. First thing I did after was text this photo to my wife & son Jeremiah. It’s amazing that this far away from home, literally the other side of the globe, we can still share these special experiences with those we love most. .  #FromKurilsWithLove
@jtkerby @renan_ozturk @taylorfreesolo @tedhesser @tomorrow_unlocked @rishisugla
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My first time seeing a Killer whale. There may have been a tear or two shed. First thing I did after was text this photo to my wife & son Jeremiah. It’s amazing that this far away from home, literally the other side of the globe, we can still share t

For some places you can ‘love it to death’ by overexposing it via social media.  In the case of this #FromKurilsWithLove film, I thought that may be the case as well and a question we have asked many times to the local director of @WWF in this region and Vladimir Burkanov, the leading scientist who id with us.  The response is the same every time.  This region needs tourism instead of extractive industries and particularly it needs more funding for ongoing research and protection. The images we are creating are specifically working toward that.  This island, Ushishir, as well as many others deserves to be a full on @UNESCO world heritage site. 
Words & video by @renan_ozturk whom is a must follow. 
@taylorfreesolo @jtkerby @tedhesser @rishisugla @tomorrow_unlocked @e_kaspersky @povel @_ryanhill_ @alejandroarango13 @ollyru99 @donreverendo @bigdaddivladi ~
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For some places you can ‘love it to death’ by overexposing it via social media. In the case of this #fromkurilswithlove film, I thought that may be the case as well and a question we have asked many times to the local director of @wwf in this region

I wrote down somewhere that one of my dreams in life has been to photograph an active volcano... I guess I have just seen so many beautiful images of them I figured it would be this transformative experience, but in reality it was actually really eye opening. .
Yesterday we arrived at the newly erupted Raikoke island that had literally just exploded week ago. We were the first media team to document it. I had no clue that this island had mostly been cliffs before we arrived .. almost zero sandy beaches. We walked along virgin shores while steam rose through the sand & burnt the soles of our shoes. Ash in the air stung as it entered our lungs & eyes while we walking along what was once a completely green and lush island. (Google what it used to look like) What became very evident was that this volcano had destroyed any chance of life to continue to thrive on the island. Hundreds of thousand of displaced sea birds were in the sky & water with many dead on the beach. Vladimir our Russian scientist on board confirmed that the Sea Lion rookery had been wiped out leaving only a few stubborn males behind, his camera traps and observation hut also buried in ash. Dead seaweed from the changed ocean PH lined the rocks where we took samples of ash. It was altogether beautiful & terrifying. This photograph makes it appear as it has always looked this way but just weeks prior this island was vibrant green & it’s coastline was extremely different. For a deeper look check @taylorfreesolo ‘s post. 
Shot on @djiglobal Mavic drone. 
For more see @tomorrow_unlocked @renan_ozturk @rishisugla @jtkerby @povel
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I wrote down somewhere that one of my dreams in life has been to photograph an active volcano... I guess I have just seen so many beautiful images of them I figured it would be this transformative experience, but in reality it was actually really eye

On the shores of Yankicha Island we found the most thriving Arctic Fox population I have ever seen. With no natural predators these foxes were unexpectedly curious & their yips & calls could be heard late into the night. Being able to observe this population at close range with a team of scientists was incredible. Photo number 2 show just how inquisitive these fellas are. Most of us woke up to fox piss all over our camping gear & clothes.
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More at @tomorrow_unlocked @renan_ozturk @taylorfreesolo @_ryanhill_ @povel @rishisugla @jtkerby @tedhesser #fromkurilswithlove
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On the shores of Yankicha Island we found the most thriving Arctic Fox population I have ever seen. With no natural predators these foxes were unexpectedly curious & their yips & calls could be heard late into the night. Being able to observe this po

When words aren’t enough we just use pictures to describe our emotions.
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This Kuril exploration has been an incredible collaboration of science, art & discovery. Like this image here, created with @renan_ozturk . Anytime I get a chance to work with him something mind blowing usually happens.
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The journey continues 
@taylorfreesolo @_ryanhill_ @tomorrow_unlocked @povel @rishisugla @jtkerby #fromkurilswithlove
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When words aren’t enough we just use pictures to describe our emotions. . This Kuril exploration has been an incredible collaboration of science, art & discovery. Like this image here, created with @renan_ozturk . Anytime I get a chance to work with

Kuril Islands day 4: Sunrise shines on the small ridge where we made camp on the edge of the Onekatan volcano. Nowhere on this island is protected from the wind. In fact the cold volcanic lake that acts as a mote around the volcanic cone creates an inversion and sucks the clouds over the rim. Lenticular clouds formed all day as we watched clouds move like a swift river over the landscape. We pushed through the hike with 50-80lb packs of camera gear & shot our way through the sunset & crescent moon into night. Sleeping didn’t seem like an option when our Russian team said this was the best conditions that they have ever seen here.
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@renan_ozturk 
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Kuril Islands day 4: Sunrise shines on the small ridge where we made camp on the edge of the Onekatan volcano. Nowhere on this island is protected from the wind. In fact the cold volcanic lake that acts as a mote around the volcanic cone creates an i

It hurts to say that this very low resolution preview image is all that’s left from possibly the most epic flight of my life while documenting the remote & harsh Island of Onekatan last night. Upon landing, gale force winds blew it off a huge cliff rendering our 3 hour rescue mission worthless. We called it off at midnight while @renan_ozturk @tedhesser & I hung from shallow tree roots with headlamps over 80ft cliffs leading to the volcanic lake below. Despite being only 30ft away from our precious memory cards from the expedition the risk wasn’t worth it. To add insult to injury the small thumbnail file was still visible on my phone so we can all appreciate this truly remote beauty. I’ve never cried from losing and image but last night I was pretty close. Onward & upward the journey continues... .
@_ryanhill_ @taylorfreesolo
@jtkerby @rishisugla 
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It hurts to say that this very low resolution preview image is all that’s left from possibly the most epic flight of my life while documenting the remote & harsh Island of Onekatan last night. Upon landing, gale force winds blew it off a huge cliff r

If there is one thing the Kuril Islands have taught me in the last 48 hours it’s that this place holds more mystery than I could have ever imagined. Small bits of satellite WiFi have allowed our team to track the weather & keep y’all updated. 
For more check out :
@taylorfreesolo @renan_ozturk @tedhesser @rishisugla @povel @jtkerby @tomorrow_unlocked @kasperskylab @_ryanhill_ #fromkurilswithlove
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If there is one thing the Kuril Islands have taught me in the last 48 hours it’s that this place holds more mystery than I could have ever imagined. Small bits of satellite WiFi have allowed our team to track the weather & keep y’all updated. For mo

The only moment I stepped off my bike in 52 hours was for this sunrise in the Eastfjords of Iceland. It was the calmest moment of the whole trip... right before the windiest. I took a moment to appreciate it. .
Shot on iPhone with wide angle @olloclip
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The only moment I stepped off my bike in 52 hours was for this sunrise in the Eastfjords of Iceland. It was the calmest moment of the whole trip... right before the windiest. I took a moment to appreciate it. . Shot on iPhone with wide angle @ollocli

“Don’t get thrown in jail again,” was my wife’s last piece of advice before departing to Russia yesterday.  I’m grateful to be coming back to such an amazing country to explore a place I never thought I would have the chance to. I’ll be in and out of service for the next few weeks on a boat but hopefully will be able to share some updates of our #FromKurilsWithLove trip. 
Stay tuned... and these above are from my last Kamchatka trip in 2015
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@_ryanhill_ @tedhesser @renan_ozturk @taylorfreesolo @povel
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“Don’t get thrown in jail again,” was my wife’s last piece of advice before departing to Russia yesterday. I’m grateful to be coming back to such an amazing country to explore a place I never thought I would have the chance to. I’ll be in and out of

Nature has fireworks... they can just be a little hard to find sometimes.
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Nature has fireworks... they can just be a little hard to find sometimes.

Pure New Zealand magic. Every once in a while the planet does something extra special that reminds you just how beautiful this world is. This was one of those nights. Even just looking back at this photo makes me feel a deep appreciation for the place we call home. 
It may not be Earth Day, World Oceans Day, etc., but here’s a sometimes much needed daily reminder of how incredible the planet is. A reminder to treat it well and also to explore it, both equally important in today’s world.
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Pure New Zealand magic. Every once in a while the planet does something extra special that reminds you just how beautiful this world is. This was one of those nights. Even just looking back at this photo makes me feel a deep appreciation for the plac

Straight from Nature. Recorded by the phone and to your eyes. No need for color correction, contrast of any other type of editing when it comes to this type of beauty. Just the right angle of the sun, the perfect time of year & a great bush pilot to be willing to take you there. This flight was special though as I was able to take up my mom for her first international trip of her entire life. Joined by my wife who is scared of flying but still managed to walk away in love with these landscapes. Another flying lesson in the books with @volcanopilot
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Straight from Nature. Recorded by the phone and to your eyes. No need for color correction, contrast of any other type of editing when it comes to this type of beauty. Just the right angle of the sun, the perfect time of year & a great bush pilot to

843 miles - I’m very much alive. Maybe more than I’ve ever been. I never would have ever envisioned the last 6 months of training would have paid off in this way... but in the end it wasn’t the training or the bike or even the nutrition. It was the crazy, incredible outpouring of support from people like yourself & my close family and friends that kept me going... and I mean that in the most honest way. Dark, cold, windy & absolutely soul crushing conditions... those simple words of inspiration were tear jerking . For 52.5 hours I rode as fast as I could around Iceland nonstop, Setting a new speed record....
I figured I would sum up the experience with a little debrief of the highlights:
•started nervous & way too excited. Took the lead early •crashed on the first gravel section from swapping bikes too soon •Rode epic tailwind through fjords •flew into a wet roundabout too fast and instead of hitting the brakes I just sent it off-road down an embankment. Barely pulled it •watched the sunset & sunrise for 5 hours •first 100 miles in 4h40min & 200 miles sub 10 hours •I made a deal with my bladder and didn’t get off the bike for the first 200 miles •started putting small amounts of caffeine into the system •small knee pain •small butt pain •reached Myvatn ( most northern point) & rode through the arctic desert to Eglissstadur •never realized it got this hot in iceland •can’t drink enough liquid •sat down for 15 minutes, tried to sleep but muscles started seizing •Ate French fries.. salt is the best thing ever •long gravel climb & scary gravel descent on Oxi pass • watched 2nd sunset & sunrise •millions of flies flying into mouth & ears •beautiful red skies should have been warning sign •oil glass ocean riding through the Fjords •massive lenticular clouds over Jokulslarlon •2-3 hours of windiest conditions I’ve ridden in •Nearly blown off bike multiple times •No sleep for 50+ hours •Wind stopped and the rain started •started yelling at sheep to stay awake •caffeine pills •listened to the same playlist 10x •started shivering & feeling hypothermic •delirium started setting in •200 miles to go •random friends & people waving me on •pee is yellow • CONTINUED IN COMMENTS
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843 miles - I’m very much alive. Maybe more than I’ve ever been. I never would have ever envisioned the last 6 months of training would have paid off in this way... but in the end it wasn’t the training or the bike or even the nutrition. It was the c

To truly know a place you have to allow yourself to experience it under all conditions. No more running to the car when it starts to piss rain or zipping up the tent flap when it’s windy. I have been to Iceland 34 times and always felt a need to give piece of myself to the places I love. So in the name of “vision quests” or bucket list items or simply getting way outside your comfort zone I signed up to race 843 miles nonstop around the entire island on the famous ring road as apart of the @wowcyclothon . I am shooting for a 60 hour (ish) finish which doesn’t leave much time for sleep.

I’ll be offline but can feel y’alls support! Thanks to my wife @brea_face for the endless patience during training, @handsomerobinson for coming out to support me & taking over my IG stories to document. Link to track my progress is in my bio.  @iamspecialized @hammernutrition @envecomposites @isak4x4iceland
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To truly know a place you have to allow yourself to experience it under all conditions. No more running to the car when it starts to piss rain or zipping up the tent flap when it’s windy. I have been to Iceland 34 times and always felt a need to give

When it comes to the camera, Dynamic Range is the truly the most important feature I look for. At 14 stops of dynamic range you have the ability to preserve critical parts of the image when shooting in harsh conditions. It can help find detail in the shadows & preserve the highlights... above and beyond a cameras megapixel count or low light sensitivity it’s the dynamic range that makes the difference if you find yourself shooting in these types of harsh conditions. Learning to full utilize this tool or feature takes a bit of time to learn, but all good things with the camera often do :) Shot in Lofoten Norway
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For those wondering this isn’t a feature that can be created it’s built into the sensor.
I am shooting here with a Sony a7riii
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When it comes to the camera, Dynamic Range is the truly the most important feature I look for. At 14 stops of dynamic range you have the ability to preserve critical parts of the image when shooting in harsh conditions. It can help find detail in the

Hope your Solstice was sunny & full of stoke. 🤙
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Hope your Solstice was sunny & full of stoke. 🤙

All the religious symbolism in the world cannot stop this wave from being utterly terrifying. I drowned nearly 30 grand worth of camera year the next morning at this wave on a small boat and went home early. It was a true career defining moment that I was lucky to survive.
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All the religious symbolism in the world cannot stop this wave from being utterly terrifying. I drowned nearly 30 grand worth of camera year the next morning at this wave on a small boat and went home early. It was a true career defining moment that

A collision of two vastly different landscapes created by the same force of wind, water and time. Within the western US, the Colorado Great Sand Dunes National Park is one of my favorite landscapes to explore. .
I’m sharing a few more of my personal favorite parks & public lands I hope you get a chance to explore at @pewenvironment
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A collision of two vastly different landscapes created by the same force of wind, water and time. Within the western US, the Colorado Great Sand Dunes National Park is one of my favorite landscapes to explore. . I’m sharing a few more of my personal

If you find yourself in Denver for Outdoor Retailer this week I’ll be signing off Free prints Wednesday at the @blackdiamond booth from 1-2pm & Thursday at @medterracbd from 1-2pm. Come out, say hi and hang a bit! .
Also teaching a one day intensive photo workshop this Friday. 1 spot remaining. Details > bio link www.ChrisBurkard.com/events
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If you find yourself in Denver for Outdoor Retailer this week I’ll be signing off Free prints Wednesday at the @blackdiamond booth from 1-2pm & Thursday at @medterracbd from 1-2pm. Come out, say hi and hang a bit! . Also teaching a one day intensive

Bumped by sharks, broken boards, savage storms and a route that had never been done. Let’s put it this way.. more people have stood on Everest than paddled the entire West Coast. Adventures are best to be shared. Twin brothers Casey and Ryan shared one of the craziest together prone paddling from Alaska to Mexico, and the next two days are your last chance to share in the film they made. The epic part about social media is getting to share things that inspire me-I know it will do the same for you. Check out their kickstarter at @byhandproject photo- @colin_nearman
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Bumped by sharks, broken boards, savage storms and a route that had never been done. Let’s put it this way.. more people have stood on Everest than paddled the entire West Coast. Adventures are best to be shared. Twin brothers Casey and Ryan shared o

Leaving the warmth & sun of California and heading to Denver for Outdoor Retailer Trade show this week. If you are around I’m doing a few free print signings & teaching a workshop. More info soon!
After that heading to Iceland for a bike race. See y’all on the road!
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Leaving the warmth & sun of California and heading to Denver for Outdoor Retailer Trade show this week. If you are around I’m doing a few free print signings & teaching a workshop. More info soon! After that heading to Iceland for a bike race. See y’

This experience they call Fatherhood has been the greatest gift I could have ever been given. I still remember being 25 years old.. coming home from my first trip to Japan where I shot a cover story for Surfer magazine and I was buzzing with excitement. I came home to my wife @brea_face who announced by holding up a onesie .. that we were pregnant. I  don’t even remember the words that came out of my mouth but I’m sure they were some type of supportive mumble. But the truth was I was scared sh*tless, trembling and more afraid then I’ve ever been. I’ve dealt with my fair share of insecurity as a young dad raising two boys.. the added pressure of not growing up with my Father made me question myself In many ways. I would say that for me personally there has been nothing that has provided more growth more healing and pride than raising these two with my amazing wife @brea_face .
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This experience they call Fatherhood has been the greatest gift I could have ever been given. I still remember being 25 years old.. coming home from my first trip to Japan where I shot a cover story for Surfer magazine and I was buzzing with exciteme

You can’t fake a smile wearing a 5mm wetsuit while surfing near the Arctic, your cheek muscles just wont let you. .. which is what made making this film with these gals so incredible, world champ @stephaniegilmore @lacurren & @kassiasurf were such a joy. It could have been a northern lights induced hysteria or the mushrooms... hahah, but everyone was genuinely stoked when the weather got terribly cold, cars broke down and we got stuck for hours on mtn passes. @connanmockasin & andrew vanwyngarden probably had something to do with the stoke factor too. 
These gals made this trip one of my favorites. 
Tonight im in LA for the sold out premier of the film @selfdiscoveryforsocialsurvival check it soon online or check for dates www.sdssfilm.com
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You can’t fake a smile wearing a 5mm wetsuit while surfing near the Arctic, your cheek muscles just wont let you. .. which is what made making this film with these gals so incredible, world champ @stephaniegilmore @lacurren & @kassiasurf were such a

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