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2017-06-25 14:40:59
 
chrisburkard 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 ;)
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 ;)
 
2017-06-24 19:23:20
chrisburkard If you're quiet enough the Trees will tell you stories.
If you're quiet enough the Trees will tell you stories.
2017-06-24 00:49:23
 
chrisburkard 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.
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.
 
2017-06-23 01:07:05
chrisburkard 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.
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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. .
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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.
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.
2017-06-22 08:22:29
 
chrisburkard 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.
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@gowestycampers @eaglecreek
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
 
2017-06-21 13:03:38
chrisburkard Sliding into the first day of summer. .
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@thetorpedopeople
Sliding into the first day of summer. . . @thetorpedopeople
2017-06-21 01:48:05
 
chrisburkard Night light.
Night light.
 
2017-06-20 14:14:28
chrisburkard 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.
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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
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
2017-06-20 05:36:29
 
chrisburkard 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.
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.
 
2017-06-19 15:52:06
chrisburkard 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. .
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@_ryanhill_ @icelandair @geysircarrental
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
2017-06-18 09:35:30
 
chrisburkard The best way I've found to make an experience like this last is to share it with others. 
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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
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
 
2017-06-17 16:21:15
chrisburkard 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. 
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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.artifactuprising.com for details
@1percentftp
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.artifactuprising.com for details @1percentftp
2017-06-16 12:21:05
 
chrisburkard 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.
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#iphone @auroraarktika @haukursigurdsson @visitwestfjords
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
 
2017-06-15 19:01:13
chrisburkard 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
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
2017-06-13 17:12:13
 
chrisburkard 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.
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.
 
2017-06-12 22:24:05
chrisburkard Living waters in Glacier National Park
Living waters in Glacier National Park
2017-06-11 22:02:45
 
chrisburkard 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
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
 
2017-06-11 01:17:29
chrisburkard 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
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
2017-06-10 17:09:58
 
chrisburkard 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.

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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.
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.