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My dad taught me to measure wealth by the joy that fills your home. I’m grateful to know the difference of what it feels like to have a life with & without a father, makes me appreciate the example a lot more. These photographs are from one of our yearly traditions, spending a week hiking in the yosemite backcountry. We’ve logged a few hundred miles in this valley over the years. A good reminder that the best memories for us have always been created outdoors.
Yosemite National Park
I’m kinda ashamed to say that at times I get really frustrated when shooting landscapes. When in a place this beautiful you shouldn’t feel anything but Joy right? As I walked to the end of the boardwalk in Milford sound I was expecting a composition to just jump out at me. But as I looked around at the midday sunlight during our only clear window I realized that I was probably gonna be stuck shooting the same photograph that is on the postcards at the gift shop. Mid morning light is usually the harshest time of day to shoot & typically when I like to put my camera away, but in this case I just had to make due. So I started to explore hoping to curb my frustration, and as I looked up I saw these incredible tree branches that loomed overhead. I slung the camera around my back & started to climb...the older couple below me sitting on the bench probably thought I was some next level creep as I humped the tree branches in shorts getting further and further on the limb. I changed the lens to a fisheye to accentuate the branches & pushed my f-stop to F16 to create the star burst affect. I was probably talking to myself but some kind of excitement started to form as I began to create photos that felt different.
I created a short video about my experience in NZ & shared some of my tips for shooting and editing, check out the link in my bio for how i use @lightroom and @photoshop .
Or here: https://adobe.ly/2l44TJf
Milford Sound, New Zealand
I’d always hoped someday to just disappear into history .. leaving behind images that meant more in my absence.
By far my favorite printed pictures aren’t the ones hanging on my gallery walls or even the walls of my own house. It’s the handful of photos that hang on the walls of my parents house where some of my first images sit.
I’m doing a Fathers Day sale of all my books & prints. 20% off with code: CBFATHERSDAY at
My children’s book ‘The Boy Who Spoke To Earth’ is back in stock.
Chris Burkard's Studio
My love and passion for landscapes has shaped who I am as a photographer, and how I create images. I recently took a trip to New Zealand with Adobe to shed some light on my perspective. I’ve been editing my work in Lightroom for almost a decade. If you want to get more details on my post-processing, check out the link in my bio for @lightroom and @photoshop tips.
Or check it here: https://adobe.ly/2l44TJf
I’ve learned over the years that conceptualizing a photograph & bringing it to life can be just a rewarding as finding a perfect random moment. This was the marriage of both.
History says this place was an outlaw hideout for Butch Cassidy & the Wild bunch gang. An endless washboard road that feels like it will vibrate your vehicle to pieces leads to a series of thin slot canyons in every direction. Some were so tight a inhale could hold you in place & a deep exhale is the only way move through. Dropping into one of these canyons knowing the only realistic way out is through it, can feel pretty committing & equally as rewarding when you finally see the light at the literal end of the tunnel. .
#worldoceansdayin the mountains.
Thankful for this canvas we get to paint everyday.
More than a place, a feeling.
Only once have I seen an Aurora so bright that the snow reflected green.
Denali National Park
Spending 6 hours in a 5mm wetsuit with 7mm gloves & booties will have this affect on you. What a good feeling it is. .
Just a reminder. Take a deep breath.
Just knowing that this is out there gives me anxiety, sleeplessness & at times a giddy excitement that rivals most teenagers the day they get their first car. The prospect of chasing surf in the remote often frigid corners of the world has been, in many ways, a life’s mission that I hope never ends. This day in Alaska was one I never saw coming. A small window of time gave way to a perfect size swell and even better weather conditions in the middle of March. All the planning & prep can’t really make up for a genuine stroke of luck.
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