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LDS•Photographer•Speaker•Director #chrisburkard @burkgnar

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Years back when this shot was taken, the now famous Gásadalur Waterfall was hardly well known at all. Beyond finding surf in these 14 jagged islands my main goal was to photograph this other worldly waterfall. We spent multiple days here & got what I would call decent conditions... but on the night of one the largest solar flares of that year we traversed 3 islands in the middle of the night and drove for hours for the chance to see northern lights over this landscape. We shared the evening with a German photographer who had done the same thing. Freezing in our cars we waited hours together for the magic to happen. After seeing so many images of this magic place, I still feel lucky to have gotten what may be considered a once in a lifetime moment, as it can be rare to see northern lights this far south.
We illuminated the waterfall with a headlamp for a few seconds while taking this exposure. This was created by one image, all in camera.
Sony A7S
35 f1.4



A few highlights from the last week sailing along Norway’s Lofoten Islands for my photography workshop. As dreamy as it sounds, attempting to sail the entire Lofoten Wall hasn’t been without its moments of terrible weather & rough seas sprinkled with hours of pure joy & bliss ( as you can imagine).. at least those are what we choose to remember.
Check the videos - number 2 is my favorite .. I’m sure you will see why 😉 More In my stories. .

Next week I’m in NYC for one day intensive workshop about building your Brand & Business as a photographer. Details in the bio.



When @shanedenherder invited me to the southwest I had no idea what to expect. I knew that he had flown through some of the most technical terrain in the world & was proficient in almost all conditions but nothing prepared me for this. A tight technical turn underneath a massive sandstone arch, one made famous by a massive rope-swing video. A place he had flown many times. The lengths professionals push themselves always amazes me... and at times the ability to document it can be legitimately scary.
Shot in one of the many public BLM lands the southwest has to offer.



The first step to taking a good aerial photograph is being willing to open the door.



Uncommon perspectives are commonly the hardest to access. For those that appreciate the clarity that comes from isolation in nature or photography, each vertical step is seen as a welcomed challenge, especially when the outcome is unknown. I’ve always felt the ability to smile during & through these experiences, regardless of the outcome (great photo or not) is an awesome character trait, because pretty much anyone can look back with fondness.



After an 8 hour crossing at night with sideways wind & heavy 6 meter seas coming over the boat we shook off the terrible nights sleep, swirling stomachs & wobbly legs to the small island of Værøy, 2nd smallest inhabited island in the Lofoten chain. We were greeted with a short window of decent weather & made the 11mile trek up to one of the most surreal places I’ve witnessed. As if like magic we forgot all about the night before. .
All shot on iPhone
Photo workshop day 1 working with



A crooked horizon, the plane wing poking out in the corner & even a reflection & color cast from the double pane window we were trying to shoot from. Technically speaking the image could be considered a failure in my opinion. But when it comes to revealing the rawness of the place & situation .. this one has it all.
Circumnavigating the active volcano of Mt Cleveland during my documentation of the Aleutian Islands for my conservation grant with @conservationorg



Currently on a plane with nervous excitement to be heading back to where it all began for me. My deep love of cold water, rugged surf & massive granite fjords. This photograph shot over 6 years still feels just as relevant to the style & message of my work. An exploration of a humans place in the world around us.
I’ll be sailing through these islands teaching a photo workshop over the next 8 days looking for slivers of light & rumors of surf while avoiding rain.



Phone wallpapers are back! After a long hiatus I just released two new Phone wallpapers in my newsletter. Sized for pretty much every device out there. Download the images in my bio link or here

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Slowly the fog has disappeared. Every morning has felt a little colder, the nights a little clearer. Fall season is in full affect and as every photographer knows.. Fall is the season of golden fading light, offshore winds, changing leaves and the inevitable beginning of winter. It’s also the time of year I shoot the most. It’s the consistency of Falls epic conditions that give it such a good name amongst photographers. I can’t wait to see what this one brings.



Some of the finest nature has to offer,
Just a small piece of what the world has given us.
@ellithor takes in his local grandeur.



The light paints the landscape.
I’m just an observer.