Chris Burkard – Get Inspired by Masters

April 18

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Chris Burkard would rather jump off the steepest rock into ice-cold water than shoot glamorous, accessible, and crowded places.

Chris Burkard is a self-taught photographer and artist based in the Central Coast of California. He’s one of those photographers who would rather jump off the steepest rock into ice-cold water than shoot glamorous, accessible, and crowded places.

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PHOTOGRAPHY GENRE: Surf, lifestyle, outdoor, travel

AWARDS: Over 20 awards including People’s Choice in the Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown 2018 and 2nd place in The World Open of Photography 2012

CLIENTS: Over 100 clients including Apple, Sony, Microsoft, The North Face, Patagonia, Volkswagen, American Airlines, Olympus, and the BBC

CAMERAS: a7R III, a9, a7S II, a6500, a77 II

LENSES FOR THE A7R III & A7S II: 16–35mm f/2.8, 24–70mm f/2.8, 70–200mm f/2.8, 100–400mm f/4–5.6, 28mm f/2 w/ fisheye adapter, 35mm f/1.4, 55mm f/1.8, Batis 25mm f/2, Sigma 20mm f/1.4 w/ adapter

LENSES FOR THE A6500: 10–18mm f/4, 16–70mm f/4, Sony 16mm 2.8 w/ fisheye adapter

TRIPOD: Gitzo Mountaineer and Traveler Series

Chris’s greatest belief is that surfing, travel, and photography come together in great harmony. Combining them makes for really special moments and memories. Exploring the most remote areas of Norway, Iceland, or Alaska – that’s what stirs Chris’s blood and lures him into new adventures.

Even in the coldest place, in the Arctic circle, with swollen lips, sunken eyes, and blood leaving my hands to save vital organs, I can find great joy.

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Frigid Surf by Chris Burkard

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Post Surf by Chris Burkard

Chris is inspired by the most remote and rugged parts of the world, where he can capture the most unique scenes. Finding an authentic beach with chunks of ice on the shore is what gets his creative juices flowing. 

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Arctic Chilling by Chris Burkard

One of my favorite things about these places is simply the challenge and creativity to get there – it took hours, days, week searching on Google and trying to pinpoint any remote beach we can get to.

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Iceland by Horseback by Chris Burkard

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Because surfing tropical places is just not my kinda thing. — Chris Burkard

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Havasu by Chris Burkard

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Arctic Swells by Chris Burkard

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Nicaraguan Encounters by Chris Burkard

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Bodysurfing Beauty by Chris Burkard

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Ultimate Hammock by Chris Burkard

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Alaska by Chris Burkard

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Sunday Vibes! by Chris Burkard

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Aurora by Chris Burkard

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