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

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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 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 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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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. #FromKurilsWithLove
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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 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. #FromKurilsWithLove

ladzinski Stunning @chrisburkard 🙌🏻

roam Wild moments all around

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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 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 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 : )

roam It’s been such an amazing trip to follow , with an all-star crew

taylormichaelburk Almost as beautiful as the state of Delaware.

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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 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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2 days ago
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 these special experiences with those we love most. . #FromKurilsWithLove @jtkerby @renan_ozturk @taylorfreesolo @tedhesser @tomorrow_unlocked @rishisugla

roam What a feeling to experience! 🙌

twheat Wow

2 days ago
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 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 ~

forestwoodward Beauty! Good words too. Looks like the second half or your caption got cut short though

tobyharriman Dang this is insane Chris!!! 🔥🔥🔥🔥

3 days ago
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 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

4 days ago
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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 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. . More at @tomorrow_unlocked @renan_ozturk @taylorfreesolo @_ryanhill_ @povel @rishisugla @jtkerby @tedhesser #fromkurilswithlove

5 days ago
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 him something mind blowing usually happens..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 him something mind blowing usually happens. . The journey continues @taylorfreesolo @_ryanhill_ @tomorrow_unlocked @povel @rishisugla @jtkerby #fromkurilswithlove

hipcamp Spectacular.

nixon Just wow 😳🥇

6 days ago
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..@renan_ozturk @tedhesser @_ryanhill_ @taylorfreesolo #fromkurilswithlove
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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 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. . @renan_ozturk @tedhesser @_ryanhill_ @taylorfreesolo #fromkurilswithlove

chelseakauai Holy beauuuuitful though. ✨ Wind be darned those are the Best conditions ever!

roam Never sleep! Beautiful experiences

1 weeks ago
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 @tomorrow_unlocked #fromkurilswithlove
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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 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 @tomorrow_unlocked #fromkurilswithlove

roam You have the memories!

roam Nothing wrong with a good nature cry.

2 weeks ago
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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 more check out : @taylorfreesolo @renan_ozturk @tedhesser @rishisugla @povel @jtkerby @tomorrow_unlocked @kasperskylab @_ryanhill_ #fromkurilswithlove

grizkid You gotta go see those white-phase brown bears that live there

ladzinski Amazing @chrisburkard 🙌🏻

2 weeks ago
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