At the far end of the lake the glacier had created a tiny cove where it almost seemed to be protecting its small amount of ice it had calved over the winter. As the ice slowly drifts into the lake it eventually makes its way to the far shore, runs aground... and spends its last days melting in the sun.
Often emulated, never duplicated... Happy Birthday Ansel Adams & thanks for inspiring a generation of photographers to seek out that perfect light and decisive moment. You have encouraged many sleepless nights & long backpacking trips through the Sierra camera in hand. Learning your process as I dug through your archives & read your hand written notes and letters was as a highlight of my career. @anseladams - follow this dedicatory account for more Inspiration! @cntrforcreativephoto
This was shot 12 years ago. We kept chasing this day year after year & never found it again. The early days of cold water surf exploration were pretty mind blowing. Especially since it has only became really accessible as wetsuit technology has advanced. It opened up so much for those willing. We drove out on this sandpit to examine a perfect right wedge we had spotted from afar. The sandbar has created something near perfect. We surfed until we couldn’t feel our faces, hands or feet. The wind was offshore and killed the already fading swell. We camped on this black sand beach just near the wave. & enjoyed the clearest most windless night of the trip. I slept outside next to @timmyturnerferal & a driftwood Fire. We watched the northern lights for the first time. In the morning the wave was completely gone.. washed out by the river mouth & back to being just another headland where puffing nested. @joshmulcoy always joked that is was a mirage... . @hammered_sam pictured above has spent more time in a 5mm than most people I know. It shows.
For as loud as my hear-beats felt in my chest it was completely silent during the eclipse. An owl glided slowly in front me confused as I was about what was happening. Animals revealed themselves. Pressing the shutter & putting an eye to the viewfinder felt like an abomination while bearing witness to such beauty. Yet still desire to document was burning inside and on impulse I pushed the trigger till the darkness was gone. . @garrison_rowland In Smith Rock Oregon Photo 2 - I try to explain to @russell_holliday what I saw.
I’ve always felt strongly that personal branding & design should come from a place of true inspiration. Something that represents not only your work but you as a person. Over the last 6 months I have dragged @1924us over the coals to create a new logo & branding family for my production studio, Burkard Studio. He is one of the most patient people I know 😊. I wanted it to be very simple, personal & as authentic as possible which is why I included the images I took that majorly inspired this re-design in my slideshow. Take a look.. check out all the variations & lemme know what you think & as always .. thank creatives who bring our visions to life. @1924us
These days teaching others how to create images is as fulfilling as shooting the photos myself. Next week I’m heading to Portland, Seattle, Vancouver & the UK to teach photography & speak about my creative process & life lessons behind the camera. For tickets & details check my bio or www.ChrisBurkard.com/events
Sitting for tin type portrait can be a soul stirring process. The detail, depth of field and natural sepiatone is lost on digital cameras.. not to mention watching your portrait literally come to life. Video one is a finished 8x10 wet plate collodion in a water bath. Video two is watching the image come to life in the fixer. No wonder people thought photos stole your soul. Thanks for being a friend and mentor @conradfilm , grateful to be able to learn from you this lost art.
Lesson: Always have your camera on you. The story behind the photo is pretty simple... It was February on the southeast coast of Iceland & I had returned to try and photograph a wave that had always been lacking swell during my summer trips. Winter seemed like the best option. We parked, hike up over the frozen dunes and made our way toward the beach. The surf was high & the sound of the sea was a continuous roar. We finally got a view of the beach and just at the high tide line two Icelandic horses were making their way in unison toward the surf. I fumbled to grab my small camera out of my jacket and take a photo. They marched toward the water. Stopped and turned around for home. The moment happened so fast.. no time to adjust settings or do “another take” the moment was there and gone. Yelling over the sound of the waves was impossible. I later learned they were the landowner Omar’s horses and I made a big print for his house. This photo has always been a good lesson that when I’m working I never leave without the camera, and more importantly it should be preset & ready to actually take a photo, not tucked away in a backpack in need of a settings adjustment.