Have Camera, Will Travel. LDS•Photographer•Speaker•Director @burkgnar
Have Camera, Will Travel. LDS•Photographer•Speaker•Director @burkgnar
In Tahiti there is only one way to get the days surf forecast... ask a local.
Depending on how you use it, a fisheye can be a blessing or a curse for photography. The ultra wide 180° point of view can virtually show you everything, allowing you to get super close & document in tight quarters. You often lose any sort of shallow depth of field and instead create the opposite affect where everything is in focus even at a relatively shallow f-stop. It also seems to pull in a kaleidoscope of color as well when shooting a landscape with sunshine. The crux of the lens is always the distortion. A slight tilt up or down can make any sort of horizon become bent or any subject too close begin to distort. I find the more you use the lense outside of the typical “action sports” photography the more you find it’s sweet spot where horizon lines are straight and zero distortion is found. Still a lens I love to have in my quiver despite its bad reputation 😅
‘Under an Arctic Sky’ will be showing in my hometown of San Luis Obispo on Feb 21st alongside an amazing night of music. I’ll be sharing an intimate slideshow along with a Q & A. Join me for this fundraiser event for a local charter school at @pacslo Tickets in my bio. Proceeds to benefit @sloclassicalacademy
Layers. The more, the better.
In the moment it can be really hard for creativity to sink in, or rather, for the full weight of what you are trying to document to be realized. Looking back through images weeks, months or in this case years later, I often see what I was trying to portray. In the case of my assignment to document the Tasman Glacier my eye was drawn to the rim light on the moraine leading to the glacial tongue, the mountains shadow on the water & the small glaciers in the bay providing scale.
‘Under an Arctic sky’ will be showing in San Luis Obispo at @pacslo on Feb 21 - this will be a fundraiser event with music, films & story telling with an in depth slideshow about filmmaking & photojournalism. Proceeds to benefit @sloclassicalacademy Tickets in my bio or here : PACSLO.org
Milford Sound continued... while standing atop Mitre Peak was incredible, the full weight of Milford Sound’s profound beauty cannot be experienced unless you are on the water, surrounded by its mountains. I have kayaked all over the world but this fjord honestly felt terrifying. Deep, dark water & ominous with walls so steep that trying to find an escape route would be impossible. Vegetation clung to near vertical cliff faces demonstrating its resilience in such a hostile environment.
Even the shadow of Mitre peak is impressive to behold. The rare view from the top was a spectacle as you sit exactly 1 mile high. Sun wrapped around the fjord giving an almost mirrored perspective in the shadow. This was from a job with @coreyrichproductions a few years ago. My first time in Milford.
Colorado... thanks for the good times. I’m constantly in awe of the diversity of your landscape in every changing season I get to experience. Hoping to get back in summer & catch the perfect light of the monsoon season.
You know those jungle gyms you used to play on at the park? Some people never stopped @nathaniel .coleman
Alaska has been on my mind a lot lately. I tend to reflect on each trip there as a critical lesson in my personal progression. It’s more than the open space, wild landscape, hearty people or even the animal life that brings you to a greater sense of self awareness. It’s the fact that to do pretty much anything worthwhile in Alaska you have to get outside of the safe & routine and often completely submit yourself to nature.
It doesn’t last long, so make sure to take full advantage of the beauty that is California’s short rainy season. The entire state has turned into a vibrant green that sadly changes quickly to brown. I’ve said too many times to count that I’ll come back and photograph something that caught my eye when I pass it. As you know that never happens... time is now.
I’ll be premiering ‘ELUDE’ the new surf film by @perrygershkow this Saturday night at my studio along with a book signing & presentation by @lawrence_photo on ‘CITY SURF’ a documentation of unprivileged youth connecting with the ocean. We have be doing some giveaways as well. $10 dollars at the door or get a ticket in my bio 6-9pm. Food + Drinks etc.
Camouflaged by nature. The shadows make silhouetted castles and draw you in, sometimes my favorite photos are ones where you lose sight of the subject in the image. I think that’s my goal whenever I’m outside, to lose sight of myself as well.
Few things hold your attention like an unridden wave. One could say that is the real beauty behind riding them... you learn to appreciate the ones you don’t get just as much.
When Chris climbs... people gather. Whether on land or water he always seems to attract a crowd. I’ve been lucky to document @chris_sharma climbing in Japan, Iceland, Mallorca, California and more. There are few people out there better to put in front of your lens. The spontaneity, creative and passion he puts into his climbing is second to none.
Join me January 25 at my studio as we premier ‘ELUDE’ the new surf film from @perrygershkow We will also be supporting City Surf - a book project by @lawrence_photo documenting surfers connecting underrepresented youth to the ocean through surfing. Come and support two rad projects. Food truck, kombucha, Film & slideshow. 6-9pm $10 Tickets at the door or https://bit.ly/30i2jDn
Our first view of the Onekotan caldera. Our intention was to climb the stratovolcano by crossing the lake on small inflatable boats that we had hiked to rim. But after looking at the deep caldera lake & the wind the wrapping around it we decided it wasn’t a good call to put hundreds of pounds of precious camera gear in a small makeshift raft & attempt the crossing. It was a hard goal to walk away from on such a clear & beautiful day but overall a smart one. @taylorfreesolo @renan_ozturk @rishisugla @jtkerby @tomorrow_unlocked
My favorite glacial river image? That has always been a hard decision to make when picking between 100’s of thousands editing my new book ‘At Glaciers End’. But this one has always stood out as a personal favorite. We almost used it for the cover. To describe why one image is better than another “personally” is nearly impossible... for me it’s all about the the transition water makes from the glacier in the background to small pools forming at the base. Then intricately weaving their through the seasonal greens forming on the tundra in summer, the beginnings of patterns we know as glacial rivers. This photo really shows the birth of a river. Tonight I’m in NYC doing a booksigning, slideshow from 6:30-9pm the @backcountry pop up shop. We are raising funds for Iceland conservation & The Nature Conservancy through print sales. Tickets are sold out but a few might be available at the door! @blackdiamond Can’t thank you you all enough for making this book such a success!