If you’re a keen adventurer, you know Chris Burkard. His incredible photography documents untamed and powerful landscapes, giving his three million Instagram followers a window into the farthest expanses of Earth, and highlighting the need to preserve these special places. Pelorus spoke to him about how he got into photography and the greatest lesson he has learned on his travels.
How did you first get into photography?
It started like anything else, just a basic interest in exploring my surroundings. I was surfing with friends and wanted a way to document the experience. So I borrowed my girlfriend’s (now wife) mom’s camera and started shooting film. That was kinda the start. I would go and shoot surfers at the local beach and try to sell them pictures on DVDs. I also shot weddings, senior pictures, and interior store photos. That obviously wasn’t my end goal, but I had to start somewhere.
What cameras do you shoot with?
I shoot with the Sony Mirrorless systems. I typically use the Sony A7rii for about 70 percent of my work. The Sony A7sii is what I shoot for my night and Astro images. This camera was built for sensitivity at High ISO. The A7rii is my go-to for commercial work, the R stands for Resolution and provides unparalleled reproduction for large prints and client’s needs. When I want to strip down and go super light I use the Sony a6500 – I also use this when shooting in the water. This camera is perfect for sports photography, hiking, climbing – anytime you need to be weight conscious.
What is your go-to lens for your work?
My standard kit is the A7RII with a 16-35mm f/4 or 24-70mm f2.8.