Hey there, my name's Chris but friends usually call me CK.
On any given day, you can usually find me in a chemistry laboratory. I’m lucky enough to use my college degrees and work in the job that I was made for. When I’m not in this natural habitat, I’m elsewhere planning my next trip to a remote destination or bustling urban metropolis. I grew up in the US, where most popular travel destinations are far away from, which is why I moved to Europe some years back. Now with such great places to visit, I’m hard pressed to find a reason to give it up and move back to the US. Alas, my parents still beckon me back.
I used to travel with almost no flexibility but after moving to Europe a few years ago, I’ve realized that efficiency and spontaneity can compliment each other and that the majority of travelers are not on year-long journeys rather, quick holidays. It’s in my nature to research and plan to see the things that I’m most interested in on a trip; however, now I have learned to build in time for the unexpected adventure for the perfect photo and/or experience.
Everywhere I go, I carry my Canon with me in the hopes of capturing amazing moments that are meaningful to me. You will almost always find me behind my camera instead of in front of it. I prefer the destinations to speak for themselves.
My only hope is that when people see my photos and read about my adventures, they are inspired to see these places in person and be able to reflect upon their own personal journey in a positive way.
Q. In terms of new styles/techniques or ever changing camera and equipment technology, what do you do to always keep up with the times?
A. I try to keep up with technology, at least understanding what is newly available. But my main camera is a Canon 5D Mark II which is quite dated. I really feel like if I keep working on my own skills as a photographer, then that will show in my images, regardless of the camera technology.
However, with the advent of more technology, I have furthered challenged myself with capturing different media. For instance, now I have started to develop more time lapses, so my focus is on getting go pro and stable tripod to take the images necessary for that. I have also invested in a drone, which is essentially an extension of my photograph (and videography) skillset.
Q. Where/How can we find your work(s)?
Q. What camera gear do you use? Which is your favorite? Which do you regret buying?
A. My camera gear can be seen here: www.ecskplorer.com/my-gear
In terms of camera gear that I regret buying, the one I use the least of is my underwater camera. I had purchased it while going to the Galapagos but now I would like to invest in a GoPro to replace it.
Q. Please share a photography adventure - big or small.
A. This is a post on my IG feed, where I spelled out something quite personal to me (in the caption) while grabbing this photo:
Q. What is your muse? What would you say your eye is looking for when you are out and about? Do you know you have captured something special right away or only during/after the editing process?
A. I try to work the scene first and see what perspectives I want to capture the photo in, and therefore what mood I would like. When I was in Iceland, everything I captured there reminded me of what a primordial, untouched earth would look like, so I wanted to catch this dark and ominous nature in my photos there. I think the best way of capturing this was to just get photos of one single person (usually me or my gf) in the landscape, to show how we humans are so inconsequential compared to the raw power of nature.
That being said, sometimes ideas come to mind well after the photos has been taken. When I'm messing about in Lightroom, sometimes I will stumble onto an edit that is true to the conditions where the image was captured, but that also generates a strong emotional response from people.
Q. In your travels, have you come across a non-profit charity/cause worth highlighting? If so, what was it called? If not, what cause is worthy of support in your opinion?
A. I must say that I don't know too many charities or non-profits in this way. I did live in South Africa for several months and saw many types of animal refuges, that were not zoos, but were 100% committed to the cause of the animals they protected. One was the Cheetah Sanctuary at Somerset West. I loved their mission. Here is their website: https://www.cheetah.co.za]