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Chris Burkard’s Wide-Angle View Of Mallorca's Free Climbers

A lens is more than the sum of its parts. It's more than just perspective and apertures and coatings and exotic glass formulas. The best photographers and filmmakers don't choose their lenses by accident. It's why you hear so many leading creators talk about the "feel" that they get when they use a certain lens.  

Sony Artisan Chris Burkard loves dramatic landscapes and telling the stories of athletes within those settings. When he recently traveled to Mallorca to document solo climbing and the climbers doing it over the deep waters that Mallorca is famous for, he knew he wanted to capture it from a wide-angle view. “If you see things in a wide angle perspective, you’re kind of looking to get intimate,” he explains. “You’re looking to get close to your subject. I want to be right on the wall, showing the curvature.” To achieve this, while in Mallorca he reached for lenses like the Sony 14mm f/1.8 G Master or 24mm f/1.4 G Master.

Watch as Sony Artisan Chris Burkard captures deep water solo climbing in Mallorca with his wide-angle G Master lenses.

“I want to show the beginning, middle and end of my story in this one frame. In many ways, the wide angle lens, it feels like an extension of who I am.”

Watch more from Burkard's wide-angle perspective of freeclimbing in beautiful Mallorca:


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