The official photo blog of J. David Buerk Photography.

Official Communications

Hello photography friends, I just wanted to take a moment to reiterate that all official communications with J. David Buerk - Photography are through myself (David; hi!), and only through my official contact channels and social media profiles. If you encounter any profile that you are unsure or suspicious of, claiming to be me, or conducting business on my behalf, immediately cease communications and please report any suspicious behavior like this to my email,

Why I’m Bringing This Up

Although I haven’t received any reports of impersonation, I was recently contacted on one of my official social media profiles by a new, blank profile bearing my name, asking for basic information, which is why I am disseminating this cautionary message.

Official Lines of Communication

Below I am listing all official J. David Buerk - Photography communication outlets and social media profiles; please only interact with these lines of communication (and please Like / Follow / Subscribe / etc if you don’t already!):

NOTE: My old domain ( redirects to this site.

NOTE: My old email ( still works! In fact, both emails are the exact same account and inbox. I also accept PGP encrypted email; ask for my key.


Client Galleries (hosted by SmugMug):

NOTE: This URL was changed to mirror my other social media URLS on March 5th, 2019; the old URL ( does not work anymore, as Facebook does not allow masks or redirects.




NOTE: Not regularly monitored; please direct messages to

NOTE: Google+ is shutting down April 2nd, 2019; read why here.

NOTE: I am not presently active on Snapchat; this profile is not regularly monitored for snaps / messages - please direct all communication to the above email / phone number / social media profiles instead, but feel free to follow in the event I do begin using this profile.

Personal Accounts

I also have personal accounts at many of the services above, and others not listed; I do not use my personal accounts for business purposes, and if I am contacted for business on one of my personal accounts, I will always direct you toward my email, phone number, website, and / or social media profiles listed above. If you encounter an account seemingly impersonating me, either a personal or business account, or to conduct business or not, please notify me immediately.

Thank You, My Fans

Old Rag Mountain, August, 2018.

Old Rag Mountain, August, 2018.

Finally, a thank you to every one of you who follows my photography, shares my enthusiasm, and introduces me to new people who will enjoy my work for years to come. Without you my work would be much less vibrant and diverse, and I appreciate your diligence in ensuring security and authenticity.

Thank you!



If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed that my handle has changed - you can now follow me @DavidBuerkPhoto!  This matches with my Twitter handle, which is also @DavidBuerkPhoto.  Now tagging me is simple if you use both Instagram and Twitter together - no more digging for different my account handles.

If you were already following me on Instagram, you still are following my professional account.  Some of you on Instagram might see my new personal account follow you; right now I have it set to private (this might change later), so to follow me you'll need to request to follow me - request to follow me back, no worries.

Punkin Chunkin 2013

I've always watched it on The Science Channel, but until last year, I didn't realize how close The World Championship of Punkin Chunkin actually is - just a few hours away, in Southern Delaware, halfway between the Chesapeake Bay and Rehoboth Beach.  2013 was my first Chunk as a spectator.  I'll preface by saying that what you see on The Science Channel is nothing like the actual event's atmosphere - Discovery Communications has some fantastic videographers and editors that manage to condense three days of competition into just one hour of highlight footage. Unfortunately I missed the Trebuchets, which were my largest interest in the competition.  I did, however, see most of the Air Cannon class, and a few of the Centrifugal and Catapult Chunkers.  "Bad to the Bone," the Chunker I wanted to see most, unfortunately broke down and was unable to Chunk.  Other highlights included  "Chunk Norris," and the Human Hamster Wheel powered Chunker, to which the crowd cheered, "GO, HAMSTER, GO!"  Pumpkins were painted green for visibility, though they often travel so far so quickly downrange that you still lose sight of them.  Occasions where Chunkers "pied" resulted in tiny gobs of green pumpkin spraying onto spectators due to the strong wind contestants were firing into.  It was a blast, and I can't wait for the 2014 Chunk!

See all my Punkin Chunkin photos on Facebook... and don't forget to Follow me for updates!


Many long distance Chunks, a few pies, and a handful of breakdowns... but nothing compared to Young Glory III (Punkin Chunkin World Record Holder), which was the very last Chunker to fire in 2013's competition.  Young Glory III fired with brute force of air pressure; so much that it blew off and collapsed the last 1/3 of its barrel.  Clearly my 1D X is an overpriced 18 megapixel GIF machine, because at 12 frames per second, I captured Young Glory III's self-destruction.  Luckily for the team, the damage didn't look too terribly difficult to fix for next year's Chunk.


The result was so impressive that Kari Byron live-tweeted it.  I replied to her, and Tory Bellaci retweeted my photo.

An air cannon just exploded and flew over my head!

— Kari Byron (@KariByron) November 3, 2013

Here's the air cannon malfunction @KariByron talked about. @DavidBuerkPhoto: More on soon.

— Tory Belleci (@ToryBelleci) November 4, 2013

I later posted the GIF above, to which Tory responded,

@DavidBuerkPhoto@KariByron That's cool!

— Tory Belleci (@ToryBelleci) November 4, 2013

My pleasure Tory!  Thanks so much for retweeting, and taking the time to respond back.  Hey, if you're reading this, can you get me a photography job at Discovery Communications... or at least a Press Pass to next year's Punkin Chunkin?  I'm 100% completely serious, dude - Discovery is a dream job for me.

Here's "Young Glory III" in high-res.  See you all at next year's Punkin Chunkin!


I also have a few video clips of the Chunkers below. Don't forget to Follow to keep up to date on all my latest work and adventures!

Twitter Updates!

For those of you who follow me on Twitter, I've made a few changes. If you already followed me for my photography, you don't have to do anything!  I've simply changed my Twitter handle to @DavidBuerkPhoto (I want @jdbphoto, however it is taken and abandoned, and Twitter unfortunately will not release inactive usernames).  You'll see my name on Twitter as now.

This is because I've also created a new personal Twitter account, which does use my name, but isn't pertinent to my photography.


Tweets by @DavidBuerkPhoto