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I am an avid adventurer, conservationist, teacher, and outdoor photographer whose photography celebrates the African landscape and its rich wildlife, people, and culture. My photographic safaris allow my travelers to not only enhance their understanding of photography, lighting, and wildlife, but to develop a life-long admiration for Africa ‘s beauty and culture.

Banana Republic recently used my photographs as the cornerstone of their Urban Safari campaign, and my images were seen in all 750 stores around the globe, as well as in their billboards, catalogs and annual report. I was also the winner of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year in the ‘Wild Places’ category in 2008 and a highly commended in the ‘Creative Visions of Nature’ category in 2007.

I launched Gura Gear in 2008, in an attempt to deliver lightweight camera bags to the market. I was looking for a lightweight camera bag to hold all of my photographic gear, and there was nothing desirable on the market that suited my needs. After spending 2 years with many prototypes, the Gura Gear Kiboko bag was born. More products are now available on the Gura Gear web site.




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Looking for a new wide format printer

Well, I think it is time to upgrade my Epson 4000 to something newer. I have a ton of choices to look at, such as the Epson 3800, the HP Z series and the Canon IPF5000 or 9000. I love having a 17" wide carriage, as most models have better capabilities for paper cassette for cut sheets. I like to put a small stack in the printer and walk away. I would consider an Epson 7800 or 9800, but I would have to use roll paper to do more than 1 print at a time.

The new Epson 3800 is a nice little printer, but the paper handling isn't what I am wanting. The good thing is that most of the printers I am considering have excellent output, and it comes down to usability. I am moving in a direction of printing very large, so I can personally oversee my print orders for my commerical customers. More and more of my prints are being put in office spaces, including large common areas. So printing large appeals to me. One option is to keep my Epson 4000 for smaller jobs and pickup a 44" or 60" printer for my large output.

Michael Reichmann seems to enjoy his Canon IPF5000, so I might take a look at their larger offering. The HP Z3100 series looks nice, as they have a built-in profiling solution inside of the printer. I have learned, however, that building profiles is much more than just printing targets and reading them back. 75% science and 25% art.

Time to go kick some tires.

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