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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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Off for Tanzania

I am headed back to Tanzania for 2 safaris, back-to-back. This will be a very unique trip for me, as I will be shooting for a much different style than in past safaris. In the past I have photographed primarily for stock photos and for fine art color print sales. Sure, I have taken my fair share of black and white photographs, but the lions' share (pun intended) have been for building up my stock library and for material for a future book. Almost entirely color work.

Now, I am headed in a more creative direction. For the remainder of 2006 (4 safaris), I will be primarily shooting for black and white, and with a more edgy and creative look. I will be shooting with a smaller, lighter setup, and a new addition to my gear with be tilt/shift lenses. Here is what I will be taking with me:

  • Canon 5D

  • Canon 20D

  • 24-105mm f/4 L IS

  • 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS

  • 400mm f/4 DO IS

  • 1.4x and 2x teleconverters

I will also be taking my 500mm f/4 lens for a customer of mine, so I will be weighed down considerably en route.

My goal was to start shooting again with a 4x5" large format camera out on safari, but the specific camera I want to use is not available yet. My desire is to have quite large B&W toned prints of African wildlife in their environment, and a 4x5" negative helps me get to that end goal. Using normal or moderately wide angle lenses, it is easy to frame and capture elephants, giraffe, zebra, buffalo and wildebeest in the landscape. I expect to adopt a 4x5 camera into my safari gear for my September safaris.

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