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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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My Move to the Mac

I tested the Apple Macintosh waters early in 2005 with a Mac Mini. I maxed out the memory with 1GB of ram, and I learned all that I could learn about the Mac on the machine. I learned that the machine was not even close to enough horsepower for the things that I want to do, but from a usability of OSX standpoint I learned much. And then Apple made the Intel announcement. This froze me in my tracks, as I was on the heels of buying a dual G5 desktop.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago out on safari. My trust IBM Thinkpad X40 has been a wonderful machine, but the small 1.8" 60GB hard drive, slow processor and limited screen size weren't cutting it any more. Yes, I loved the very light 2.7 pounds of the X40, but my storage needs, processing power and overall usability needed to improve. Somebody had a new MacBook in black on my safari a few weeks ago, and I was intrigued. An intel dual core cpu, 2GB of ram, and the ability to run Windows XP via Boot Camp or Parallels. Pretty cool.

So I picked up a black MacBook with 2GB of ram 2 days ago. I am now processing my 4 hours of HD video from Tanzania, as well as processing and organizing my recent photographs from safar with Adobe Lightroom beta 3. I am hooked. My only disappointment so far is the amount of heat that the MacBook generates. I mean really hot.

Why did I buy the MacBook over the MacBook Pro? Mostly because of my needs, and not desires. I wanted the smallest machine I could get, and the MacBook Pro is a few inches larger. Also, I tend to buy a new laptop about every year or so, and buying a more expensive laptop that will get banged around doesn't make sense to me. I am tough on my equipment!!

Have any essential Mac programs that I should have? Drop me a line, as I would love to hear about them.

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IP: nick.hawkins@gmail.comURL: http://whereishawkins.blogspot.comAndy-

I'd pick up AdiumX for an integrated IM client, Skype for long distance calls (when I need to call home from abroad), VLC for playing the random videos (I convert my home DVDs to DivX), Orbicule ('s Undercover for security (just in case it gets stolen). And you might want to consider picking up InvisibleShield ( for protection against scratches and dings.

And as a browser, either Camino or Firefox.

I like your site and am an amateur photographer myself. I wish I had some of your gear when I was on a safari in Tanzania last year!

July 7, 2006 | Unregistered Commenternhawkins

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