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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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Back Home from Tanzania

I am back home after a 21-day safari in Tanzania. I was on two different safaris; the first safari was a combination wildlife scouting and cultural safari to the Serengeti and Loliondo with some friends of mine, and the second safari was a trip more associated with my 'day job' of leading safaris for photographers. I have much to write about and share. Both of these safaris had some components that were completely new to me, and for good purpose. Here are a few items to take note of.

Safari #1

The purpose of the trip was to scout a new area in the Loliondo game controlled area, as well as go on safari with a few friends of mine. Relaxing, focused, and we had hoped to see and experience some new sights on this trip. It did not disappoint. We were able to get some amazing elephant photographs up close, as well as visit a Maasai manyatta that had over 100 huts. Roughly 500 people were living in this not-often-occurring location. This was certainly my most real and unique cultural experience with the Maasai to date.

Safari #2

The purpose of this trip, other than leading and teaching 14 talented photographers to Tanzania, was to the push the envelope with regards to technology. This was the first safari where I had a digital projector with me out in the bush. We always have a generator handy, but now I was able to increase my teaching opportunities by running slideshows before or after dinner. This is definitely the direction I am heading in at the moment. The other technology change for me was the lack of a laptop. Normally I always have a fully configured Apple Macbook (now Macbook Pro) with me for storing and reviewing images. I took along an Epson P5000 (80GB) and a P2000 (100GB) instead. I will write up a more lengthy report on my experience in the coming days. I also photographed with Nikon gear. Gasp! I used a D2x and 200-400mm f/4 as my primary long lens setup. There is a long story in why this came to be! I am not switching to Nikon, but I did find it to be a rewarding experience to see how Nikon equipment works out in the field. And finally, I used a Garmin GPS unit to record all of my tracks, along with waypoints. Some lessons learned along the way.

I have over 55GB of images to catalog and process. I am not exactly sure what I have, since I did not spend much time looking or reviewing my images while in Africa.

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