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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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Canon EOS 1DMkIII Focusing Issues

I am still here in Arusha, Tanzania, and have been taking a look at many of my safari images from the past few weeks from my new 1DMkIII, and I have a few thoughts that come to mind. I do understand that there are some potential autofocus issues with this new camera, based on numerous emails that I have received while away. I have spent no more than a few minutes looking at various photography forums, as well as Rob Galbraith's recent article on the 1DMkIII autofocus woes.

I have not encountered many issues with my own 1DMkIII, but I may not be putting myself in a situation where the autofocus isn't working. I have had issues with walking lions and grass that impedes my view of the animal. On my older 1 series cameras I wouldn't have an issue with small things getting in the way, but now the 1DMkIII has super fast focusing, and no matter what settings I try I still have issues with the camera not locking on my subject at all. Back and forth, back and forth the autofocus goes.

I am typically shooting slow moving large mammals, which are not coming towards the camera. Now that I know what other people are complaining about, I will spend some time on the next safari trying to figure out how my specific camera behaves.

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