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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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I returned yesterday from three weeks out on safari in Tanzania, and I had only about 1 hour to say hello to Leslie and Christian, take a shower, shave and head out for a Fourth of July celebration near our house. I needed something to keep me awake until a normal bedtime hour, otherwise it would take me about a week to get back to my local time schedule.

I am sifting through about a week's worth of emails, which is much less than it used to be. I can now check my emails and surf the web while out on safari, thanks to newly erected cell phone towers in the middle of the Serengeti, as well as at the top of Ngorongoro Crater. I wasn't able to get my Blackberry phone working on their Celtel GPRS data service, so I had to purchase a local Nokia 6233 mobile phone to get me up and going. So now I am able to check emails from most locations when I am out on safari. Yippee!

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IP: ccshear@earthlink.netURL: http://Hi Andy,Glad your back. I have been anxious to learn how the new Canon Mark 3 worked for you. did the focus issues described by RG occur in your camera? I have cancelled my order for the Mark 3 because it would not have arrived before my Botswana trip (I just returned last week. I have 7 months before I return (Tanzania) to Africa, by then all these issues will hopefully be resolved. The 300mm 2.8 IS is great for Botswana. The wildlife is much closer. Bean bags (Safari Sacks) work O.K. on the roll bars between the seats. I still may take a clamp-ballhead setup for my next Bots safari. So, is the Mark 3 the ultimate wildlife camera or should I wait and but the 1Ds successor?Cheers, Chuck
July 5, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterchucksails
IP: andybiggs@gmail.comURL: http://www.andybiggs.comI thought I initially had issues with the autofocusing of the 1DMk3, but in the end I think I have come up with alternative 'default' configuration settings for the camera, and they all worked great for me for over 3,000 images in the past month. Expect a short blurb on this blog in the coming days.
July 6, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAndy Biggs

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