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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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The New Thomson Safaris catalog

The new Thomson Safaris catalog will be out soon, and one of my more recent elephant photos has graced the front cover. Check it out:



This image was taken in June, 2007 in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania. Normally I prefer a more wide open feeling to my images, but we came across a large family of elephants and all I had handy was my 1DsMkII on a 500mm f/4 lens. So I went with it and attempted to capture an image that had a sense of scale. Almost like an 'essence' of the moment. So I used a wide open f/stop to create a more shallow depth of field. All I was interested in was having a sharp eye to make the connection with the viewer.

This image has already turned out to be a popular one in my stock collection, as it has been licensed three times in the past month and a half. Gosh, I cannot wait to get back to Tanzania at the end of this month!

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IP: goordale@gmail.comURL: http://Mr BiggsI am interested in doing a painting in watercolor of this photograph you made of the elephant. The following link will show you what my style is like. The last painting on the page.

November 12, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterDale

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