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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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Safari wrapup

I am still out in the Serengeti, heading back to Arusha by bush plane tomorrow morning. I will be back out on safari in a couple of days, so I am leaving all of my camera gear here at camp while I am in town.

The rains have been amazing, as they are not expected in the month of January. Ndutu and the central Serengeti is quite green right now, keeping the dust to a minimum. Game is plenty, based on a few statstics I have kept over the past 8 days:
97 lions

4 cheetahs
4 leopard (including 2 cubs)
2 rhino
6 serval cats

I don't like to measure trips in this way, but it does give a feeling as to the abundance of wildlife here in Tanzania. We caught up with the migration at Ndutu, with the bulk of the herds in the southern plains to the south.our group had some amazing wildebeest birthing scenes, as newborn calves took their first steps. Bat-eared foxes, jackals, hyenas and vultures were plentiful, as were zebra, topi, hartebeest and eland.

I am looking forward to a day of rest before flying back to camp in the central Serengeti. There is something magical about this place. With rain clouds on the horizon, one can capture dynamic light at all times of the day.

I am having fun with my 6x24 panorama film camera, even though it has limited use. I only brought a 180mm lens with me, which is great for landscapes but limiting for wildlife. I think I have a few shots that I will be proud of. Using a viewfinder on the camera is quite challenging, and I am glad that I am capturing in an ultrawide format, which leaves room for cropping on the sides. I guess it allows me to be sloppy when working quickly.

Safari njema (safe safari)

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