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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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Photo of the day


Running Wildebeest, Ngorongoro Conservation Area (Ndutu), January 2008

Canon EOS 1DMkIII, 100-400mm, 1/15 @ f/11, ISO 100

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IP: aos2769@mac.comURL: http://Andy, I love this photo. Can you share you post processing regarding digital B&W with the 1DMKIII. Also, did you send this camera in to canon to have it fix regarding focusing issues, if you have any.
January 25, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersuttlea
IP: andybiggs@gmail.comURL: http://www.andybiggs.comThank you for your kind words. I haven't sent in the camera yet for repair, but I am on the list. As soon as they call I will send it in. My black and white processing was just a quick conversion in Lightroom. Nothing fancy or unique. I think the trick to any black and white image is a control over the distribution of tonal values. This is done with the following:

1) Exposure, black point, brightness and contrast sliders2) Curve adjustments3) White balance adjustment, even in b&w mode.

The white balance slider is the most often overlooked tool for converting to black and white. You can adjust your tonality, much the same as using color filters when shooting with black and white film.
January 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAndy Biggs
IP: aos2769@mac.comURL: http://I also have the 1DMKIII and think its a great camera. To be honest I don't shoot sports or BIF and I guess I shoot everything else. I am not a professional photograper and I'm not quite sure if any of my oof shots are due to the camera or my own fault. I have been following your blog for a while and love your photos. I actually use your settings for the 1DMKII from an earlier post and they work great. Do you find that you have change any of the settings since then that improves your keeper rate. I am also focusing mostly on B&W photo's and trying out different techniques to get the best images. Keep up the fantastic work.
January 25, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersuttlea
IP: kari@karipost.comURL: http://www.karipost.comThis is just beautiful Andy. I love the sense of motion produced by the panning, slow shutter speed, and B&W presentation.
February 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKari Post

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