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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

Kolmanskop, Namibia. September 2008

Canon 1DsMkIII, 16-35mm, 1/20 sec @ f/8, ISO 100

I absolutely love photographing the deserted mining town of Kolmanskop, Namibia. It is an excellent location to exercise many different techniques: low light photography, reflected light studies, architecture and color. This is one of those unique locations where you can photograph at any hour of the day, as most of your shooting is done indoors. I had passed by this scene earlier in the morning, but there really wasn't much to photograph. I came back later, and as I was passing by the house I noticed the light coming through the wooden slats in the ceiling. Bravo! It was great seeing this room come into its own, with all of the light patterns reflecting off of the blue and yellow walls. It may not be noticable in this small representation on the blog, but I like how the sand dune is framed through the doorway. Cool light = foreground and warm light = background.

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