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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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Seagate Barracuda hard drives - performance gain

About 15 months ago I moved my entire photographic computing platform from the pc to a Mac Pro desktop. The Mac Pro shipped with only a 250GB hard drive, and I added another three drives to increase capacity. These added drives have now been replaced with 1TB Seagate Barracuda hard drives, and I read a thread over on about how Barracuda drives by default are configured with a jumper that puts the drive into backward compatibility mode, or SATA 1 mode (1.5GB/sec burst transfer rate). If you remove this jumper you will instantly see doubling of your hard drive speed from a data burst standpoint. Keep in mind that you need to have SATA 2 on your computer, or you might run into issues.

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Very cool. Thanks, E.J.

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