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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 report: Lake Manyara

We had a wonderful day in Lake Manyara National Park yesterday, and we hopefully will take home some great photographs to go along with the experiences.

Lake Manyara is quite dry at the moment, which is normal, but we didn't see a plethora of elephants that we would normally see. We did have the fortune of seeing a group of giraffes, 27 strong. What an amazing sight! I don't think I have ever seen that many giraffes in one location, and Lake Manyara giraffes are special in that many of the sightings happen in open clearings. This means that you can take photographs of the giraffe when they are not eating, and you have unubscructed views from head to toe. I typically find that giraffes are difficult to photograph, primarily because of composition reasons. Their necks are long, and the horizon gets cut off as a result. I typically look for a location to shoot from that is either higher or lower than my subject, as to have a clear background that does not interfere.

We are off for Ngorongoro Crater today, and will checkin at our camp on the crater's edge. After a quick lunch, we will head down into the crater (which is actually a caldera) for an afternoon game drive. We will have a full day of wildlife photography in the crater for the next day, as well.

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Reader Comments (1)

Sounds fantastic!! Look forward to seeing some of the images from this trip.

You still planning a trip to Madikwe later this year?

January 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGerry

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