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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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Nikon D3s announcement


Well, the camera everybody on earth already knew about has finally been announced. The Nikon D3s is pretty much the same D3 except in a few ways. Here are the high points:

  • new 1280x720 24P high definition video
  • ISO 200 - 12,800 is now standard, expandable to ISO equivalent of 102,400
  • new anti-dust Sensor Cleaning function. About time!!
  • Larger buffer with up to 48 RAW frames (was 18 in the D3)

There are other small enhancemenets, but these are pretty much the ones that I chose to report on. As many of my friends already know, my D3 was stolen when we were burglarized last month. Some of our items have been recovered, and some are still out there. For my next safari, I will be taking a D700 and a D300, both with portrait grips. I suspect I will end up buying the D3s when it hits the shelves soon.



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The biggest step forward potentially, in my mind, is the AF during movie capture. So far, nobody seems to have gotten it right (i.e. I have not read a review out there that actually praises any of the AF system on these hybrid SLRs / m4/3s). From the press release, it seems Nikon is touting its AF as a breakthrough...

October 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoshLi

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