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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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Namibia aerial photographs

Here are some images that I finally got around to processing this morning. Let's see, I was last in Namibia in September, which was 6 months ago. Crazy that I really haven't done much processing of my images since then, as Gura Gear has taken a ton of my time as of late. All of the following images were taken from a Cessna Caravan above the Namib desert, Namibia. All images are with the Canon 1DsMkIII body with a 24-105mm f/4 L IS lens. Processed and toned all inside of Lightroom.

I am a huge fan of images with a deep black, as I think this helps create a sense of drama. Maybe it is because Ansel Adams was a great practitoner of the entire tonal range, I don't know, but his work has influenced how I approach black and white landscape photography. I have put together an entire portfolio of black and white sand dunes in Namibia, and may offer these images in a portfolio box that is similar to the other two that I announced a few weeks ago.





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Reader Comments (5)

Gosh, great work Andy as I would expect. Thanks for sharing them.

March 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRusty Jackson

Wonderful photographs. Best I have ever seen of the dunes.

March 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercliff

Wow... just wow. I got to say, the second one puts it over the top for me. The symmetrical curves, just great. Also love the deep black shadows in the 3rd and 5th images. Awesome.

March 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Taylor

Love these pictures. Fantastic contrast, and the curves are beautiful. These are brilliant in black & white.

March 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJason

I have never really seen Namibia aerials in black and white - but seeing this - I suppose it makes a lot of sense they should work well. Really nice Andy!

April 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMark

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