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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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AMOD gps tracker update

I have been using an AMOD gps tracker for my past few trips, and I have come to think that this is a great tool for my adventures. My goal is to provide both a gps log for inserting into my image metadata, as well as a graphical Google Earth representation of where I have been. My safari travelers seem to enjoy having these files as well.

The tracker runs off of three AAA batteries, which is less preferable to a pair of AA batteries, but I do get more than 15 hours from a set of Eneloop branded cells. I have set my device to create a log entry every 10 seconds, which seems to be enough data for me.

I left the unit on the hood of my Land Rover one afternoon, and the unit was eventually found on the ground 1km from where we were staying. The unit looks pretty bad, but still works like a charm. For $69 I will buy another one and this will be my backup.

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Reader Comments (2)

On your recommendation, I purchased the AMOD GPS Photo Tracker. After receiving, it I am surprised at your recommendation. The software that comes with the devise recognizes .jpg files only, not raw. This is a major deal killer for those of us that shoot exclusively in raw. Are you using a different program for tagging your images? I think I'll stay with my Garmin Oegon 400t.

June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterR. Jensen

In my opinion, the software that comes with most, if not all, GPS devices should be thrown away. 3rd party software is much much much better in this regard. The AMOD is no exception. My expectation is for a GPS tracker to give me accurate data, be conservative with battery usage, acquire satellites quickly and have a file format that easily works with any software on the market. I use GPS Babel to translate my log files to the Garmin file format, as well as to create Google Earth .kml files.

June 1, 2009 | Registered CommenterAndy Biggs

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