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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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Photo of the Day

Baboon Mother and her Baby

Chitabe Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana. July 2009

Nikon D3, 200-400mm f/4 VR, 1/10 @ f/8, ISO 250

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Reader Comments (5)

Andy, this image is stunning! The pan is great and the baby looks tack sharp. Good job.

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPatti Schulze

A beautiful capture Andy. Just curious, did you take this hand held? Also did you crop in post or was the image framed that way on camera?

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAravind

Thanks for the comments! Aravind, I was using the 200-400mm lens on a gimbal mount on a Novoflex QuadroPod. Normally I use a shorter lens hand held, however my recent move to Nikon means that I don't have a slow (f/4.5-5.6) zoom any longer. Nikon's 80-400mm isn't good at focusing, so the 70-200mm f/2.8 is what I use. The problem with the 70-200mm is twofold: not slow enough for daytime shots, as it only stops down to f/22 and also not enough zoom. I would prefer something in the 200mm to 400mm range, like the Canon 100-400mm.

August 17, 2009 | Registered CommenterAndy Biggs

I recently picked up the 100-400 again (had one a while ago which got sold) and I'm floored. Canon has changed something in the last couple of years because this new one is as sharp and contrasty at 400mm wide open as the 500 f/4 wide open. Definitely don't feel like I'm compromising IQ in using this lens anymore.

Is there a particular reason you chose the QuadroPod rather than a tripod? How did you like it?

August 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAravind

Southern African safaris are in open vehicles, and east African safaris use pop-top roofs. There are many different methods of stabilizing a lens in an open Land Rover, and almost all are compromises. A tripod interferes with switching sides in the vehicles, as at least 1 leg is in the way. A monopod isn't very stable, and a bean bag only works for specific types of angles. The QuadroPod was loaned to me by Novoflex and I think it is the perfect solution so far. It has issues, such as the high cost, but it really works well.

I will be writing up a review on the unit soon.

August 17, 2009 | Registered CommenterAndy Biggs

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