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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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Back home from Botswana

Well, after 12 nights in the African bush, I am back home and trying to get back on local time. Thank you to my travelers for such an amazing safari experience, and you make my life and job so enjoyable. I took over 6,000 photos on this safari, split between my Nikon D3 and D3x camera bodies. My D300 sat on the sidelines as a backup camera that never needed to be used. I have many images to process and share, as well as my experiences and issues with some of my Nikon equipment. Additionally, I used and can report on many different methods of stabilization a camera and super telephoto lens for safari vehicles in southern Africa.

In a nutshell, I have much content to write about in the coming weeks!

I have received many emails while I was away, and many were related to availability of my safaris and workshops in 2010 and 2011. I will return your emails in the fastest way possible. I am glad to be back home with my family, and will get cracking when I get to the office in the morning.

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Reader Comments (4)

Welcome home amigo...

Cannot wait to see some of your no doubt, awesome images!

Wish I could have stayed as planned, but I'm looking forward to our next trip together.


August 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJames Weis

What happened to the Sony? Gone off it?

August 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndy Ptak

I had to send all of the Sony equipment back, unfortunately. It was only on loan for my Namibia trip.

August 6, 2009 | Registered CommenterAndy Biggs

Lucky fella. I had to buy mine, but it's the best purchase I've made since my Pentax Spotmatic in 1972.

August 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndy Ptak

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