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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 trip report (Part 6 - Namib-Naukluft)

This is the 6th trip report from my latest safari to Namibia You can read my Namibia trip report (Part 1 - Skeleton Coast) entry, Namibia trip report (Part 2 - Serra Cafema) entry, my Namibia trip report (Part 3 - Namib-Naukluft), Namibia trip report (Part 4 - Lüderitz and theSperrgebiet) and finally my Namibia trip report (Part 5 Namib Rand and Wolwedans) if you have not already done so.

Since I had already visited the Sossusvlei area on my first trip, I will only post images from my second round in the area in less than 2 weeks. I did take more time to photograph people from my group performing their work, so most of my images from the second visit to the area had less to do with 'portfolio' types of images and more images to help me illustrate and market future trips to Namibia.

I am also writing up an overall Namibia trip summary with more detailed explanation of my experiences with the Sony equipment. Overall very very positive, with some small nits here and there.

I have started a waiting list for a 2010 Namibia trip in either May or September of next year, so if you are interested in such a trip please send me an email to or use the contact form on this blog. John Paul Caponigro will be the leader for this exciting trip, and the trip will likely include Kolmanskop, Sossuslvei and the Skeleton Coast. A truly amazing trip, as I cannot wait to return to the Skeleton Coast in future years.

Sony A900, 70-400mm, 1/10 sec @ f/16, ISO 100


Mary Grace on the dunes

Sony A900, 70-400mm, 1/100 @ f/11, ISO 320


Sossusvlei Angles

Sony A900, 70-400mm, 1/30 @ f/8, ISO 100


Wood, Sand and Shadow

Sony A900, 16-35mm, 1/80 @ f/8, ISO 100


Thumbs Up!

Sony A900, 70-400mm, 1/60 @ f/5, ISO 100


Gemsbok and Dunes

Sony A900, 70-400mm, 1/250 @ f/9, ISO 320

The Spooky Old Tree (remember that book from the Berenstain Bears?)

Sony A900, 70-400mm, 1/30 @ f/11, ISO 100


Trekking 'Big Daddy' and backlit subjects

Sony A900, 70-400mm, 1/2000 @ f/5.6, ISO 250


The Trip ends (boo hoo!)

Sony A900, 16-35mm, 1/320 @ f/2.8, ISO 250

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(A) Welcome Home.
(B) Those are some SICK (in a good way) Images.

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Does that mean you wouldn't be going on the 2010 Namibia trip?

August 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMark Olwick

John Paul will be leading the Namibia trip next year, as I am already over-committed for 2010. My business is expanding, and JP is one of the absolute best teachers on the planet!!

August 5, 2009 | Registered CommenterAndy Biggs

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