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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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Photofocus Podcast #59


Scott Bourne invited me as a guest on his Photofocus podcast, and we had a great time chatting about HDR, flash photography, super telephoto lenses, lenses for sports, cold weather shooting and other fun topics. If you have 45 minutes to burn, listen to Scott and I on the Photofocus Podcast #59.

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Question Thirteen – HDR Without Tone Mapping

I think that this one perhaps wasn't answered as fully as it should have. You are indeed correct that when most people refer to HDR, they are referring to Tone Mapping. Tone Mapping is a general term that refers to the mapping of one set of image values to another (in this case from a space which has very high dynamic range to a space which is lower). I would say that 'HDR' refers to ways in which one can compensate for the limited dynamic range of their capture device relative to the scene they are trying to capture. Tone Mapping is one way to overcome this limitation but Exposure Fusion is another (and just as viable). One could even argue that in some scenes Exposure Fusion produces results which are more natural (i.e. without exaggerated saturation, halo artifacts or color shifts) than Tone Mapping.

December 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAravind

Thanks for the clarification, Aravind. I have to say that HDR really isn't my thing personally, but I do find ways of incorporating HDR tools into my workflow from time to time.

December 6, 2010 | Registered CommenterAndy Biggs

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