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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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Tanzania safari trip report day 2 - Tarangire

Today we were up at 5:30 and were out of camp by 6:15, which is not bad for our first early day. Typically it is a little challenging for the first few days, as jet lag is a real force to be reckoned with. Our group was chomping at the bit to get out and see what Tarangire is all about. We are camping along the southern shore of Lake Burunge, and we headed east and north to move to the northern part of the park. We drove through what I can only describe as the most dense tsetse fly are that I have ever dealt with. 20 minutes of constant swatting, biting and scratching. It sucked! My ankles still feel like a raw piece of steak.

The weather was warm today, with big puffy clouds in every direction. No rain today, however the park doesn't need it right now. Today was not a predator day, which is very normal for Tarangire. Today was all about elephants and giraffe. I was blown away by the number of elephants. We likely saw between 500 and 1000 individuals, with half of them being within distance to get good photos. I think my travelers have no idea how truly special this is, as most of them have never been to Africa before.

We had a very nice picnic lunch at Silale swamp, which is extremely lush at the moment. You can always count on a pair of African fish eagles there, and today was no exception. My head guide, Kileo, had a bad stomach ache, so I went back to camp a little early to make sure he was well taken care of. I have a virtual pharmacy with me on these safaris, so I did my best to help out.

We worked with our digital images before dinner, and I did a slideshow of my past successful and unsuccessful photos in an attempt to teach composition, lighting, storytelling, depth of field, blurred panning and wildlife behavior. Knowing when to take the best shot was probably what most people wanted to know more about.

Tomorrow we will leave Tarangire, and we will drive across the Maasai Steppe and head up into the Ngorongoro Highlands. I cannot wait to get up to 7,000 feet, where we will have our camp along the crater rim.

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