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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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Cheetah on the Serengeti Plains

Cheetah on the Serengeti Plains

Canon 5D Mark II, 600mm f/4, 1/800 @ f/4, ISO 50

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. March 2010


As many readers of this blog may already know, 1) I don't shoot with Canon gear any longer, and 2) didn't even take a digital camera with me to Tanzania last month. So let me explain the image above. We were out on a morning game drive, and we came across this cheetah mother on the open plains. One of my generous travelers, Ben, quickly loaned me his 600mm lens on a 5D Mark II camera body, as he had a great opportunity to photograph the above female as she was moving her week-old cubs by her mouth. The 600mm was waaaaaaay too much lens for this, as she was passing only a few meters in front of our vehicle. The 'real' shot of this type of behavior was with his 100-400mm lens, and I just took his 600mm lens in the hope that she would get up on a termite mound at some point. Well, she certainly did it for me, and I ripped off a couple of quick shots. I haven't written about this before, but none of my 6x24cm panorama film worked out. It is a long and heartbreaking story for me, but the short story is that there must have been some damage to the helical focusing mechanism during transport to Africa. So at the end of my 3 weeks of safari in Tanzania I only ended up with 1 photograph that I will be able to show. I kind of have to laugh about it, because I know that I am out on safari so often that it doesn't really matter. It would massively upset me if I only go on safari once in a lifetime.

So here you have it: a cheetah on a termite mound, taken with somebody else's camera. I do have a ton of video from the safari, though. Maybe I should learn how to use Final Cut Pro.


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Reader Comments (11)

Great shot Andy. My favorite African animal is the cheetah and I secretly hope to return once with you on safari and nail an image of a mother cheetah standing on a termite mound with a couple of cubs tucked under her at sunset. That's probably a cliche shot but I haven't taken it yet. :) So sorry to hear about the film camera failure. But you have the right perspective. As Steve Kossack always said about his photos - "I can make more".

April 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew Chan

Fantastic shot Andy! Sorry to hear your panoramics didn't work out. Will you fix it and try again?

April 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRichard Schmon

Thanks, guys. I am not sure if I am going to try more panoramas. My camera is a pretty darned good camera, but I may opt for a Fuji 6x17 outfit on my next attempt. Who know, maybe medium format digital is next.

April 1, 2010 | Registered CommenterAndy Biggs

Heya Andy

That's heartbreaking about the camera. I was so looking forward to seeing images from it.

The above is a great shot.

April 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCraig (CR Guy)

Andy, I'd love to see some of the video once you've edited. Re: the cheetah image, How do you think the 5D mkII faired in comparison to image quality/noise on the old 1Ds MkIII you had in the past?

April 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBuddy

I have been visiting your blog everyday in hope that I would see some images taken with your 6x24 pano. I am sorry that it did not work out for you and your correct in saying that if it was your first visit it would be a devastating experience. I do have to say that the one shot you came back with is a keeper. Not many people can go to Africa and come back with just ONE impressive image.
Look forward to your HD videos!

April 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDick Berry

So...what are you shooting with now? I know you tried Sony, but get the feeling you went back to Nikon.

April 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMark Olwick

Mark, I shoot with Nikon gear. I only had some Sony equipment on loan for my Namibia trip in May of 2009. I have a small Nikon kit for my wildlife trips: D700 and D300 cameras, 70-200mm f/2.8 VR and a 200-400mm f/4 lens. 1.4x teleconverter if needed. I do have a few other lenses, but I don't really need them on my wildlife safaris.

April 2, 2010 | Registered CommenterAndy Biggs

Andy, any particular reason why you don't shoot with Canon gear any longer?

April 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSangeeth VS

Bummer Andy was looking forward to seeing the panos.... Cracking shot with borrowed gear.

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLouB

Sure hope it wasn't the 6x24 300 lens mount, lol. Did you check the 3 little screws that allow you to set the infinity focus? Mine came lose once and the focus ring shifted about an inch from infinity and ruined a couple of rolls. Hope all is well,


April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWilliam Ferrier III

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