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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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Giving Thanks

Here in the USA it is the day before Thanksgiving, and I thought I would take a few moments to write down some of the things that I am thankful for. It is easy to go on about our lives without stopping for reflection or to say a quiet ‘thanks’ to those around us who are special in our lives, so take the time to have reflection more often than not.

I am thankful for my loving and supportive family.

I am thankful for Leslie, who loves me unconditionally.

I am thankful that I have a business that I love and am able to earn a living at.

I am thankful that I have customers who wish to spend their time and resources with me in such beautiful and wild places.

I am thankful for my health.

I am thankful that I have more work than I can probably deal with, even though it may affect the item right above this one. ;-)

I am thankful for a roof over my head, for food to eat and for water to drink.

I am thankful for infrequent meals on airplanes that are actually edible.

I am thankful for Gore-Tex, microfiber, VX-21 (look it up) and soft fleece.

I am thankful for autofocus.

I am thankful for histograms with visible borders on the sides (Canon are you listening?)

I am thankful for such awesome post processing tools, such as Adobe Lightroom and all of the Nik Software plugins.

I am thankful for color management, because if it didn’t exist I would have hung myself by now.

I am thankful for an office full of incredible printers and papers. I have no excuse not to have high quality prints.

I am thankful for safari and workshop participants who smile and who appreciate all of the sights, smells and sounds of journeys.

And more than anything, I am thankful for God for allowing me to breathe every day.

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Reader Comments (2)

I’m thankful for my Nikon TC-14 E II and my dust brush.

November 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaul B

Amen! Have a great time in Antarctica!

November 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Clark

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