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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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Antarctica Bound

Well, folks, I am heading to the frozen continent down south later on today. I will be away for a few weeks, and unlike my African safaris I will not have access to email, Facebook, Twitter or even a cell phone. Heck, my satellite phone won’t even work down there, as I only have coverage for Africa.

Packing for this trip has been a bit different than most other trips I have taken in the past 10 years. I have been to cold environments before, but I haven’t done one while on board a ship. I have planned for both cold/wet as well as cool/dry, which requires a decent sized duffle bag.

Leica has graciously loaned me an entire S2 camera kit, which includes the S2 camera, 35mm, 70mm, 120mm macro and 180mm lenses. Really Right Stuff loaned me an L-bracket for the camera as well. I am also bringing my normal Nikon kit, which includes my 16-35mm, 24-70mm, 70-200mm and 200-400mm lenses. I threw in my 1.4x to boot, just in case. I have all of this gear split between my Gura Gear Kiboko 30L backpack and my Gura Gear Chobe shoulder bag (with insert). Processing will be done on my Macbook Pro 13” machine.

I really don’t know what to expect as far as photographic opportunities, so I am wide-eyes and bushy tailed as they say. I will take whatever comes my way, but my primary goal is to be of assistance to any and all of our travelers. My primary passion is teaching, and that means I will likely be looking for opportunities to help, as opposed to doing hard-core shooting myself. I always hope that I come back with great photographs from every trip that I take, however I recognize that my job isn’t to take photographs for myself: I am there to lead and be of assistance to others.

On another unrelated topic, I will be unveiling more Africa photo safaris for 2012 and 2013, and I just need a few hours of time to get the web pages built and posted. I will likely get them finished while on the voyage, which means I won’t get a chance to post them online until I return home. Some of the safaris are going to be led by Grant Atkinson and Randy Hanna, as well as some more by me. And on a few occasions possible a few of us.

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Reader Comments (2)

This will be an awesome adventure!
Hope you love the trip and come back with great images!

November 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBruno Ázera

I saw on Josh Holko's blog that your guys are back from the back of beyond. Hoping to read about the expedition.

December 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRajan Parrikar

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