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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 Recap

I am back from Antarctic waters, and boy do I have stories to tell. I had a fantastic time with my introduction to the frozen continent down south, and I don’t know where to begin. I traveled with some amazing photographers, and I tried my best to provide the best service possible for all 68 participants on the voyage. Thank you to everybody who took the time to make the fantastic trip with me, and please know that I enjoyed getting to know each and every person. Please contact me at if I can be of any service, whether it be post processing issues, printing or whatever. I am here to help in any way that I can.

Overall we had overcast days almost the entire time, as well as some high winds, snow, rain and sleet. It was pretty much what I expected, which means that I knew that weather changes quickly and violently down in Antarctica. I was hoping to have a bunch of images processed before arriving home, but it turns out that my Macbook Pro screen just doesn’t do Antarctica justice when trying to develop raw files with a fine line between white and near-white with detail. Lesson learned, for sure. I will be posting a more formal trip summary in the next few days, but here are a couple of barely-processed photographs from the trip as a teaser:


Nikon D3x, 24-70mm f/2.8, 1/640 @ f/6.3, ISO 800


Nikon D3, 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII, 1/1250 @ f/5, ISO 800


Nikon D3x, 16-35mm f/4, 1/500 @ f/5.6, ISO 640


Nikon D3x, 16-35mm f/4, 1/160 @ f/8, ISO 250


Leica S2, 35mm Summarit f/3.5, 1/3000 @ f/8, ISO 320


Leica S2, 120mm Apo-Macro-Summarit-S, 1/1000 @ f/8, ISO 320


Nikon D3, 24-70mm f/2.8, 1/1250 @ f/6.3, ISO 800

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Reader Comments (1)

The last image of the penguin diving is brilliant, not only for the timing but also for the overall exposure. I hope you got sharp focus on that one at 100% size.

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRajan Parrikar

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