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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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Photo of the Day - Tamboti Leopard, Mala Mala


Tamboti Female Leopard

Mala Mala Game Reserve, South Africa.

Nikon D700, 200-400mm f/4 VR, 1/400 @ f/4, ISO 3200


When photographing leopards, especially up close, I think the connection with the viewer is all about the eyes of the subject. I had to balance depth of field to obtain sharp eyes, minimum shutter speed so I didn’t have a blurry photograph, and a blurry background. I took about 6 images in the series, and I ended up choosing one of the images taken at f/4. I do like to bracket my depth of field in situations such as this, moving between a couple of stops. I have images at f/4 through f/11, and the problem with my f/11 images were a sub-optimal ISO (6400) and shutter speed (1/160).

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Reader Comments (6)

Such a beautiful portrait! While the eyes of any subject are important in an image, there's something special about the eyes of a big cat that suck me in further, and make it hard to look away. Perhaps that's especially true of any predatory species as well.

June 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPat Ulrich

Hi Andy - Stunning capture and I love the textures. When I saw the Tamboti female in Jan. 2011, she had a huge scar on her face. I'm on my way back on the 27th; and, hope that the leopards are doing well. I'm a bit concerned because of the density of lion prides.

June 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChris Prestegard

Have a great time, Chris. I don't have any plans to be at Mala Mala currently, and miss spending time there. Say hello to the gang for me.

June 11, 2011 | Registered CommenterAndy Biggs

Did you shoot in Manual mode or Aperture priority and then bracket depth of field? Would Auto ISO help you here to eliminate one more setting?

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJames

James, I usually shoot in Aperture Priority mode during most shooting conditions, and when I shoot these types of shots I switch to manual. I do use Auto ISO from time to time, but I guess I am still an Aperture Priority or Manual guy at heart.

June 16, 2011 | Registered CommenterAndy Biggs

Thanks Andy. BTW, I love my Kiboko. Took it with me on a trip to Tanzania last year nearly 40 lbs of gear and it worked like a trooper. Going back this year with a bigger lens, hope everything fits. :)

BTW, stunning shot of the leopard.

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJames

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