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pgo images is the work of Per-Gunnar Ostby, a wildlife and travel photographer based in London England.


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All of the recent images on this site have been shot with either a Canon EOS 1Ds Mark 3 or Canon EOS 1D Mark 3. The lenses I use include the 600 f4L IS, 300 f2.8L IS 100-400 f4.5/5.6L IS, 70-200 2.8L IS, 15mm f2.8 Fisheye, 16-35 f2.8L, 24-70 f2.8L, 15mm f2.8 Fisheye, 85 1.2L, 180 F3.5L Macro. The majority of the wildlife images are with the 600, and would not be possible without a Wimberley Gimbal head mounted on a Gitzo carbon fiber tripod.

I was originally convinced of the value of digital whilst in Botswana in early 2003, and decided to take the plunge with Canon's first pro digital body, the original 1Ds. Previous to this nearly all of images on this site were shot on slide film (my favourite being Fuji Provia), primarily with the Canon bodies EOS 1v, EOS 3, Eos 50e, EOS d50, with underwater work on a Nikon f100 in a Subal body, and a medium-format Bronica etrsi.

Adobe Lightroom is my key tool, in which I do all my editing, kewording, categorizing, and converting from RAW. In general the only manipulation I do is in Photoshop CS, sharpening and leveling. For black and white work I use Silver Efex Pro and for HDR Photomatix Pro, both being plug-ins for Lightroom and Photoshop.

Published Work

Swimming Lion published in Summer 2007 edition of BBC Wildlife Magazine I have had images published in a variety of publications including BBC Wildlife Magazine, the Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Digital Camera Magazine, etc. Certain images are also being used by the UK charity

Site Development

The entire site is hand-coded by me in HTML, JavaScript and PHP, with the exception of the following key elements - the Lightbox, the Comments script and the Aksimet anti-spam filter utilized with the Word Press blogging system - which are available free on the net. I also recently started using the PSPad freeware editor, with which I am very happy. Sites such as javascript.com and CodingForums.com have been very useful when I've been stuck.

Below is non-exhaustive assortment of the operators and locations I would recommend

Travel Companies
Extraordinary Expeditions - a specialist nature operator run by a friend of mine who now books all my main trips. Organized my Namibia trip in April/May 07 and are doing all the heavy-lifting for my massive trips in the falls of 07 and 08 (see Travel Blog), plus numerous others.
Quark Expeditions - excellent tour operators to Antarctica
Wilderness Safaris - probably the best safari company in southern Africa
Discovery Intitiatives - a specialist eco tour operator with excellent customer service
Northshots - specialize in photographic holidays, primarily in Europe

Safari Camps, Hotels and Photographic Locations

Mombo (Okavango Delta) - in the midst of some of the finest game viewing in Africa sits possibly the best safari camp I know
Selinda Camp - an excellent camp in the northern reaches of Botswana
Savuti Camp - a classic location near the Savuti River
Jack's Camp (Mkgadikgadi Pans) - a beautiful camp in the stark beauty of the Botswana pans
Kings Pool (Selinda) - another excellent camp in northern Botswana
Chitabe (Okavango Delta) - another of Wilderness Safari's excellent camps
Duma Tau (Linyanti) - another excellent Wilderness Safaris camp
Duba Plains (Okavango Delta) - fantastic Lion v Buffalo encounters

Loango Lodge - a completely different Safari experience amongst teh rainforest

Kicheche Mara Camp - a great camp with fantastic guides in one of the premier wildlife locations

Kaya Mawa (Likoma Island) - stunning location and relaxation spot
Chelinda Lodge (Nyika) - Scotland meets Africa in this beautiful mountainous park

Palais Rhoul - pure luxury in an enwalled old palace in Marrakech, Morrocco

Serra Cafema - in the remotest part of Namibia sits a fantastic safari camp, one of my favourites
Desert Rhino Camp - tracking Rhinos from a rustic tented camp
Ongava Lodge - greta camp just adjacent to Etosha

Bom Bom Island (Principe) - deep sea fishing and natural wonder in a stunning location

Jaci's Lodge (Madikwe) - a five star lodge in a fantastic private game park - where I first saw Wild Dogs!
Thornybush Game Lodge - adjacent to the Kruger
Fugitives Drift - the history of the Battlefields, including Isandhlwana and Rorkes Drift
Rocktail Bay - great for diving and relaxing

Oliver's Camp (Tarangire) - a beautifully rustic camp in the midst of huge numbers of elephants
Sayari Camp (Serengeti) - in the remote north of the park is a perfect hideaway with great game
Greystoke Camp (Mahale Mountains) - situated on stunning Lake Tanganyika, an opportunity to track Chimpanzees!
Chada Katavi (Katavi) - lots of tes-tses but a stunning park
Mwagusi Camp (Ruaha) - a good camp set amongst massive prides of lions
Sand River (Slous) - an oppulent and stunning camp on the banks of the Selous River
Onsea House - a very relaxed hotel in Arusha, Tanzania for a break between safaris

Nkwali (South Luangwa) - amongst the very best national parks in Africa and a fantastic camp in which to enjoy it
Shumba Camp (Kafue) - an amazing helicopter ride takes you into a fantastic camp amidst swarms of wildlfe
Shiwa Ngandu - not to be missed English manor house in the middle of the African Bush
Shoebill Island Camp - very remote camp that allows tracking of Shoebill Storks

Norway Nature - excellent birding photographic trips in Flatanger.

Explora Patagonia - an excellent hotel amongst the splendour of Torres del Paine
Explora Rapa Nui - the wonders of Easter Island in luxury

Pousada Redfish - an excellent little hotel in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil

The Red Mangrove on Santa Cruz, The Galapagos - a very comfortable boutique hotel to base yourself for day trips to the astonishing islands of the Galapagos

The Peninsula, Beijing - a pricey but excellent hotel in the heart of Beijing. Try the apple martinis!!!

Four Seasons Maui - top-notch beach resort in Maui
Four Seasons Bali Sayan - one of the most sumptuous hotels I've ever stayed in
Four Seasons Bali Jimbaran Bay - private pool, right on the beach, what else do you need to say?

Wickaninnish Inn (Tofino, British Columbia, Canada) - very nice hotel away from the crowds on the edge of the Pacific

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