Don Komarechka is a nature, macro and landscape photographer located in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. From auroras to pollen, insects to infrared, much of Don’s photographic adventures reveal a deeper understanding of how the universe works. Exploring the world that we cannot see with our own eyes has been a common thread in Don’s career as a professional photographer.
Don teaches workshops in the areas of nature photography and macro photography, as well as photographic editing and creative compositions. “Photography is about sharing your unique view of the world with others – without using words. Helping others accomplish the same goal is extremely rewarding. I like to see the world through my camera in ways I normally cannot see with my own eyes. Seeing the world beyond vision is a gift that photography gives me.”
Don’s first mass-produced book, Sky Crystals: Unraveling the Mysteries of Snowflakes shows his attention to detail and desire to understand the world around him. Don began studying the science of snowflakes on the same day he first photographed them, nearly four years prior to the publication of this book. Since then, understanding and photographing snowflakes has become a non-stop passion. Don will also be featured in an upcoming episode of The Nature of Things with David Suzuki.
Always science-minded but never formally trained, Don uses photography as a way to explore and understand the world around him. Photographing something unusual or unknown is the perfect excuse to learn something new. Don’s work often pushes up against the technical limitations of modern camera equipment and the physical limitations of light itself.
“Pushing the limits of light while still producing visually stunning images is my passion. If someone is captivated enough to re-evaluate the world around them, I’ve done my job.”
F/8 and Be There: A guide to capturing nature’s best moments
We often struggle getting into the right spot to photograph wildlife or natural landscapes at exactly the right time and location. The solution lies within previsualization and understanding our subjects on more than a photographic level. How do we find that perfect composition? It starts before we pick up the camera, and is captured with a perfectly orchestrated shutter click.
The Unseen World: Infrared and Ultraviolet photography
Exploring the world beyond human vision can be a fantastic adventure, and it can help photographers break out of conventional thinking and find creative opportunities in normally mundane subjects. How do we find the magic in the unknown? How to we capture and process these images to be fairy-tale representations of our own reality? Enter a photographic world unlike any other.
Macro Photography: The Universe at out Feet
Countless intriguing subjects are available in our own backyards, or can be assembled on our kitchen tables to represent a beautiful-yet-unknown view of the world around us. Macro photography is one of the best avenues of experimentation for photographers, so how can you inject your own inventiveness and creativity into this small scale photographic universe?
Making Magic: A Mad Scientist Approach to Photography
Using invisible ink and ultraviolet flashes for experimental photography, we can create beautiful subjects with an other-worldly quality. Insects and flowers behave differently in ultraviolet, and the tiny universe at our feet becomes much more interesting to explore when we reveal these hidden patterns. It’s easier to explore than you might think!
Post Processing: Transforming an image into reality, and pushing past it.
Using a bit of psychology to understand how we “read” photographs, we can explore ways to make our images more appealing with simple edits, some of which you may have never considered. Bridging the gap between what the camera captured and what we saw with our own eyes is one of the most important goals in photographic editing! It can be interesting to explore this process beyond our own reality and create truly surreal images that make us question what we see in the world.