Don Komarechka Macro Magician Extraordinaire (Podcast 664)

Don Komarechka Macro Magician Extraordinaire (Podcast 664)

Don Komarechka
Don Komarechka

This week I share a chat with my friend Don Komarechka about his awesome macro work and his upcoming crowd-funded book. Don is an incredibly talented photographer, and probably the only photographer I know that is geekier than I am when it comes to diving into the details.

There’s no shortage of geekiness in our chat either, and although I won’t transcribe the conversation for the blog, I have posted some of Don’s beautiful macro photographs below that we talk about in our conversation, along with a wealth of macro photography and mad scientist-style conversation with one of my favorite guests.

The episode that Don mentions during our conversation was Self Publishing Sky Crystal in Episode 406.

Macro Photography: The Universe at our Feet

When we recorded our chat in the middle of May, Don was still working on getting his Kickstarter project launched, but luckily, the day before I left for Namibia, as I worked on this post, Don sent me a link and some beautiful shots of his new book, Macro Photography: The Universe at Our Feet.

I’ll create a gallery of photos of the book below, but for now, I’d like to also quickly mention that Don runs a great Podcast Photo Geek Weekly that you might also want to check out, and to see his workshops and connect check out Don’s main website at www.donkom.ca.

Anyway, here are the photographs that we discuss in our chat. Please listen with the audio player above. and I hope you enjoy the conversation.

Don Komarechka’s Macro Work

Don’s New Book


Show Notes

Back Don’s Kickstarter and get a copy of his new book here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/donkom/macro-photography

Check out Don’s Website here: www.donkom.ca

And also don’t forget to check out Don’s weekly photography Podcast: http://photogeekweekly.com/

Music by Martin Bailey


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Don Komarechka the Mad Scientist Photographer (Podcast 533)

Don Komarechka the Mad Scientist Photographer (Podcast 533)

This week I share an awesome conversation with my friend Don Komarechka about his most recent crazy scientist photography, as he sinks his teeth into full-spectrum, infrared and ultraviolet photography, as well as stereoscopic 3D macro photography.

As Don himself said when he emailed me about this new work, it makes for a fun outside-the-box chat, which I’m sure you are going to enjoy. We didn’t script any of this, so there is no manuscript this week, but below are the 14 images that Don shared with us.

You can find Don and connect with him via the social links on his web site at www.donkom.ca.

These photos are pretty high resolution, so open up your browser window nice and wide, then click on them to view the larger image. To stop the images from auto-advancing, just place your mouse over them.

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For this 3D macro photography, you can actually view them in 3D by going cross-eyed, and adjust your eyes until the point where both images overlap. I also had to tilt my head slightly, because one eye is higher than the other. Once you get the two images registered though, the effect is amazing, so do give it a try.

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Show Notes

Catch up with Don Komarechka on his web site here: www.donkom.ca

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Self Publishing Sky Crystals with Don Komarechka (Podcast 406)

Self Publishing Sky Crystals with Don Komarechka (Podcast 406)

Today I talk with Don Komarechka about what he learned from his recent experience as he self-published his incredible new book, Sky Crystals – Unraveling the Mysteries of Snowflakes. Don is a photographer based in Barrie, Ontario, Canada and a fellow This Week in Photo Podcast co-host, and now also a fellow X-Rite Coloratti member.

In our hour long discussion we talk about various aspects of self-publishing, including…

  • Crowd funding – Kickstarter/Indiegogo
  • Book design and layout tools used
  • Press printing technologies
  • Color management technologies
  • Media/Paper stock selection
  • Postage cost underestimation and other issues that Don came across
  • Some techniques for photographing snowflakes

Here’s the photo that Don mentioned, of him checking the pages of his book literally as they came off the press.

Don Overseeing the Printing Process

Don Overseeing the Printing Process

There are plenty of copies left, so you can still buy Sky Crystals here: http://skycrystals.ca/

Sky Crystals Book Cover

And here are a few more of Don’s beautiful snowflake images too.

Snowflakes © Don Komarechka

Snowflakes © Don Komarechka

Snowflake © Don Komarechka

Snowflake © Don Komarechka

Snowflakes © Don Komarechka

Snowflakes © Don Komarechka

 


Show Notes

Catch up with Don here: http://www.donkom.ca/

Previous chats with Don:
An Interview with Don Komarechka
Printing Chinwag with Don Komarechka

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Printing Chinwag with Don Komarechka (Podcast 366)

Printing Chinwag with Don Komarechka (Podcast 366)

This week, TWiP co-host Don Komarechka and I hook-up again to talk about printing, a passion we both share.

Here are the points discussed:

– Why print?
– A photo isn’t truly done until it’s printed
– Helps to hone your craft

– How big can you print an image from a typical digital file?
– Choices of paper: discuss our favourites and why

– Do it yourself or get someone else to to do it?
– How much does a good printer cost? Paper & ink?
– How big do you go?
– Expect to waste money and consumables while learning

– Colour Management
– Screen & Printer
– What does spending more on calibration gear get you?
– Why it’s necessary – prints come out too dark!
– Soft-proofing

And here are some of the images that I mentioned during our conversation…

5 Meter Wide Wall Mural

5 Meter Wide Wall Mural

Here’s a photo of me with that 24×48″ print that I mentioned. This was from a 10 megapixel image, embiggened in Perfect Resize.

Martin with 2 x 4 Foot Print

Martin with 2 x 4 Foot Print

Here’s the comparison between five of Breathing Color’s papers — All excellent papers, but reflectiveness is something to bear in mind, especially if you’ll be framing under glass or perspex, which adds another layer of reflectivity, unless you go for anti-glare glass. I actually just really like matte prints anyway, and Optica One, on the very left here is my favorite. Just look how deep those blacks are and how rich the rest of the colors are!! From left to right these are Optica One, Elegance Velvet, Vibrance Rag, Vibrance Luster and Vibrance Gloss . My favorite gloss paper is Vibrance Rag, the middle one.

Paper Samples

Paper Samples

By the way, if you buy anything from Breathing Color, use the code MBP20 for a $20 discount off any order of $20 or more.

And I thought I’d throw this in for good measure. My Canon imagePROGRAF iPF6350 printing out a couple of profile charts.

Printing Printer Profiling Targets

Printing Printer Profiling Targets

Here are the three main tiers in X-Rite’s line up – from left to right, the ColorMunki Photo, the i1 Pro 2 and the i1 Display Pro.

X-Rite Calibration Product Comparison

X-Rite Calibration Product Comparison

Support Don’t Snowflake book here, and more importantly get your own copy, or one of the other great value packages!

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You can pick up my Craft & Vision ebook, Making the Print – Printing Techniques for the Digital Photographer – A MASTERCLASS here.

Making The Print Cover Spread

You can also read the article I mentioned, “Why Resolution Matters, But Doesn’t Matter”, in Craft & Vision’s digital magazine, PHOTOGRAPH Issue #2.

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Show Notes

See Don’s work here: http://www.donkom.ca/

Help fund the Snowflake Book: http://igg.me/at/skycrystals/

Don on Google Plus

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An Interview with Don Komarechka (Podcast 357)

An Interview with Don Komarechka (Podcast 357)

Here’s a chat with Don Komarechka, a nature photographer from Ontario, Canada, who in addition to beautiful landscape work, shoots the most amazing snowflake photographs! Because this was a discussion, I don’t have a transcript for you this week, but below are some examples of Don’t snowflake images and a shot from the Yukon and Bulgaria, that we talked about in our conversation.

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Snowflake - Don Komarechka

Snowflake – Don Komarechka

Snowflake - Don Komarechka

Snowflake – Don Komarechka

Snowflake - Don Komarechka

Snowflake – Don Komarechka

Snowflake - Don Komarechka

Snowflake – Don Komarechka

Snowflake - Don Komarechka

Snowflake – Don Komarechka

The Yukon - Don Komarechka

The Yukon – Don Komarechka

Bulgaria - Don Komarechka

Bulgaria – Don Komarechka

 


Show Notes

Don’t Web site: www.donkom.ca
Don on Google+: https://plus.google.com/111166628430361488384/posts
The video Don Mentions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeIAIvoYw7g

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