Interview with Photographer Don Komarechka

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Hi everyone! I am really excited to announce the newest ON1 Guru, Don Komarechka. He will be guest coaching the ON1 Plus community the entire month of June. I had the privilege to connect with him and learn more about his journey in photography. Please enjoy this candid interview and slideshow of photos from his master portfolio.

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. Learn more about Don over on his website: www.donkom.ca

 

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20 comments on “Interview with Photographer Don Komarechka”

  1. On April 11, 2018 at 6:08 pm Phyllis Veit wrote:

    Hi Don Glad to meet you. I have a problem. I’m stuck in Resize and don’t see an export button that works.

    1. On April 11, 2018 at 8:01 pm Nathan Keudell replied:

      Hi Phyllis, In the bottom right hand corner click “Done” to save and return to Browse or click the icon just to the right (the square with an arrow pointing up) to “Export” the photo. If you’re having more problems please contact priority support: www.on1.com/plus-support/

  2. On April 11, 2018 at 8:06 pm Dave Miller wrote:

    Don, I’ve followed your work for a bit and really looking forward to meeting you and learning from you. I am particularly excited to learn the water droplet refraction techniques!

    1. On April 12, 2018 at 8:35 am Don Komarechka replied:

      Thanks for following my work, Dave! The water droplet work is really fun, once you get all the puzzle pieces connected. Alignment and lighting are key – but we’ll go over all that I’m sure. Lots to look forward to!

  3. On April 11, 2018 at 9:45 pm Julie Boyle wrote:

    Sounds absolutely great. “Outside the box” really appeals to me and I have just purchased my first ‘true’ macro lens and can’t wait to see what I can do with it artistically.

    1. On April 12, 2018 at 8:37 am Don Komarechka replied:

      Thanks Julie, it’ll be a very creative month! Macro photographers play by a different rulebook and have creative opportunities that you wouldn’t think of in any other genre of photography. We’ll be exploring as many of them as we can!

  4. On April 12, 2018 at 8:11 am Bohdan wrote:

    Hi Don and welcome. All this sound very exciting. I am really looking forward to see and learning about your inferred photography and how I can apply that to what I do in my own back yard. I have always wanted to expand my learning micro/macro photography. This may be just what I need to get me pointed in the right direction.

    1. On April 12, 2018 at 8:40 am Don Komarechka replied:

      Glad you’re excited, Bohdan, there will be plenty of room to discuss backyard possibilities. With our primary focus of macro photography, it really develops into an exploration of “the unseen world”. As soon as you start to see things on a different scale, the creative possibilities evolve into a whole universe at our feet. :)

  5. On April 13, 2018 at 3:42 am Hanny Ooms wrote:

    Hi Don,
    Hope you are going to do some infrared as well. Especially the editing part in On1 Photo Raw. Looking forward to June!

    1. On April 13, 2018 at 8:28 am Don Komarechka replied:

      Hey Hanny – I’m always happy to entertain other workflows beyond macro, even though that’s what the focus will be. ON1 might have to bring me back in for a month of infrared work as the primary focus, though! :)

      1. On April 13, 2018 at 6:16 pm Hanny Ooms replied:

        Hope they do! An excellent idea!

      2. On April 13, 2018 at 6:18 pm Hanny Ooms replied:

        What about Macro infrared??!!!

  6. On April 13, 2018 at 11:10 am nina wrote:

    Hi, Don. Fabulous to hear and see that you’re guest coaching. Admire your work enormously and also listen to your podcasts. You’re definitely one of my photography heroes. I’ve just started working with ON1 and am very excited to see what you do with it.

  7. On April 15, 2018 at 11:20 am Mark Wilson wrote:

    Hi Don. I’ve been following your work for about 6 months now and I find it fascinating. Being a geek and a hobby photographer I really love your Photo Geek Weekly podcast (photogeekweekly.com/). The fact that you’re going to be here at ON1 in a few weeks is really exciting. I love macro photography so I’ll be looking forward to the water droplet refraction photography discussion. I also have an old UV light so as soon as the Ottawa snow finally melts I’ll be out in the garden to see what glows. Can’t wait for June.

  8. On April 15, 2018 at 2:15 pm Gilles Benoit wrote:

    Hi Don,
    It’s great to see someone from our side of the border joining the ON1 Team.
    Looking forward to learning more about your techniques on Macro Photography.
    Gilles
    Gatineau, PQ

  9. On April 22, 2018 at 10:36 pm Dean Thompson wrote:

    Hi Don
    I look forward to seeing what you have in store for us. And it’s good to see a Canadian photographer on the as a guest teacher. Perhaps one day I will get a chance to share with On One.
    On another note I would like to pick your brain on commercial photography licensing in Canada. As I’m working on a project that I may need licensing.
    www.datsphotography.ca
    Dean

  10. On April 26, 2018 at 1:16 am Peter Kingma wrote:

    Hi Don, love your photography. Curious about your ‘teachings’ in June.
    I’ll probably be in France at that point in time, but I’ll try to follow your month of being a guest coach as good as I can. ‘See’ you in June and welcome to the On1 Plus community.
    Peter Kingma, Netherlands

  11. On April 27, 2018 at 5:44 pm Amy Perlmutter wrote:

    Hi Don-
    I have been following you for a few years now. As a matter of fact, a while ago you offered two for one on your snowflake book if you donated the second book. I donated it to the high school in my neighborhood and they’re enjoying it as am I. You’re so creative and different. I’m looking forward to your time spent with On1 in June.
    Amy

  12. On April 30, 2018 at 3:55 pm Douglas Margison wrote:

    From Fredericton New Brunswick:

    Hi Don,

    Looking forward to your coaching on nature, macro & landscape photography.
    I am trying to do macro shots of scenes on my model railroad — currently stacking with Helicon Focus. Going on a trip to Europe next fall — guidance doing landscapes will be helpful. Like to get shots of birds in the backyard.

    Douglas

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