Don Komarechka

Nature-Macro-Landscape Photographer
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How Obscure Niches Translate into a Successful Career

With Full Registration & À la Carte
Monday, April 29, 2019
10:00am to 12:00pm

In today’s Global Village, the most obscure skills can find a use half-way around the world. If you focus on narrow niches and become the best at something, there will be someone, somewhere, who needs your skills. From extreme close-ups of electronic components to ultraviolet fluorescence of mosquitoes, from infrared stars capes to water droplet refractions, pushing yourself further away from normal can have a valuable impact on the clients you attract. This is the story about weaving a mesh of science and art and the misadventures along the way.

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Constructing Magic: How To Build Fantasy Worlds On A Small Scale

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Saturday, April 27, 2019
8:00am to 9:30am

Turn water droplets into crystal balls and make flowers glow like something out of a science fiction movie, there are many aspects of macro photography that can be controlled and constructed into a fairy-tale narrative. This demonstration showcases some simple techniques to make magic, and illustrates just how deep the rabbit hole goes when you mesh science and art together.


Don Komarechka is a nature, macro and landscape photographer located in Barrie, Ontario. 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. 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.