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Improve Your Macro Photography with Don Komarechka - Behind the Shot

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Join Don Komarechka and me as we explore his image "Lady in Green", a macro image of a sweet bee on a cornflower, on this episode of Behind the Shot.
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A 2 (23 days ago)
Howie Mandel and frotto baggins of the shire talking about photography!!!! haha just kidding I enjoyed this video
Behind The Shot (23 days ago)
A 2 Don’s link is above for you.
A 2 (23 days ago)
haha... ok thanks
Behind The Shot (23 days ago)
A 2 I passed this on to Don, so watch here for any link.
Don Komarechka (23 days ago)
+A 2 Check out the Yongnuo YN-14EX: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1125848-REG/yongnuo_yn_14ex_c_ttl_led_macro_ring.html/BI/8924/KBID/10335/kw/YOYN14EXC/DFF/d10-v2-t1-xYOYN14EXC
A 2 (23 days ago)
could I get a link to the ring flash he was talking about for 90$
Lau Bjerno (1 month ago)
17:18 "I'm sure this bee is aware of my presence". Honestly, I'm pretty sure she isn't! Those compound eyes (and the tiny brain behind it) are not designed to discern shapes. They're designed to register movements, and they're extremely good at that. Each individual eye sees only a tiny part of the entire eye's field of view, and if an object rapidly move across the field of view of several eyes, the insect automatically and instantly reacts. But if you move slowly enough, most insects won't even know you're there. A housefly might feel and react to the heat from your hand if you come too close, but if you first hold the hand under the cold tap for a few moments to cool it, quickly dry it off and then slowly approach the fly, it might not notice you until your finger actually touches it! (You'll need a steady hand, though). This is why, if you've come too close to a wasps' nest and alarmed them so that a swarm comes out (surprisingly quickly!) and begins to search the area for potential enemies, your best chance is to calmly and very slowly move away. Because if you run or wave your arms to fend them off, you're basically shouting to them, "HERE I AM!" Now, some insects do have a better eyesight. A Bluebottle is a lot smarter than a housefly or a bee, and it will see you, almost no matter what you do.
Don Komarechka (1 month ago)
Lau, thanks very much for your thoughtful commentary here! What you write makes a lot of sense, and if that was the whole picture than you'd be right. However, if you also add in the fact that I am changing my angles frequently while rapid-fire shooting with very bright pulses of light, there is definitely a reaction from most insects. Spiders and long-legged flies have the most immediate response, with long-legged flies being so photo-reactive that a TTL preflash will make them jump out of the frame before the full flash actually fires. Bees of any variety are less "jumpy", but I have noticed many bees reacting to my presence. Often times honeybees will stick out their mid and back legs as some sort of reaction in defense or avoidance when I eclipse the sun by my extreme proximity, or they would avoid flowers that I was closest to - another way my presence affects the behaviour of the foraging insects. In sort, I've been able to "pet" some bees because they are just clueless of my presence... maybe not the smartest thing I've done. Other times my actions are somewhat noticed and I can see the effects of that. :)
Johnny (2 months ago)
Don, you are so handsome. I wish I could take your portrait.
Leroy 500 (2 months ago)
God I love this video it was enjoyable and informative.
Behind The Shot (2 months ago)
Leroy Keith Glad you enjoyed it man!
Sorry, but that's fake. The way the legs are positioned and sitting on the flower, its body and head position, etc. This wouldn't happen naturally. The bee is either chilled or dead and posed. You should have googled "bees on flowers images."
Don Komarechka (2 months ago)
+Luke Bennett it's all about flash duration! Imagine that you're in a completely dark room and you set your camera for a 10 minute exposure. It would be black. If you arbitrarily pop a flash off during the exposure, what is the length of your exposure? 10 minutes, or the duration of the flash? Technically both, but it's only the latter one we care about. The same is true when you set your camera to it's flash sync speed and the flash is going to be the dominant light source. 1/200sec would yield a very under-exposed or completely black image if your flash is doing all the work, so the duration of the flash is important to remove motion blur. The average LED flash has a duration of maybe 1/300 sec or so. A xenon flash tube at it's lowest power setting (common for macro when the flash is right next to the subject) is roughly 1/20,000sec. That's a huge difference. LEDs might be find if you're all buttoned down and your subject is static, or if you're shooting video and they are on continuously... but for all other scenarios a traditional flash tube will be best. :)
Luke Bennett (2 months ago)
+Don Komarechka Thankyou so much for all your amazing information and epic photos! I do have a question about the ring flash though. Were you saying the ring flashes you like to use are not LED? Is there a disadvantage to using an LED ring flash?
Don Komarechka (2 months ago)
+shaun brown so glad you enjoyed my reply here - I don't like when my honesty is questioned. :) Glad you've watched a few of my videos - hopefully more to come soon! If you have any questions about macro photography, feel free to reach out and ask.
shaun brown (2 months ago)
+Don Komarechka well said too many keyboard warriors willing to slag someone off, loved the interview, probably not as much as the one you did with the Northrup's, which is the first time i even heard of you, just getting into macro and you have given me the push i have needed, thanks
Don Komarechka (4 months ago)
Hello Herman, sorry that you do not believe this image is real but my aim is to change your opinion on that, because it is real, unstaged, and completely natural. I had been thinking about how to prove the honesty of this shot, and the only answer I think that would satisfy you is to see ALL of the shots taken from this series, their successes and failures in different bee "positions". Some worked well, some didn't work at all. In total there were 277 shots - I'm even including the dark frames where my flash didn't fire because it was recharging too slowly. You can find all of the images here, just for you (and anyone else reading this): http://donkom.ca/sweat-bee/ - if you want to download them all at once I have included a zip file that you should see at the top. I encourage your scrutiny on my work - you'll find it to be real. For reference, the unedited version of the image we discuss here is called _1011112.RW2. I'd be happy to provide you with a RAW file of any image that you'd like to get a full resolution closer look at (these were uploaded at 1400x wide for the consideration of bandwidth). I have never once lied about my work. I take threats to that seriously, as comments such as yours could easily damage my reputation and I would go to any lengths to prove the legitimacy of my images. Furthermore, feel free to contact me directly - my e-mail address and phone number are not hard to find, and discuss anything about this image or any other image I have ever taken. Check out my work - I discuss at length the process used to create every image. I hope this satisfies your skepticism, which I always encourage. I don't think anyone should take something at face value, I think that the honesty in anything always has room for questions... but I also think that blatantly claiming something is untrue or fake without all of the evidence or without an open mind is, well, incomplete. Sincerely, - Don Komarechka
Fisheye Adventures (4 months ago)
Do you know Stewart Wood? He looks like you, he has the same intro like you and he doing macro photography on Youtube!:D
Behind The Shot (4 months ago)
Hey Fisheye Adventures! I do not know him, but did just look him up. Looks like some great content, and yeah, we are using the same After Effects template intro (from a site that sells them, and the first other person I have seen with it) I don't do Macro Photography myself, although this episode's guest Don Komarechka does. Stewart is one I will have to check out too. Thanks!
ivan whitehall (4 months ago)
Profound
Pien Andriessen (6 months ago)
This episode isn't only a great joy to watch, but it's also one of the most interesting in-depth videos on macro photography on YouTube. Thank you very much gentlemen, both for asking the right questions and sharing your knowledge!
Behind The Shot (6 months ago)
Hi Pip! Thanks for watching! I am planning to have Don on again soon to cover some of the other types of photography he does too.
Keerthi kumar (6 months ago)
It's don for real.....my god Thanks...
Keerthi kumar (6 months ago)
+Steve Brazill I subd that moment itself when don was on the show
Steve Brazill (6 months ago)
Keerthi kumar Oh yeah... THANK YOU for watching.
Steve Brazill (6 months ago)
Keerthi kumar Yup! I just hung his Snowflake poster in my studio too. So good.

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