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Canadian Science Publishing Covers

I am incredibly honoured to have some of my science-focused imagery currently presented on a number of scientific journals!

 

The Canadian Journal of Physics features a photograph of a very special translucent micrometeorite, measuring roughly a third of a millimeter in diameter. This particular extraterrestrial gem is composed of forsterite – otherwise known in its gemstone form as peridot. Hundreds of images stacked together using a 50x microscope objective, it’s one of the smallest subjects I have ever photographed. Illuminated to reveal surface textures as well as showcase the translucency with light shining through the space rock, it was also one of the most challenging subjects to light.

 

The Canadian Journal of Microbiology is showcasing an image of a mulberry leaf with a fungal infection, photographed using ultraviolet light which causes the subject to fluoresce. The leaf itself isn’t very fluorescent, but the fungus is; this leads to a complex interaction of light around the stomata and a “gradient” from living cells to dead ones across the frame. Photographed with a 20x microscope objective and focus stacked using continuous UV lights, this image was not without its challenges. Unlike a micrometeorite, living biological specimens tend to move on a small scale. The leaf had to be flattened on all sides just out of the frame to prevent as much movement as possible – curling due to being plucked from the tree and subjected to intense UV light and heat.

 

These images represent a segment of my professional work that leans heavily towards science and physics, while also trying to be as artistic as possible. I never expect images such as these to attract a wider audience – they are mostly intended to satisfy my own curiosities and passions and anyone else who may share them; it’s a small niche, but I enjoy the end results. To have such uncommon images featured in the covers of scientific journals? It proves something that I have been aware of for a long while: no matter how obscure your subject, in a world that is increasingly a “global village”, someone out there will find value in what you create.

 

To learn exactly how these types of images are created, I encourage you to check out my comprehensive guide to macro photography in the form of a 384-page hardcover book on the topic: www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1637255-REG/don_komarechka... - as “niche” as it might seem, I dedicated a small section of the book to micrometeorites within the high-magnification chapter. Why? When I write a book and it’s self-published, no “higher-up business person” can tell me that certain subjects won’t sell well. :)

 

You can check out the journals here:

Canadian Journal of Physics: cdnsciencepub.com/journal/cjp

Canadian Journal of Microbiology: cdnsciencepub.com/journal/cjm

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Uploaded on January 12, 2022