I was born and raised in NJ and started out attending art school in NY for graphic design in the mid- 1980’s. During that time, I received my first film camera and that moment changed the direction of my life forever! The camera allowed me to combine my love of our natural world by giving me the tool to capture all that beauty in an artistic way. I immersed myself in all technical aspects of photography, from my humble beginnings in a camera club, to now being a full time professional nature photographer. I still look back fondly at my early years because at the camera club, I met the two people who would mentor me through the years and soon become my friends! I have won numerous awards locally as well as nationally, but my greatest achievement has been the start of my own photography tour company called Roamin’ with Roman, that caters to small groups (only 4 participants in the US) and provides individualized attention. The company has since grown to include international destinations but the satisfaction I get from teaching on my instructional tours remians one of my most memorable photographic achievements and drives me to this day.
I still live in NJ and have been married to my wife Pura since 1989. She has always been my biggest supporter. After all, she is the one who gave me that first camera! She also gave me my greatest gift in my two sons, Gregory and Ian, and I know that I am truly blessed! In February of 2011, I released my e-book; “A Digital Guide to Photographing the Night Sky” and it is available as both a download on my website or as a CD.
- 100’s of presentations at camera clubs from NJ to Massachusetts.
- 2012 speaker at the NECCC conference with over 650 people attending “night program” over 3 days.
- 2012 speaker at the Nature Vision photo expo with macro and wildlife presentation.
- 2012 speaker at the PSA conference in San Francisco.
- April 2013 speaker at the St. Augustine Birding and Photo fest with a hands-on macro program and presentations on wildlife photography.
- July 2013 speaker at the NECCC conference with a hands on macro presentation and programs over 3 days on photographing wildlife.
- November 2013 keynote speaker at the Chicago area photographers (CAPS)
Title:Fire Bellied Toad
Photo by:Roman Kurywczak
Lens:70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro Shutter:1/250 sec Aperture:F14 ISO Setting:800
Description:Underwater photography has always intrigued me but the time and cost to become proficient at it just didn’t fit into my schedule or my budget! I am always dreaming of new ways to use my macro lenses and after a trip to the aquarium; where photography is difficult at best, I decided I would take the same approach as photographing through glass but at the convenience of my own home. The Sigma 70mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro would be perfect for this! Off to the local pet store I went and purchased a 2&1/2 gallon fish tank and 2 fire bellied toads. I then went to a local pond and used a container to grab some duckweed out of it. I placed a stone and the duckweed into the tank and then the toad. I used 2 printed backgrounds (one of a sky and one of dark out of focus greenery) and carefully positioned them at the water line. I also used a gold reflector to light the underside of the toad and a friend to constantly clean the glass of the toads’ footprints. They now reside in my large fish tank upstairs.
Title:Summer Bloom High Key
Photo by:Roman Kurywczak
Lens:70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro Shutter:1/13 sec Aperture:F22 ISO Setting:640
Description:What I love about macro photography is how accessible it is to everyone and you can do it at any time of year. Flowers are always my favorite subject and even in the winter months are available in most supermarkets! I was photographing the “Fun with Stars and Stripes” image using my old light box for illumination. It was set it on the floor so that I could shoot down at my subjects and straddle the table with my tripod. I had bought a bouquet of flowers that day to photograph as well. When I grabbed one of the daisies from the bouquet, I accidentally dropped it on the light table as I was walking by and it landed upside down on the table. I loved the almost x-ray look it gave to the daisies and I then took a whole bunch more and just dropped them onto the table. I then took a sunflower out of the remaining bouquet and placed it in the middle. As the center of the sunflower is dark, I used a hand held LED light to open up the center.
Title:Fun with Stars and Stripes
Photo by:Roman Kurywczak
Lens:70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro Shutter:1/15 sec Aperture:F22 ISO Setting:800
Description:I love photographing macro subjects’ indoors on rainy days and I decided to experiment with a light box I had from the days of shooting slides. I set the light table on the floor and placed an American Flag bandana on it effectively backlighting it. I then elevated a clear plastic plate about 6 inches above the table and filled it with seltzer water. I moved around until I found a pleasing composition using the central part of the plate as a diagonal element. You can also try this with flowers and other subjects!
I have tested the Sigma 60-600mm Sports lens out on my Roamin’ with Roman workshop in the Grand Tetons for three days and wanted to share with you my ...
Sigma 100-400mm Contemporary at 330mm and f/22 for 1/250th of a sec. and ISO 250 with the Sigma EM- 140 Macro flash at plus 3 © Roman Kurywczak | 2017 I ...
Sigma 14mm f/1.8 Art on a Canon 1Dx at f/1.8 for 15 seconds and ISO 1600 mounted on Induro CLT404L Stealth Carbon Fiber Tripod and BHL3S ballhead © ...
Sigma 12-24mm f/4 Art at 12mm and f/22 for 1/50th of a sec. and ISO 800 mounted on Induro Carbon fiber tripod and BHL3S ballhead © Roman Kurywczak | ...