Saturday, November 5, 2016

Snowflake draft #3

Here is two snowflakes, quickly processed for Snowflake draft series. Both photos was taken March 19, 2013 - quite late for serious snowflake photography, but that day was cold, and i have nice catch of interesting snow crystals without visible melting:

Snowflake macro photo: Draft_3-1 - cluster of three stellar dendrite snow crystals with long and sharp arms, glittering on dark grey textured background
Snowflake photo: Draft_3-1 (2400 x 1800)

I like this cluster of three stellar dendrites with thin and sharp arms, resembling blades. However, it was hard to process: that cluster was captured from non-ideal angle, so it slightly out of focus at top and bottom edges. Also, it lays high over background, touching single wool fibers in one or two points - this visually separates snow crystal from surrounding background and looks nice, but this unstable construction shifts and rotates from every light blow of the wind. I've spent lots of time, until achieved good alignment of all 8 source shots for averaging process.

Prints of this spiky cluster available at: Artist website (mirrors at Pixels and FineArtAmerica), RedBubble.com.
Licenses for commercial use - at Shutterstock.com, Marketplace.500px.com.

Here you'll find similar flat cluster with three snowflakes, captured on glass with LED back lighting:

Snowflake photo: Three-in-one - cluster of big stellar dendrite and two simple snow crystals, sparkling on bright blue-gray gradient background

This single stellar dendrite crystal have big central hexagon with beautiful inner structure, though it's six arms is not perfectly symmetrical, if we look closely at their side branches:

Snowflake macro photo: Draft_3-2 - large stellar dendrite snow crystal with big central hexagon and ornate arms, glowing on dark grey background
Snowflake photo: Draft_3-2 (2048 x 1536)

Prints available at: Artist website (mirrors at Pixels and FineArtAmerica), RedBubble.com.
Licenses for commercial use - at Shutterstock.com, Marketplace.500px.com.

Here is very first pack of draft snowflakes - catch of December 18, 2015:

Snowflake macro photos: four real snow crystals of different types, glowing on dark grey wool background in diffused light - Alexey Kljatov

If you want to see more snowflakes, you can browse through all snowflake pictures.
Here you'll find snowflake photo wallpapers in numerous resolutions and screen proportions, up to Ultra HD 4K.
And here is article about snowflake macro photography.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Snowflake flash drives from USB Memory Direct

An American company USB Memory Direct specializes in producing USB flash drives with custom shape, color and print on drive's surface, and has been a leader in the industry for over fourteen years. They can make flash drive case from many materials: plastic, metal, silicone, rubber, and even wood and leather. The company offers wide range of drive shapes and designs - more than 50, and will even make exclusive shape, based on drawing or sketch that you'll provide them!

For my order, i instantly selected these twist drives: this nice hexagonal shape is great for snowflake design. For logo background, i've picked silhouette of big snowflake Silverware / Neon.

The result looks even better than i expected. I'm impressed by drives exclusive look:

Custom flash drives by USB Memory Direct (www.usbmemorydirect.com): white hexagonal design with light blue snowflake logo
Snowflake flash drive: angle 1

Flash drives in my order already formatted in FAT32 file system and instantly ready to work.

I like print quality very much: logo printed directly on drive case, it's glossy, have good resolution, contrast and colors, and smooth blue/white gradient in the middle of logo looks perfectly even at magnified photo:

Snowflake flash drives by usbmemorydirect.com (USB Memory Direct): twist drive with hexagonal design and blue on white logo
Snowflake flash drive: angle 2

I'm very pleased by drive pack from USB Memory Direct, and certainly will make new orders in the future! I recommend this company for anyone who need custom flash drives with exclusive look and feel.

Pack of 25 custom flash drives by USB Memory Direct (usbmemorydirect.com): twist drives in white hexagonal design with blue logo
Pack of 25 custom flash drives by USB Memory direct

Monday, October 10, 2016

Snowflake vectors 2

I've already created two vector snowflake images, trying to make them very similar to original photos. This time i tried different approach: my goal is creating simplified image in just two colors, which represent only most significant details of real snow crystal, traced to smooth curves.

As source images i've picked again large and complex crystal Gardener's dream and small Forget-me-not.

Close-up snowflake picture: Gardener's dream, large stellar dendrite snow crystal with massive arms and big central hexagon, divided by six sectors

Snowflake vector picture: Gardener's dream, blue snow crystal on white background. This image based on real snowflake macro photo
Vector files: EPS and SVG formats, pre-rendered PNG: 8000 x 8000

Prints available at Artist website (mirrors at Pixels and FineArtAmerica), RedBubble.com.
Licenses for commercial use - at Shutterstock.com.

This version shows only highlights of snow crystal's glossy surface on black background:

Snowflake vector image: Gardener's dream, white snow crystal on clear black background. This image based on real snowflake picture
Vector files: EPS and SVG formats, pre-rendered PNG: 8000 x 8000

Prints available at Artist website (mirrors at Pixels and FineArtAmerica), RedBubble.com.
Licenses for commercial use - at Shutterstock.com.

Imho, these vectors looks quite nice on beautiful girls from RedBubble:

Gardener's dream, bright and dark snowflake vector designs at RedBubble.com

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Capped column (reworked)

I've already processed this unusual snowflake three years ago, but recently pull it out of archive and decided to fully re-process. I'm happy to see that my processing workflow improved over time: new version have slightly better details, colors and contrast. Also, i keep lots of empty space around crystal in all directions, and created special variant with isolated snowflake on transparent background: all this is needed for quality prints on various products. I glad that such tiny snow crystal (slightly bigger than 1 millimeter on longer axis) now available in full range of print variations.

Snowflake macro photo: Capped column, unusual snow crystal with massive icy column and two small hexagonal caps on opposite ends
Snowflake photo: Capped column, new variant (1200 x 900)

Prints available at Artist website (mirrors at Pixels and FineArtAmerica), RedBubble.com.
Licenses for commercial use - at Shutterstock.com, 500px.com.

8 RAW photos was taken as quick series, aligned and averaged to improve signal / noise ratio of this picture.

Here you can see differences between old and new processing:

Comparison snowflake picture: unusual capped column snow crystal - old vs new processing
Old vs new capped column pictures

And here you'll find another, even more strange variant of capped column - with thin column, and caps of different shape and size:

Snowflake macro photo: small snow crystal of capped column type with thin column and wide caps of different size and shape

If you want to see more snowflakes, you can browse through all snowflake pictures.
Here you'll find snowflake photo wallpapers in numerous resolutions and screen proportions, up to Ultra HD 4K.
And here is article about snowflake macro photography.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Stars in my pocket like grains of sand

Snowflake macro photo: Stars in my pocket like grains of sand, cluster of two stellar dendrite snowflakes with complex and elegant structure
Snowflake photo: Stars in my pocket like grains of sand (2560 x 1920)

I borrow this title from sci-fi book, written by amazing author Samuel R. Delany.

This is tiny cluster of two stellar dendrite snowflakes: large and medium size. It was flat, and perfectly fits in focus without focus stacking technique. I like star shapes and elegant structure of this pair, and their sharp edges, without any traces of melting.

7 identical RAW photos was taken as fast series, aligned and averaged to improve SNR (signal/noise ratio) of this picture. I've used only diffused light of cloudy sky, dark grey wool fabric as background; and macro setup, containing Canon Powershot A650is and lens Helios 44, reversely mounted in front of camera as additional magnifier.

Prints available at Artist website (mirrors at Pixels and FineArtAmerica), RedBubble.com.
Licenses for commercial use - at Shutterstock.com, 500px.com.

Here is slightly different version: without my usual blue color toning. As you can see, completely grey wool fabric shows color variances at high magnification:

Snowflake macro photo: Stars in my pocket like grains of sand (grey), pair of stellar dendrite snowflakes with complex structure, glowing on dark grey background
Snowflake photo: Stars in my pocket like grains of sand, grey variant (2560 x 1920)

Prints available at Artist website (mirrors at Pixels and FineArtAmerica), RedBubble.com.
Licenses for commercial use - at Shutterstock.com, 500px.com.

And this is version with blur background. I've done it easily, because already had precise isolation mask, created at early processing stage:

Snowflake macro photo: Stars in my pocket like grains of sand (blur), two stellar dendrite snowflakes with complex structure, glittering on dark cyan blurred background
Snowflake photo: Stars in my pocket like grains of sand, blur variant (2000 x 2000)

Prints available at Artist website (mirrors at Pixels and FineArtAmerica), RedBubble.com.
Licenses for commercial use - at Shutterstock.com, 500px.com.

Here is another stellar dendrite snowflake, also taken at dark textured backdrop, and processed in same technique:

Snowflake picture: Rigel - stellar dendrite snow crystal with sharp ornate arms, glowing on dark cyan textured background

If you want to see more snowflakes, you can browse through all snowflake pictures.
Here you'll find snowflake photo wallpapers in numerous resolutions and screen proportions, up to Ultra HD 4K.
And here is article about snowflake macro photography.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Collection of fernlike dendrite snowflakes

Fernlike dendrites are common, large and traditional-looking snowflakes. In fact, snow crystals of this type are so big, that many of them can be seen in all details with naked eye, without any magnification tools (especially at contrast background like black wool mitten). I see and photograph huge specimens of this type at regular basis - up to 10 millimeters in size and even bigger! These snowflakes have very small center, and long, complex and massive arms: with many side branches, and lots of icy "petals" and "leaves" on them. These crystals are fragile, and often broke in air, when collide with neighbor snowflakes. In my photo archive, i keep lots of these wonderful crystals, but processing them is hard task: my workflow requires drawing precise mask, which isolates snowflake from background (to be able processing crystal and background separately), and drawing good mask for their complex shape is not easy work.

Here is already processed snowflakes. When i'll process new crystals of this type, i will immediately add here links to them, too. Just click on photos you like, and they will open as full resolution versions:

Snowflake macro photo: Majestic crystal, very big and complex fernlike dendrite with lots of side branches and good symmetry, sparkling on bright gray-blue gradient backgroundCloseup snowflake photo: Asymmetriad, medium size fernlike dendrite snow crystal with relatively simple structure, glittering on light brown-blue gradient background
Snowflake picture: Neon, real snow crystal of fernlike dendrite type, glowing on dark cyan background in LED back lightSnowflake image: Leaves of ice, huge fernlike dendrite snow crystal with tree-like arms, containing many side branches and icy leaves
Snowflake photo: Winter is coming, large fernlike dendrite with traditional look and feel and nice symmetry, sparkling on pale grey-blue gradient backgroundPicture of snowflake: Cloud number 9, very big fernlike dendrite snow crystal, standing on edge against clear blue background and reflected in glass

Here you'll find similar collection with small and simple hexagonal plate snowflakes:

Four hexagonal plate snowflakes: small snow crystal with simple hexagon shape and amazing inner patterns

If you want to see all of my snowflake photos, you may browse through all snowflake pictures.
Here you'll find snowflake photo wallpapers in numerous resolutions and screen proportions, up to Ultra HD 4K.
And here is article about snowflake macro photography.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Sunflower

Snowflake macro photo: Sunflower, unusual snow crystal with large, flat and empty central hexagon, relief outer rim and short arms with ridges, sparkling on bright blue-grey gradient background
Snowflake photo: Sunflower (1600 x 1200)

Very interesting snowflake: with big and flat central hexagon (almost without any features), relief outer rim and arms with many ridges - quite unusual combination. This is medium size snow crystal, just 3 millimeters from tip to tip; but that large and empty center was easily noticeable even with naked eye, and it instantly attract my attention. This snowflake remind me sunflower: with short, broad icy "petals" and inner "lines of seeds".

8 identical RAW photos, taken as quick series, was averaged to boost signal-to-noise ratio of this picture. Snowflake was captured on glass background with LED back light, with additional lens Helios 44M-5, in Moscow, Russia.

Prints available at Artist website (mirrors at Pixels and FineArtAmerica), RedBubble.com.
Licenses for commercial use - at Shutterstock.com, Marketplace.500px.com.

This is version in alternate colors:

Snowflake image: Sunflower golden, real snow crystal with big and flat center and six relief arms with ridges, glittering on smooth blue-yellow background
Snowflake photo: Sunflower golden (1600 x 1200)

Prints available at Artist website (mirrors at Pixels and FineArtAmerica), RedBubble.com.
Licenses for commercial use - at Shutterstock.com, Marketplace.500px.com.

And here is computer generated pencil drawing of this snowflake, done in wonderful free program FotoSketcher:

Snowflake Sunflower: computer generated pencil drawing of real snow crystal with large and flat center and six short, broad arms
Snowflake pencil drawing: Sunflower (1280 x 960)

I already processed two more snowflakes from same amazing snowfall of January 3, 2016: Winter fortress and Serenity:

Closeup snowflake photo: Winter fortress, small sectored plate snow crystal with complex relief surface, divided by rows to six sectors, sparkling on gray-blue gradient backgroundSnowflake image: Serenity - large hexagonal plate crystal with high tech look and feel, glittering on pale blue gradient background

And here is another snowflake from previous winter: Dusty mirror - it slightly remind me new one: this crystal also have big and flat central hexagon, where only visible feature is pattern of tiny dots, relief outer rim and short arms with nice details:

Closeup snowflake picture: Dusty mirror, real snow crystal with turtle-like shape and dense ring pattern with hundreds of tiny dots around center

If you want to see more snowflakes, you can browse through all snowflake pictures.
Here you'll find snowflake photo wallpapers in numerous resolutions and screen proportions, up to Ultra HD 4K.
And here is article about snowflake macro photography.