Monday, July 14, 2014

Radiant green

Radiant green, snowflake macro photo

(1236 x 927)


This is tiny snowflake, around 1 mm. In center of the crystal can be seen subtle green color, caused by thin film interference effect. 8 serial shots averaged to boost signal-to-noise ratio. Background: dark woolen fabric, natural light (clouded sky), external optics Helios 44M-5, march 2013, Moscow.

More snowflakes in album snowflakes and snow crystals.
Also i wrote small article about my shooting technique.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Alioth

Alioth, snowflake macro photo

(2228 x 1671)


Medium size snowflake, around 4 mm. 9 serial shots averaged to boost signal-to-noise ratio. Background: dark woolen fabric, natural light (clouded sky), external optics Helios 44M-5, march 2013, Moscow.

This snowflake as desktop wallpaper in wallpapers section.

More snowflakes in album snowflakes and snow crystals.
Also i wrote small article about my shooting technique.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Pretty fly

Pretty fly macro photo

(1780 x 1780)


My first insect "studio stack". This is large fly of some common species.

Gear: "snowflake" macro setup, containing Canon Powershot A650 and reversely mounted Helios 44M-5 as magnifier (here its description and photos) + small desktop tripod (Continent F7).

Light: ambient daylight in room + direct sunlight from left side through sheet of white paper. Background: light blue book cover.

Source images: serie of 64 photos (16 groups with different focus, and each group contained 4 identical images for averaging). After RAW processing, i averaged images in groups and then do focus stacking.

Eye details without resizing:

Pretty fly (eye details)

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Twelve months

Twelve months, snowflake macro photo

(1765 x 1324)


Another 12-sided snowflake. This crystal was bigger, around 5 millimeters in diameter, and slightly harder to process (complicated shape and many ice debris in close proximity). Previous 12-sided snowflake: Wheel of time.

Glass background with backlight, additional lens Helios 44M-5, january 2014, Moscow. 8 RAWs averaged.

Alternate colors:

Twelve months (alternate colors), snowflake macro photo

(1765 x 1324)


More snowflakes in album snowflakes and snow crystals.
Also i wrote small article about my shooting technique.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Beneath a steel sky

Beneath a steel sky, snowflake macro photo

(1200 * 900)


This is small snowflake, around 1 mm in diameter or slightly bigger. I borrowed title from interesting old game.

Glass background with backlight, additional lens Helios 44M-5, january 2014, Moscow. 10 RAWs averaged.

Alternate colors:

Beneath a steel sky (alternate colors), snowflake macro photo

(1200 * 900)


More snowflakes in album snowflakes and snow crystals.
Also i wrote small article about my shooting technique.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Collection of hexagonal plate crystals

Simple hexagonal plates is one of my favourite snowflake types. These small crystals are usually no more than 1.5 millimeters in diameter, and most of them are not larger than 1 millimeter. But, despite its small size and very simple form, they have their own beauty, hidden in the patterns and internal structure.

These photos are the best examples for the last two years. I'll add new crystals as it is processed.

Hexagonal plate snowflake photo Hexagonal plate snowflake photo

Hexagonal plate snowflake photo Hexagonal plate snowflake photo

Hexagonal plate snowflake photo Hexagonal plate snowflake photo

Hexagonal plate snowflake photo Hexagonal plate snowflake photo

Hexagonal plate snowflake photoHexagonal plate snowflake photo


More snowflakes in album snowflakes and snow crystals.
Also i wrote small article about my shooting technique.
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