Thursday, November 19, 2015

Majestic crystal

Majestic crystal, snowflake macro photo by Alexey Kljatov

3800 * 2850

This is really big snowflake, even for its type (fernlike dendrite crystals), approximately 8 millimeters from tip to tip. It was bigger than this and even this snowflake. Although, i've seen slightly bigger snowflakes, whole 1 centimeter in size (fernlike dendrites, like this one).

8 shots averaged to boost signal-to-noise ratio. Glass background with LED backlight, additional lens Helios 44M-5, january 2013, Moscow.

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More snowflakes in album snowflakes and snow crystals on Flickr.
Also i wrote article about snowflake macro photography.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

New snowflake wallpaper: cloud number nine

Winter is coming, as House Stark motto says, and here is new snowflake in wallpapers section:

Cloud number 9, ultra HD snowflake wallpaper

Available in screen proportions 4:3, 5:4, 16:10 and 16:9, resolutions from 800 * 600 pixels (SVGA) to 3840 * 2160 (ultra HD 4k).

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Article about snowflake macro photography reached 1 million views

This milestone means a lot for me. All blog pages and posts (including that article) reached only 1.5 million views by now. Currently, i work on third major update of snowflake article (russian update already done, translation to English in progress). In a few days, article will be bigger, more accurate, and, i hope, my terrible English will be slightly more readable, thanks to Google translate (it helps me often).

Snowflake macro photo: Almost triangle

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Kenneth Libbrecht and Rachel Wing. "Snowflake: Winter's Frozen Artistry"

From ten thousand feet above the Earth, a snowflake begins its fall. Its journey starts when ice forms around a nucleus of dust and is blown by the winds through clouds where the crystals blossom into tiny ice stars. Because it weighs next to nothing, a snow crystal may take hours to fall--finally landing where Caltech physicist Kenneth Libbrecht can use microphotography to record the tiny, intricate, frozen artistry of the snowflake.

«In a snowflake, just an ordinary snowflake, we can find a fascinating tale of the spontaneous emergence of pattern and form. From shapeless water vapor, complex structures emerge in an airborne symphony of meteorological morphogenesis. Snowflakes are the product of a rich synthesis of physics, mathematics, and chemistry -- and they're fun to catch on your tongue.»

-- Kenneth Libbrecht and Rachel Wing. "Snowflake: Winter's Frozen Artistry"

Besides of very interesting content, i was impressed by quality of snowflake photos in the book. Kenneth Libbrecht's snowflake photography is real inspiration for me.

In new revision of the book (2015), authors also introduces other snowflake photographers (including my mom and myself) with examples of their work, showing different approaches to snow crystal macro photography. We both very proud of it!

Kenneth and Rachel's book can be ordered at
Also, on Kenneth's famous website more books available.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Under the grey sky

Under the grey sky, snowflake collage by Alexey Kljatov

3661 * 3661

Yet another snowflake collage. When processing each snowflake, i draw by hand a mask, which separates crystal from background (this is nessessary to process object and background with different sharpening and noise removing settings). Now these masks was used for snowflake pictures on blurred background. But i'm not sure that these variants are good, because original background is visible through transparent crystals.

Visual difference in size of crystals is real: all four was captured at same distance from the lens, and i do not resized them during process.

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Bigger variant, 2x size:

Under the grey sky (2x variant), snowflake collage by Alexey Kljatov

7600 * 7600

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More snowflakes in album Snowflakes and snow crystals.
Also i wrote article about snowflake macro photography.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Snowflake brushes for Adobe Photoshop

This is a set of 4 brushes, created from real snowflake photos:

Just load unpacked file snowflake_brushes1.abr from brush panel, and they will append to list of current brushes. In case if this file is not compatible with some Photoshop versions, it can be easily re-created from files in folder PNG\ with Photoshop command Edit -> Define brush preset.

After applying brush properties: Shape dynamics -> size and angle jitter, Scattering - Scatter and Other dynamics -> opacity jitter, they will produce results like this:

Snowflake brushes example 1

...and they can be useful for creating seamless patterns and backgrounds in few minutes:

Snowflake brushes example 2

This brush set is free for non-commercial use (Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license).

Real snowflake photos in album Snowflakes and snow crystals.
Also i wrote article about snowflake macro photography.

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