Thursday, July 30, 2015

Pollen factory at work

Marrow pollen grains, macro photo by Alexey Kljatov


Stamen of vegetable marrow with pollen grains. These grains are slightly smaller than pollen of common hollyhock, and have similar shape (sphere with small spikes), but on these grains we can see also bigger spikes. For comparison, here is electronic microscopy image of marrow pollen grain:

www.sciencephoto.com/media/33205/view

Gear: my usual "snowflake" macro setup (i described it in article about snowflake photography). Daylight from left side, no diffusor, no reflector. Averaged stack of 64 identical shots.

Looks better in original resolution: 800 * 800 pixels.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Stamen of Field Scabious (Knautia L) with pollen

Stamen of Field Scabious (Knautia L) with pollen, macro photo by Alexey Kljatov

2048 * 1536


This flower have so small pollen grains that they are beyond capabilities of my current optics: at this photo, we cannot see exact shape of grains (maybe, something like erytrocyt cells?). But pink color of grains is real, not casted by flower petals: when i transferred this pollen at black glass, grains still looks pink on camera screen.

Gear: my usual "snowflake" macro setup (i described it in article about snowflake photography). Daylight from right side, reflected from opposite side with aluminium foil.

Focus stacking + averaging (12 groups with different focus, each group contains 10 identical shots for averaging). For background i averaged all 120 source RAWs for better smoothness of color gradients with no visible traces of noise.

Print available at: RedBubble.com.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Machinery of winter II

Machinery of winter II, snowflake macro photo by Alexey Kljatov

1200 * 900


Small snowflake, around 1,5 mm in diameter. Still, i have many unprocessing snowflakes of this type (simple hexagonal plates). These simple crystals are easy to process, compared to large and fancy ones; but next snowflake will be big, dark and complex. :)

Glass background with backlight, additional lens Helios 44M-5, january 2015, Moscow. 8 RAWs averaged.

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

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Instagram page

Just created Instagram page with my photos (nickname chaoticmind75). When i'm done with uploading all good photos, will try to keep it up-to-date.

Instagram page - chaoticmind75 (Alexey Kljatov)

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Double vision

Double vision, snowflake photo manipulation by Alexey Kljatov

900 * 900


This is simple photo manipulation: two copies of same snowflake merged in "difference" blending mode with small shift between copies ("normal" processing of this snowflake will be ready soon). I like colors that difference blending produced in this case.

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

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Leaves of ice

Leaves of ice, stellar dendrite snowflake macro photo by Alexey Kljatov

2555 * 1916


I'll try to process more snowflakes from previous winters till the next snowflake season. There is lots of nice crystals waiting processing!

This is quite big stellar dendrite, around 6 millimeters in diameter. 6 serial shots averaged to boost signal-to-noise ratio . Background: dark woolen fabric, natural light (cloudy sky), external optics Helios 44M-5, january 2014, Moscow.

Print available at: FineArtAmerica.com / Pixels.com, RedBubble.com.

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