Sunday, January 24, 2016

Anatomy of a snowflake (video)

Another interesting video by NBC News describes various types of snowflakes and features some of my photos as illustrations for different types:

Saturday, January 23, 2016

How do snowflakes form? (video)

In this nice video by American Chemical Society we see graphics presentation of snowflake forming process:


You can see some of my photos, along with works by other authors. I'm very proud if my snowflake images have some value for science!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Winter fortress

Winter fortress, snowflake macro photo by Alexey Kljatov


Prints available at Pixels.com / FineArtAmerica.com, RedBubble.com.

This is my first processed snowflake from this winter: small sectored plate crystal, slightly bigger than 1 millimeter. I already captured lots of new crystals, just need some time for processing!

I like that "rows", which divide plate to sectors, and central pattern, resembling dark flower.

14 shots averaged to boost signal-to-noise ratio. Glass background with LED backlight, additional lens Helios 44M-5, January 2016, Moscow.

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

Saturday, January 16, 2016

GIF animation: melting snowflake sequences

I've already posted two GIF animations (with snowflake melting and reversed sublimation, which looks like "grow"), and here is 3 more animations of snowflakes, melting on glass.

This January starts really good for snowflake photography in Moscow: it is cold and snowy almost every day. I've already captured lots of new interesting crystals, and will process them soon!

However, January 14 was a little warm for good shooting: there was snowfalls, and many nice crystals, but my glass plate simply can't cool enough: even after 30 minutes of cooling outside, snowflakes slowly melts on it. So, instead of shooting sequences of identical shots for averaging, i captured sequences of melting stages. For shooting these series fast enough, i've temporary disabled RAW writing, and captured only JPEGs.

Here is three GIF animations: first one assembled from 20 sequental photos (~6 mb), second one - from 29 photos (~7,5 mb), and third - from 32 photos (~8 mb):

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Laurent Memmi - "Asylum Benefits EP"

I'm happy to announce that my snowflake photo was chosen as cover for music disk "Asylum Benefits EP" by Laurent Memmi, a French drone / ambient music producer.

Asylum Benefits EP by Laurent Memmi, French drone / ambient music producer


This genre of ambient music is one of my favorites, and i like this music disk by Laurent Memmi very much. Excellent work!

Asylum Benefits EP by Laurent Memmi, French drone / ambient music producer


Thursday, December 10, 2015

Christmas card pack (6 cards)

Christmas card #6 from pack of 6 cards by Alexey Kljatov

2370 * 1580


I'm sorry for terrible text: i've hand written it on paper and scanned, and my hand-writing is even worse than collage making. Snow decorations created with snowflake brushes for Adobe Photoshop, available here. Hope that i'll create something better for next Christmas!

ZIP archive with all 6 cards on Google Drive.

Prints available at RedBubble.com: card 1, card 2, card 3, card 4, card 5, card 6.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Don Komarechka. "The Snowflake" - ultra high resolution snowflake poster

I hardly imagine how much time and effort it takes to create this ultra high resolution poster by Don Komarechka!

Canadian professional photographer Don Komarechka (Website, Google+, Facebook, Flickr) individually captured and processed all those 400+ snow crystals using focus stacking technique. Sometimes i've use focus stacking too, and i can say that this technique requires patience, accuracy and lots of time and work.

The Snowflake, ultra high resolution snowflake poster by Don Komarechka

This poster can be ordered at Don's website:

SkyCrystals.ca/product/poster


Interesting fact: all snowflakes you see here presented in their real scale, relative to each other. This was not easy to achieve, said Don. For each snowflake in this poster Don carefully adjusts lighting and shoots lots of source photos with different focus, required for later processing.

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