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, DeviantArt.com.

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

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Pollen grains of Alcea rosea (common hollyhock)

Pollen grains, macro photo by Alexey Kljatov


This is smallest object i've ever captured (except for tiny snowflakes from this ice dust collection). But for pollen this is very big grains (i've tried several other flower species, but all of them have so tiny grains that my macro setup simply cannot get acceptable picture: magnification is too low). Even on these "big" grains you can easily see my optics limitations, though i've tried my best to squezze maximum details from available source shots.

For two grains in focus i used averaged stacks of 64 identical RAWs (128 shots total). Two grains captured separately and combined in one picture (two unfocused grains taken from first serie and averaged along with focused one). Thanks to tiny size of grains, they fit completely in DOF, even with their spheric shape: no focus stacking needed.

Gear: my usual "snowflake" macro setup (i described it in article about snowflake photography). Daylight from left side, diffused through white plastic bag. Background: black glass plate.

Looks better in original resolution: 800 * 600 pixels.

Here is comparison table of cropped grain in 1:1 scale: single JPEG and RAW, unprocessed and postprocessed averaged stack:

Pollen grains: comparison table

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Wasp

Wasp portrait, macro photo by Alexey Kljatov


This is focus stack of dead insect (found it under window). Captured with my usual "snowflake" macro setup (i described it in article about snowflakes). 120 RAW shots were used (20 groups with different focus, each group contains 6 identical shots for averaging).

Daylight from window at left side, diffused through white plastic bag, and reflected from opposite side with foil. Background: light blue paper.

Looks better in original resolution: 3304 * 2478 pixels.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Four directions

Four directions, snowflake macro photo by Alexey Kljatov

1200 * 900


Another small snowflake from this winter. Though this is hexagon, it looks like irregular triangle.

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.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

New snowflake wallpaper: forget-me-not

New addition in wallpapers section:

Forget-me-not, snowflake HD 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).
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