Friday, April 8, 2016

Snowflake wallpaper: Steering wheel

Unusual snowflake Steering wheel now available as Ultra HD wallpaper:

Snowflake photo wallpapers, resolution up to Ultra HD 4K 3840x2160, aspect ratio: standard and widescreen, free download


As usual, wallpaper available in screen proportions 4:3, 5:4, 16:10 and 16:9, resolutions from 800x600 pixels (SVGA) to 3840x2160 (Ultra HD 4K).

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Snowflake draft #1

Decided to start additional series of snowflake photos: Snowflake draft, in parallel with fully processed snow crystals. This will be small packs of snowflake photos, processed with simplified and more quick workflow.

My main processing workflow for snowflake photography requires lots of time and effort. I really like this work and never tired of it, because careful processing of aligned and averaged RAW stack certainly worth all efforts: resulting image looks way better than in-camera source photos. But that means that i can show you only small fraction of all nice and interesting snowflakes i capture every winter. All of my snow crystals stored in very big archive as series of RAW + JPEG photos, waiting for processing; though i suspect that most of these snowflakes will never be released - only because i can't find enough time to process them all!

So, here is first post in draft series. For these photos, i'll do faster processing: averaging of JPEG stacks with simplified post-processing. I will show only interesting and/or beautiful crystals (at my taste), but, to keep some intrigue, will not show best of the best snowflakes, until they processed with full workflow. :)

These crystals was captured 18 December 2015. This was second day of my snowflake photography this winter, and first day that brings me some nice specimens:

Snowflake macro photo: Draft_1-1 (real snow crystal with very broad transparent arms, photograph on dark woolen fabric)
Snowflake photo: Draft_1-1. Full size: 2453 x 1840 pixels

This large snow crystal resembles duck feet or gecko's paw. Snowflakes of this type, if they are big enough, can be easily spot by naked eye and draws attention, thanks to their unusual and beautiful shape with thin, broad and very clean arms. Here is details of one arm without re-scaling. I like how background distorted by transparent details on crystal surface:

Snowflake macro photo: Draft_1-1, details of one arm

I've already processed two snow crystals of this type: High voltage / Gecko's paw (normal and negative processing of same photo, taken on glass surface) and Ice crown - large snowflake on dark woolen fabric.

Next snowflake is very big 12-sided crystal (quite rare finding), with complex structure and slight rime on surface:

Snowflake macro photo: Draft_1-2 (real snow crystal with 12 arms, photograph on dark woolen fabric)
Snowflake photo: Draft_1-2. Full size: 2901 x 2176 pixels

Here is crop of it's center in 1:1 scale. Can you find tiny hollow column snowflake on it?

Snowflake macro photo: Draft_1-2, crystal center details

Snowflakes with twelve arms is one of my favorites (along with hexagonal plates and triangular snow crystals). Here is two more 12-sided crystals: Wheel of time and Twelve months (i've captured and processed them in 2014).

Next crystal is stellar dendrite, but almost completely covered with rime. Usually, i do not like such crystals: often they carry so much rime, so they reminds pillow, almost completely opaque and even their shape barely seen. However, small amount of rime sometimes look cute: snowflake can remind massive brooch, covered by lots of tiny diamonds:

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Heart-powered star

Snowflake macro photo: Heart-powered star - real snow crystal with pattern of hearts around central hexagon, photograph on pink gradient background
Snowflake photo: Heart-powered star. Full size: 1400 x 1050 pixels

The most interesting detail in this small snowflake is ring pattern of heart-shaped elements, connected to central hexagon. These "hearts" are unusual and rare details in snow crystals patterns (i have seen them only twice in 8 winters of snowflake photography). This crystal was processed for birthday of my girl Lucy:

White queen (portrait of Lucy)

8 identical photos averaged to boost signal-to-noise ratio. Glass background with LED backlight, additional lens Helios 44M-5, January 2016, Moscow. Also, i processed this photo in alternate colors:

Snowflake macro photo: Heart-powered star (alternate) - real snow crystal with pattern of hearts around central hexagon, photograph on blue/grey gradient background
Snowflake photo: Heart-powered star (alternate). Full size: 1400 x 1050 pixels

Prints available at Pixels.com / FineArtAmerica.com, RedBubble.com.
License for commercial use - at Shutterstock.com.

Here is first similar snowflake, Frozen hearts:

Snowflake macro photo: Valentine's day crystal - real snow crystal with heart-shaped pattern on bright pink background

If you want to see more snowflakes, you can browse through all snowflake pictures.
Here you'll find snowflake photo wallpapers in numerous resolutions and screen proportions, up to Ultra HD 4K.
And here is article about snowflake macro photography.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Three-in-one

Snowflake macro photo: Three-in-one (cluster of three real snow crystals on blue gradient background)
Snowflake photo: Three-in-one. Full size: 2048 x 1536 pixels

This is cluster of three snowflakes, captured in January. Big crystal is medium size stellar dendrite, around 4 millimeters from tip to tip. Snowflake clusters sometimes looks really nice, but often they form 3-dimensional structure, and we can't get acceptable image without using focus stacking technique. In this case, however, whole group was flat and perfectly fits in focus.

9 identical shots averaged to boost signal-to-noise ratio. Glass background with LED back light, additional lens Helios 44M-5, January 2016, Moscow.

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

If you want to see more snowflakes, you can browse through all snowflake pictures.
Here you'll find snowflake photo wallpapers in numerous resolutions and screen proportions, up to Ultra HD 4K.
And here is article about snowflake macro photography.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Serenity

Snowflake macro photo: Serenity, real hexagonal snow crystal, photograph on light blue gradient background
Snowflake photo: Serenity. Full size: 1600 x 1200 pixels

This is another snowflake from this January. It seems that this crystal have biggest central hexagon among all snowflakes that i processed so far: around 2 millimeters or slightly bigger. We can't classify it as hexagonal plate, because this crystal starts to grow tiny arms.

The main problem with this photo was cleaning of background. When i photographed that crystal, my glass plate was completely covered with tiny condensed droplets - they was almost everywhere around crystal. On some angles of transit light from behind of glass, these droplets become visible and very detailed. I don't want to see them in processed photo, so i have no other choice than manually clean them out, one by one, from whole 12 megapixel picture.

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

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

Check out this wonderful crocheted version, made by Snowcatcher! You will see excellent final result and all working stages:


If you want to see more snowflakes, you can browse through all snowflake pictures.
Here you'll find snowflake photo wallpapers in numerous resolutions and screen proportions, up to Ultra HD 4K.
And here is article about snowflake macro photography.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Valentine's day snowflake

I already posted this interesting tiny crystal: Frozen hearts almost a year ago, and this is re-processed version, with slightly better contrast and colors.

Snowflake macro photo: Frozen hearts, tiny hexagonal plate snow crystal with heart-like pattern inside
Snowflake photo: Frozen hearts. Full size: 1200 x 900 pixels

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

This variant have bigger cropping, and maybe it will be better for design:

Snowflake macro photo: Frozen hearts (big crop), tiny hexagonal plate snow crystal with heart-like pattern inside
Snowflake photo: Frozen hearts (big cropping). Full size: 3200 x 2400 pixels

This heart-like pattern inside of snowflake really rare thing: i have seen it only twice in all of my photos, taken during 8 winters. In January 2016, i was lucky to take photo of another snowflake with six tiny hearts, connected to corners of hexagonal center:

Snowflake macro photo: Heart-powered star, real snow crystal with pattern of six heart-shaped elements, connected to corners of central hexagon

If you want to see more snowflakes, you can browse through all snowflake pictures.
Here you'll find snowflake photo wallpapers in numerous resolutions and screen proportions, up to Ultra HD 4K.
And here is article about snowflake macro photography.