Saturday, August 22, 2015

New snowflake wallpaper: leaves of ice

New addition in wallpapers section:

Leaves of ice, 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).

Thursday, August 13, 2015

My photos available for commercial licensing at

Recently i created page at, where my photos available for commercial use. I very pleased how Shutterstock works, and planning to frequently update my page with new and previously created images.

Shutterstock page - AlexeyKljatov (Алексей Клятов) aka ChaoticMind75

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Of course, all of my photos will be free for non-commercial use, as always, under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license.

Big Dipper in the big city

Constellation Big Dipper, photo by Alexey Kljatov

3024 * 2016

This is fragment of old photo, slightly postprocessed. I created a mask for stars (using levels on monochrome copy of picture) and added some glow to stars with it.

Shooting stars in city like Moscow, with strong light pollution, really painful task. For this picture, i aligned and averaged stack of 10 long exposure shots (15 seconds each), choosed very clean and starry night, and take source photos on very edge of the city.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Vectorized snowflakes

I came across really wonderful online vectorizing service: and very impressed by results it creates. This graphics reminds me great old video game Another World. Of course, automatic vectorization simplifies snowflake structure and reduces number of colors, but it looks really nice, at my taste.

Vector files are free for non-commercial use.

Forget-me-not, vectorized snowflake photo by Alexey Kljatov

EPS file, SVG file

Gardener's dream, vectorized snowflake photo by Alexey Kljatov

EPS file, SVG file

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

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:

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.

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