Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Molten glass

Snowflake macro photo: Molten glass, big hexagonal plate crystal with amazing pattern of clover leaves, seen on transparent surface, sparkling on dark grey woolen fabric in natural light
Snowflake photo: Molten glass (1363 x 1022)

Prints available at Artist website (mirrors at Pixels and FineArtAmerica).



Yet another hexagonal plate snowflake from January 2013. This snow crystal was relatively big for it's type: larger than 1 millimeter. I like how volumetric surface distorts background behind the crystal, and, of course, this incredible ring pattern in the middle: i never seen such perfect meander of four-leaf clovers in any snowflake.

12 serial RAW photos was aligned and averaged to boost signal-to-noise ratio of the picture. Background: dark grey woolen fabric, natural light from cloudy sky, external optics Helios 44M-5, Moscow, Russia.

This simple GIF animation shows averaging technique benefits:

Snowflake processing example: averaging technique benefits - GIF animation

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.

2 comments:

  1. Are all snowflakes hexagonal?

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    1. Most of snowflakes are hexagonal, but not all. Here is great classification of snowflake types:

      http://www.its.caltech.edu/~atomic/snowcrystals/class/class.htm

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