Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Ice crown

Snowflake macro photo: Ice crown, large snow crystal with broad arms, resembling duck feet, and amazing pattern in center, like coat of arms with shield and spears
Snowflake photo: Ice crown (2356 x 1767)

Prints available at Artist website (mirrors at Pixels and FineArtAmerica), RedBubble.com.
Licenses for commercial use - at Shutterstock.com.

I was lucky with light, when captured this snow crystal, though shooting angle was not optimal.

10 identical RAW photos, taken as quick series, was aligned and averaged to boost signal-to-noise ratio of this picture. Background: dark woolen fabric, diffused light from cloudy sky, external optics Helios 44M-5 used as additional magnifier; january 2013, Moscow.

This is large snowflake: around 5 millimeters from tip to tip, or even slightly bigger. I like shape of this crystal, and especially unusual pattern in the center. It reminds coat of arms with shield and spears:

Snowflake macro photo: Ice crown - details of central pattern reminds coat of arms with large shield and spears

Ice crown available as HD wallpaper:

Snowflake photo wallpaper: Ice crown, resolution up to Full HD 1080p, standard and widescreen, 4:3, 5:4, 16:10 and 16:9, free download

I've re-processed this crystal in 2017:

Real snowflake: large star plate snow crystal with unusual central pattern, resembling coat of arms, glowing on dark gray 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.