Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The core

Snowflake macro photo: The core - very clear and symmetrical snow crystal with short and broad arms, glittering on dark cyan woolen background
Snowflake photo: The core (1600 x 1200)

Prints available at Artist website (mirrors at Pixels and FineArtAmerica), RedBubble.com.
Licenses for commercial use - at Shutterstock.com, 500px.com.

This medium size snowflake (3-4 millimeters from tip to tip) is one of my favorites. It is very clear and symmetrical. I like how volumetric surface distorts background behind the crystal. Big hexagonal center contains very simple, but interesting inner pattern.



8 identical RAW photos was taken as quick series and averaged to boost signal-to-noise ratio of this picture. Background: dark woolen fabric, diffused light of grey cloudy sky, external optics Helios 44M-5, January 2013, Moscow.

This photo was chosen by Autodesk to be a part of Fake or photo? challenge version 6. This is interesting and, IMHO, not so easy challenge. My result is only 67%. If you would like to try it, you already know one right answer. :)

Also, i used precise mask for this version with blurred background:

Picture of snowflake: The core (blur) - real snow crystal with broad arms and good symmetry, glowing on dark cyan blur background
Snowflake photo: The core, blurred version (1200 x 1200)

Prints available at Artist website (mirrors at Pixels and FineArtAmerica), RedBubble.com.
Licenses for commercial use - at Shutterstock.com, 500px.com.

This snowflake available as ultra HD wallpaper:

Snowflake photo wallpaper: The core, resolution up to Ultra HD 4K, standard and widescreen, 4:3, 5:4, 16:10 and 16:9, free download

That day i was lucky and also photograph another crystal - with very unusual central pattern:

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

Next winter i captured similar snow crystal: Icy jewel, with slightly bigger size and more complex patterns:

Closeup snowflake picture: Icy jewel - bright blue / white snow crystal with broad arms and complex pattern, shining on dark green woolen background

If you want to see more snowflakes, you can browse through all snowflake pictures.
And here is article about snowflake macro photography.

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