Thursday, February 5, 2015

Icy jewel

Close-up snowflake picture: Icy jewel, large star plate snow crystal with six short, broad arms with elegant and complex inner pattern, and large, transparent central hexagon with simple internal details, glittering on dark gray woolen background
Snowflake photo: Icy jewel

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Interior with snowflake print, hanging on wall: real snow crystal with six short, broad arms and complex inner structure, glittering on dark gray background

This snowflake is relatively big (around 4 millimeters from tip to tip), with simple shape, but complex inner pattern (especially at arms). If you look closely at this crystal, you may notice that it slightly resembles triangular snowflakes: like these snow crystals, it have hexagonal symmetry, but with interleaving shorter / longer sides of central hexagon. In this case, however, triangular structure is hardly noticeable.

Also, you can find small and simple plate crystal at surface of bigger one, and this tiny companion also have triangular structure, with three shorter and three longer sides. This is strange and beautiful couple, in my opinion.

8 identical photos averaged to boost signal-to-noise ratio. Background: dark woolen fabric, natural light (cloudy sky), external optics Helios 44M-5, December 2014, Moscow, Russia.

Here is version on blur background:

Picture of real snowflake: star plate snow crystal with six short, broad arms, complex inner pattern and big, flat and empty central hexagon with simple geometric details. Snowflake glitters on dark cyan blur background
Snowflake photo: Icy jewel, blur version

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One year ago i've captured similar snowflake: The core, smaller crystal with almost perfect hexagonal symmetry and simple, though interesting, volume surface:

Snowflake picture: The core - clear transparent snow crystal with short and broad arms, glowing on dark cyan textured background

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