Thursday, March 12, 2015

Frozen hearts

Snowflake macro photo: Frozen hearts, real snow crystal with amazing and rare pattern of hearts around center, glittering on pink background
Snowflake photo: Frozen hearts

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Maybe this is "8 March snowflake" or "Valentine's day snowflake", but actually it was captured in January 2015. This tiny hexagonal plate crystal, lesser than 1 millimeter in size, shows us unusual pattern of six elements with heart shape, pointing at corners of hexagon. This is first case when i saw something resembling heart inside of snow crystal.

Unfortunately, i photographed this crystal not as good as it deserves: from 8 serial shots, which i've took for averaging process, 5 photos have poor lighting, and i had only three good source shots to work with. So, i've tried my best to remove noise as possible while preserving all significant snowflake details.

I processed this crystal in warm pink colors for birthday of my girl Lucy:

White queen (portrait of Lucy)

Later, i've enchanced this snowflake photo for slightly better contrast and colors.

And this is alternate color version:

Closeup snowflake picture: Frozen hearts, small hexagonal plate crystal with unusual pattern of six hearts, sparkling on blue-brown gradient background
Snowflake photo: Frozen hearts, alternate colors

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

Also, one year after i was lucky to take photo of another snow crystal with six tiny hearts, connected to corners of central hexagon. This snowflake much bigger than first specimen:

Snowflake macro photo: Heart-powered star, real snow crystal with amazing pattern of six tiny hearts, connected to outer corners of central hexagon

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