Thursday, January 21, 2016

Winter fortress

Real snowflake macro photo: Winter fortress - small sectored plate snow crystal with simple hexagonal shape and relief, glossy surface, divided by rows to six sectors
Snowflake photo: Winter fortress

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This is my first processed snowflake from this winter: small sectored plate crystal, slightly bigger than 1 millimeter. I already captured lots of new snow crystals, just need some time for processing!

Sectored plate snowflakes really amazing type: they have simple shape, but rich surface, full of relief details. I like that "rows", which divide plate to six sectors, and central pattern, resembling dark flower.

This crystal is good illustration, why i love small snowflakes so much: often they look more unusual than bigger crystals, and have their own beauty in simplicity.

14 identical RAW photos, taken as quick series, was averaged to boost signal-to-noise ratio of this picture. Snowflake captured on glass surface with LED back light, with additional lens Helios 44M-5, January 2016, in Moscow, Russia.

Second version with slightly different colors:

Closeup snowflake photo: Winter fortress alternate - real snow crystal of sectored plate type with glossy, relief surface, divided by deep rows to six sectors, with amazing central pattern in dark flower shape
Snowflake photo: Winter fortress alternate

Snowfalls of January 3, 2016 brings us some very interesting and unusual crystals. My total catch of that day in snowflake archive tooks more than 7 gigabytes of RAW + Jpeg source photos. I've already processed two other snowflakes: Serenity and Sunflower, and have many other specimens to work!

Snowflake picture: Serenity - hexagonal plate crystal with high tech look and feel, sparkling on smooth gray and blue gradient backgroundSnowflake photo: Sunflower, unusual snow crystal with large, flat and empty center, relief outer rim and short arms, sparkling on pale blue 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.