Thursday, March 10, 2016

Heart-powered star

Snowflake macro photo: Heart-powered star, real snow crystal with pattern of hearts around central hexagon, photograph on pink gradient background
Snowflake photo: Heart-powered star (1400 x 1050)

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

The most interesting detail in this small snowflake is the ring pattern of six heart-shaped elements, connected to outer corners of central hexagon. These "hearts" are unusual and rare details in snow crystals patterns (i have seen them only twice, from 8 winters of snowflake photography). This crystal was processed for birthday of my girl Lucy:

White queen: portrait of beautiful girl Lucy

8 identical RAW photos was taken as fast series, and averaged to boost signal-to-noise ratio of snowflake image. Crystal was captured on large sheet of glass with LED back light, using Canon Powershot A650is, and additional lens Helios 44M-5 (as external magnifier), in January 2016, Moscow, Russia.

Also, i processed this photo in alternate colors:

Snowflake macro photo: Heart-powered star (blue), snow crystal with pattern of heart-shape elements, connected to corners of central hexagon, photograph on bright gradient background
Snowflake photo: Heart-powered star, alternate (1400 x 1050)

Prints available at Artist website (mirrors at Pixels and FineArtAmerica),
License for commercial use - at,

Here is first snowflake with hearts, which i've photographed and processed for Lucy one year ago: Frozen hearts:

Snowflake macro photo: Frozen hearts - real hexagonal plate snow crystal with rare heart-shape pattern, sparkling on light pink-brown background

These snowflakes available as Ultra HD wallpaper:

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

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


  1. Excellent, as always Alexey.
    You're the "master" of snowflake photography I hope Lucy loved it.

    1. Thank you very much! Yes, Lucy liked this photo, and i glad that processed it that way.