Friday, June 10, 2016

Neon snowflakes

This is my next effort to completely change look and feel of snowflake photos, captured on glass surface. I already applied this technique to two large fernlike dendrites, and now it's time for two smaller snow crystals with relatively simple structure: High voltage and Ice relief:

Picture of snowflake: real snow crystal with short and broad arms, resembling duck's feet, in blue - cyan light, isolated on black background
Snowflake picture: High voltage III (1600 x 1200)

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

Snowflake image: real snow crystal with beautiful relief surface in green - orange light, isolated on black background
Snowflake picture: Ice relief III (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 processing is really simple, though it also requires some time. I use difference blending mode to separate snowflake details from background (it looks like subtracting clean background from snowflake). Here is original photos:

Snowflake picture: High voltage, big snow crystal with large broad arms and relief surface, glittering on pale gradient background in LED back lightSnowflake image: Ice relief, real snow crystal with beautiful geometric pattern and glossy relief surface, sparkling on bright blue-gray gradient background

I like difference blending very much: often it can be used to create very interesting effects and colors. You can see another example of it's abilities: Mirror's edge, picture of snowflake in vivid colors, caused by blending two variants of same crystal, processed in different colors:

Snowflake collage: Mirror's Edge, two copies of same snow crystal, glowing on rainbow gradient 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.

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