Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Snowflake draft #4

For this update of draft series i've prepared five best snowflakes from my catch of February 13, 2017. That day i captured mostly stellar and fernlike dendrites, large and medium size:

Snowflake macro photo: large stellar dendrite snow crystal with glossy relief surface and simple structure of arms, glittering on smooth blue background in cold light
Snowflake photo: Draft_4-1 (2048 x 1536)



This snowflake have relatively simple structure for it's type, and moderate size: around 4 millimeters from tip to tip. This is quite "standard" crystal, and most interesting detail is how side branches of neighbor arms overlaps with each other: snowflake looks transparent for this point of view, and we clearly see through overlapped parts.

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And this is same snowflake in alternate colors:

Snowflake macro photo: large stellar dendrite snow crystal with simple structure of arms and overlapped side branches, sparkle on smooth orange - blue gradient background
Snowflake photo: Draft_4-1_alt (2048 x 1536)

Prints available at Artist website, RedBubble.com, Society6.com.

Second snow crystal is smaller (less than 3 millimeters) and looks more glossy:

Closeup snowflake picture: small stellar dendrite snow crystal with shiny surface, fine symmetry and elegant shape, with unusual central hexagon, glitters on bright gray - blue background in cold light
Snowflake photo: Draft_4-2 (1600 x 1200)

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Most interesting detail is relief central hexagon of unusual shape, with nice inner pattern. I've also prepared version in alternate colors:

Closeup snowflake image: glossy stellar dendrite snow crystal with relief details, elegant, ornate arms, with unusual central hexagon, sparkling on smooth gradient background in warm light
Snowflake photo: Draft_4-2_alt (1600 x 1200)

Prints available at Artist website, RedBubble.com, Society6.com.

Next crystal is also small, and have dense array of side branches on it's arms:

Real snowflake macro photo: small stellar dendrite snow crystal with relief surface, short, complex arms and lots of side branches, glittering on smooth blue - magenta gradient background in cold light
Snowflake photo: Draft_4-3 (1600 x 1200)

Alternate, warmer color version:

Close-up image of real snowflake: small stellar dendrite snow crystal with glossy surface, short, complex arms with lots of side branches, sparkle on bright background in warm light
Snowflake photo: Draft_4-3 (1600 x 1200)

Next snowflake is my favorite of this day. It is biggest among all five crystals, have complex and symmetrical structure:

Magnified image of real snowflake: big stellar dendrite snow crystal with glossy relief surface, complex arms and elegant structure, glitter on smooth blue - gray gradient background in cold light
Snowflake photo: Draft_4-4 (2701 x 2026)

Prints available at Artist website, RedBubble.com, Society6.com.

And finally, quite "standard" stellar dendrite, but i like light on it's relief surface:

Real snowflake macro photo: large stellar dendrite snow crystal with glossy relief surface, ornate arms, fine symmetry and elegant structure, sparkle on smooth blue - gray gradient background in cold light
Snowflake photo: Draft_4-5 (2048 x 1536)

This color version is better, in my opinion:

Picture of real snowflake: symmetrical stellar dendrite snow crystal with glossy relief surface, elegant arms and complex structure, glittering on bright gray - pink gradient background in cold light
Snowflake photo: Draft_4-5_alt (2048 x 1536)

Licenses for commercial use available at Shutterstock.com.

My snowflake catch of February 13 was 326 RAW + Jpeg photos, 3.2 Gigabytes total - really lucky day, because last half of winter 2016-17 was not good for snowflake photography in Moscow: it was too warm and with rare snowfalls.

Here is very first pack of draft snowflakes - catch of December 18, 2015:

Snowflake macro photos: four real snow crystals of different types, glowing on dark grey wool background in diffused light - Alexey Kljatov

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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