Friday, September 15, 2017

Slight asymmetry (reworked)

Real snowflake macro photo: stellar dendrite snow crystal with six simple arms, asymmetrical central hexagon, transparent surface and beautiful inner pattern
Snowflake photo: Slight asymmetry

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I already processed this snowflake in 2013, but now re-processed it with my current workflow. The most interesting detail in this crystal is asymmetrical central hexagon with sides of different length, and this asymmetry in the center affected whole crystal, when it grows: all arms also have different distance to their neighbors.

11 identical RAW photos was photographed as quick series, aligned and averaged to improve signal-noise ratio of final picture. Snowflake glows in diffused light on dark gray woolen background. My "snowflake" macro setup containing Canon Powershot A650is and external lens Helios 44, reversely mounted in front of built-in camera optics.

Center of real snowflake at high magnification: asymmetrical central hexagon contains sides of different lenghts
Snowflake center - scale 1:1

I also captured two other interesting snowflakes that day:

Closeup snowflake photo: large stellar dendrite snow crystal with big central hexagon and thin, transparent arms with side branches, glittering on gray textured backgroundSnowflake image: cluster of three stellar dendrite snow crystals with thin, sharp arms and fine hexagonal symmetry, glowing on dark grey woolen background in cold light

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.