Friday, 3 February 2012

Snowflakes

snowflake

This morning we had the first decent snow of winter and the first chance to take photos of individual snowflakes. Here's the best attempt so far. The trick is to pick out a snowflake with the tip of a knife and move it a cold black surface. :-)


snowflake

The first was taken on matt black plastic. Photo 2 & 3 used black paper. I'm still looking for a less reflective background and a better way to control the light.


snowflake


19 comments:

Emma Springfield said...

Absolutely beautiful! You must have the patience of a saint to do this. The black and white flake is unusual and very pretty.

Grace said...

That second photo looks like a diamond brooch!

H said...

They are beautiful. I'm surprised that you are able to do this. It would never have occurred to me to try. Nice one :)

Ratty said...

These are fantastic pictures of snowflakes. Your pictures are inspiring me to try this myself once it snows here tomorrow. But I bet I won't be able to do it. These are so good that I've added this post to our Latest News at Nature Center Magazine. Yours is the first blog post that has been entered there.

Country Mouse Studio said...

They are so beautiful that I hope it snows just a little more so I can see more :O)

Country Mouse Studio said...

They are so beautiful that I hope it snows just a little more so I can see more :O)

ChrisJ said...

Brilliant. I never would have thought it could be done!

Sharkbytes said...

I'm very impressed. I've never tried to do that, but it seems really tricky.

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

I suppose the black part of the bottom snowflake is some pollution, is it? Amazing photos!

John said...

Hi Sheila, the black part is where the snowflake started to melt as I was taking the photo!

Ferb said...

I can fix the second photo, the thing is because you were put it on top of the black plastic while your camera flash is on. Therefore, number of reflects on the snowflask is really high.

Stewart M said...

Hi there - splendid pictures - not seen many snowflakes in my own garden for a while!

The cave shots remind me a large cups of Tea at Wilfs when it was still in Ingleton - but that was many years ago! I

Cheers - Stewart M - Australia (now!)

Emm said...

Great photos! It sounds like you need a slab of pure black stone or steel but they'd also have reflective bits, surely? I also wondered about the last one but now I see it melted into the paper with crystals floating on top.

Lynne said...

Amazing pictures! Not sure if I've ever seen an actual photograph of a snowflake and can't stop staring!

Erik said...

I'll have to remember to try this when it snows next... I'm likely gonna have to remember real hard... It doesn't snow often here.

Otakore Literantadodist said...

It's amazing to think that they're forming in a shape like that (we don't have snow in our country).

Vera - The {Newbie} Photographer said...

Wow, how amazing to be able to really capture an image of a real snowflake! I'd never seen snow and didn't really think individual snowflakes could be photographed. Fascinating!

Jenny Woolf said...

Great pictures. You so often see drawings of them but it is wonderful to see real snowflakes and real photos.

Anonymous said...

Nice & interesting shots!! For this years snow (2013) you might want to use a broom plugged with it´s handle upsidedown into a pile of snow. This way you don´t have to carry away single flakes. You also might want to hold a magnifying glass to it, additionally to your camera macro zoom ability (I´ll try this out soon!). A reflective material can be the opposite of a problem: it may give you a chance of some colour!
You might want to check my 2 attempts so far:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/hobbyphotographer/5231175341/in/set-72157625526923340
http://www.flickr.com/photos/hobbyphotographer/5329548309/in/set-72157625526923340/

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