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Snowflake Photos - Cover shot and this year's best!

 
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Jan 08, 2012 09:52 |  #16

Don Komarechka wrote in post #13662534 (external link)
Thanks for all of the wonderful comments everyone!

To get the real story, read the article in the magazine... its about 2000 words and covers pretty much everything. The quick description is that all of the shots are hand-held focus stacks photographed on a black mitten. :)

That was my question, too - what you are using for the background.


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Jan 08, 2012 10:38 |  #17

Don Komarechka wrote in post #13664084 (external link)
We have very little here right now too - +6C weather makes it all disappear pretty quickly. Here's hoping for a snowy January!

I'm not sure if they have wide distribution in the US, but you can subscribe from anywhere in the world and I don't think the cost is very high for it. Always a good read (yes - my opinion is biased!)

I can probably pick it up in Cranbrook,BC it's not far from here.




  
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Jan 10, 2012 13:50 |  #18

You need to add Black Mitten to your list of equipment :)




  
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Jan 10, 2012 13:55 |  #19

What lens? an MP-E 65? Those are the best snowflake shots I have ever seen. GREAT work!


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Jan 10, 2012 14:51 |  #20

Well dang, now I'm going to have to see if my local Chapters carries this magazine. I'm very interested to read about your process. Gorgeous photos. I have a black mitten. Now all I need is some snow, right?

edited to say no dice @ Chapters – have placed an order for this issue online.


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Jan 11, 2012 00:18 as a reply to  @ emmalish's post |  #21

no snowflakes to shot here, those are so beautiful.. I am honored to be in such talented company


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Jan 15, 2012 10:00 |  #22

Thanks for the continued compliments everyone!
Lanyard, added it :)
CameraClicker, yes these were all taken with the MP-E 65mm, some may have also been taken with the kendo extension tube set attached.
Emmalish sorry that you couldn't fine it locally, but I'm glad you've got a copy. If you have any questions about the process, just ask!
Juneb, thanks so much! There are many more coming, I had a great snowfall two days ago and I haven't had a chance to go through the shots yet but I'm certain the are some gems!


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Jan 15, 2012 14:42 |  #23

I'm in UK, can't get the magazine, but I'd love to know how you do it, I don't want to cheat the magazine, but if anybody who has it can send me a scan of just that article, I'd be grateful :)


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Jan 15, 2012 15:53 |  #24

How did you manage to keep the background out of focus? Every time I try and get pictures of snowflakes I always end up with half or part of the background in focus.


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Jan 15, 2012 16:03 |  #25

Amazing photos. I too am not dreading the next snowfall quite so much now. ;)
Congrats on the feature. :)


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Jan 15, 2012 18:18 |  #26

Absolutely beautiful series of captures. This is something I am going to have to attempt. A well deserved cover.




  
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Jan 18, 2012 23:21 |  #27

Don Komarechka wrote in post #13707657 (external link)
Emmalish sorry that you couldn't fine it locally, but I'm glad you've got a copy. If you have any questions about the process, just ask!

Just got the issue today! I've only had time for a quick read-through, but it sounds great. Very well-written, straightforward, and humorous. Vancouver is finally getting snow, but now we have rain in the forecast. *sigh*


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Jan 19, 2012 04:54 |  #28

wow! i love the separatation you got! I will have to look for the article. and then some snow in the ME! LOL....
gorgeous examples!


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Jan 24, 2012 16:10 |  #29

Thanks for all the continued compliments everyone!
NullMind, you can always buy a copy of the magazine online, they ship to the UK! Here's ther link:
http://store.opcmagazi​ne.com/issue-20-winter-2012 (external link)

Flakspammer, the background is a black mitten. The snowflakes get caught in the fibers and this creates a soft background.

Thanks very much annubis and snowyman, I'm very honored to have made the cover!

Emmalish, very happy you read and enjoyed the article! If you try to photograph snowflakes and you have any questions about the process, don't hesitate to ask. I fit as much in the space I was given in the magazine but there is always more details to give.

Ceriltheblade, much appreciated! Let me know if you get a copy and your thoughts on it!


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Jan 24, 2012 21:40 |  #30

One word - wow


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