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Some of the best snowflakes from this season :)

 
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Mar 16, 2012 16:11 |  #16

What lens are you shooting with?


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Mar 16, 2012 16:51 |  #17

GregBeaver wrote in post #14099102 (external link)
What lens are you shooting with?

It's the MPE-65. You can get all the particulars in the EXIF data..


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Mar 16, 2012 17:05 |  #18

Like everyone else I love these shots Don.

We don't get much snow here, and up in the mountains even it's rare for it to be cold enough to get those separate perfect flakes.

During the year I spent in Antarctica though, on the rare occasions it actually snowed, (as opposed to the stuff being blown around by blizzards) we would get individual flakes like that. I looked at them through a magnifying glass but didn't have the equipment to photograph them.

Thank you for sharing!


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Mar 16, 2012 18:36 as a reply to  @ Ricardo222's post |  #19

very nice!


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Mar 17, 2012 22:58 |  #20

Wow, thanks for the continued compliments everyone!

GregBeaver, gjl711 is right - I used the MP-E 65mm lens for all of these shots, coupled with the MR-14EX ringlite. and no tripod :) all of these images consist of hand-held focus stacks with between 20-40 shots used.


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Mar 17, 2012 23:09 |  #21

very nice, thanks for sharing. its amazing how much detail there is in those little flakes of almost nothingness!


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Mar 17, 2012 23:59 |  #22

Absolutely beautiful shots and a fantastic talent working that well with the mp65.




  
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Mar 18, 2012 13:02 |  #23

These are simply amazing! How lucky to live in a cold place that offers opportunity to practice. Looks like you have the technique nailed down. I love all the details and patterns in each one. So cool. :)


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Mar 19, 2012 08:56 as a reply to  @ Kristy's post |  #24

Excuse my ignorance, but how is this done!?! These are amazing!




  
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Mar 19, 2012 10:13 |  #25

Very impressive macro photography,and to think every snowflake is unique-like while shoveling 24 inches of new snow.


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Mar 19, 2012 10:29 |  #26

Fantastic shots! Most beautiful snowflake photos I've ever seen.


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Mar 23, 2012 10:09 |  #27

Thanks for all the continued comments everyone!

phaze1123, the process is summed up like this:
- place a home-made black mitten outside during a snowfall, and wait for snowflakes to fall on top
- without a tripod, line yourself up and steady yourself to shoot a series of images at different focus points (50-60 shots are good for the bigger snowflakes)
- Focus stack in Photoshop, typically between 20-30 images. Photoshop is the only program that I have found to handle these as the alignment and spacing is haphazard and I need to re-blend the imaged by hand as part of the process.
- a few hours later, a snowflake image is born! :)

annubis, the MP-E 65mm is a crazy lens to use, and it took me a few years to really feel comfortable with it. Well worth the struggle though!

Joe Ravenstein, I hear you... thinking of the beauty in those snowflakes is little comfort to my back. :)


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Mar 23, 2012 10:11 |  #28

Thanks for sharing your technique.... that's a ton of work for the images, but the end results are amazing... well worth the time invested. :) I don't know that I would have the skill or the patience to focus stack 30-50 images and have it look anywhere near what you have produced here. :) I hope you print them up in a nice large coffee table book! :)


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Mar 26, 2012 14:00 |  #29

Thanks Kristy! The book is due out later this year, but I aim to make it more than simply a picture book. It is definitely a work in progress!


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Apr 21, 2012 18:03 |  #30

wow! i just caught myself gawking. these are incredible and inspiring!




  
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