I'm posting these images for you all to enjoy, and if you do... I'm producing a book! 300 pages, hardcover and awesome.
#2: The colours that you see here are natural, and created by optical interference with multiple layers of ice and air.
#3: The patterns here are also natural - snowflakes are full on fractal geometry in many different ways!
#4: A great example of colour from optical interference, you can even see the interference patterns created by varying thickness in the ice!
#5: Oddly shaped but still a snowflake, with bits of colour revealing some mysteries - they change colour in such a way that details the change in thickness.
#6: The centers are often the most beautiful part because it's simplicity, but not all snowflakes have large centers - I get excited when I see crystals like this falling!
#7: The center of a snowflake, up close and personal!
#8: Interlocking crystals, with bits of hidden colours and some very interesting geometry!
So there you have it - some very interesting snowflake photographs. I'll be detailing everything about the photographic techniques, science and even philosophy of such beautiful things if I can get the book published. I hold no secrets however, so ask any questions you've got!
A few quick bits of info:
- These images are focus-stacked, ranging typically between 30-50 images.
- Each of these images is photographed entirely hand-held.
- The are all photographed on a home-made black mitten - that's the background you see.
- - The editing process is typically around 4 hours for each crystal in Photoshop. If you're curious as you why, there are some video resources here that hold the answer: http://skycrystals.ca/common-questions/
Happy to talk more about 'em, and I would appreciate any help you could offer towards the book project. I promise it'll be beautiful and thought-provoking. [URL]