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Snowflakes like you've never seen them before

 
Don ­ Komarechka
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Mar 05, 2013 19:10 |  #1

I'm posting these images for you all to enjoy, and if you do... I'm producing a book! 300 pages, hardcover and awesome.

IMAGE: http://donkom.ca/potn/snowflakes/DKP_0275.jpg
#1: This tiny snowflake is about 1mm in diameter

IMAGE: http://donkom.ca/potn/snowflakes/DKP_1853.jpg
#2: The colours that you see here are natural, and created by optical interference with multiple layers of ice and air.

IMAGE: http://donkom.ca/potn/snowflakes/DKP_4328.jpg
#3: The patterns here are also natural - snowflakes are full on fractal geometry in many different ways!

IMAGE: http://donkom.ca/potn/snowflakes/DKP_6637.jpg
#4: A great example of colour from optical interference, you can even see the interference patterns created by varying thickness in the ice!

IMAGE: http://donkom.ca/potn/snowflakes/DKP_7779.jpg
#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.

IMAGE: http://donkom.ca/potn/snowflakes/DKP_9202.jpg
#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!

IMAGE: http://donkom.ca/potn/snowflakes/DKP_9551.jpg
#7: The center of a snowflake, up close and personal!

IMAGE: http://donkom.ca/potn/snowflakes/DKP_9634.jpg
#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/ (external link)

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]

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Mar 05, 2013 20:50 |  #2

Wonderful work, check out www kickstarter dot com is s good place to fund raise for projects


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Mar 05, 2013 23:08 |  #3

Nice project. Good luck!


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Mar 06, 2013 00:42 |  #4

Wonderful shots- good luck with the book
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Mar 06, 2013 07:31 |  #5

fantastic work don. good luck.


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Mar 06, 2013 07:40 |  #6

Mind blowing series, stunning macros!




  
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Mar 06, 2013 08:10 |  #7

Absolutely gorgeous flakes. Andres suggestion sounds like a great way for you to proceed.


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Mar 06, 2013 10:17 as a reply to  @ Ishrani's post |  #8

Stunning shots! (With quite a bit of work involved)


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Mar 06, 2013 11:58 |  #9

Excellent stuff. I hope the book becomes reality. I do have a question: why do you do your stacks handheld rather than with a stage capable of reliable 0.01mm increments? The image quality speaks for itself, of course, but it seems that you would save some back strain by using a micrometer actuator or extremely precise macro rail. Handheld stacks of 30-50 shots seem like a real pain in the back!


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Mar 06, 2013 14:54 |  #10

good work, first one would make a nice design for an ashtray.


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Mar 06, 2013 14:55 |  #11

Amazing shots!


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Mar 06, 2013 14:59 |  #12

[Insert robust applause here.] Really impressive.


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Mar 06, 2013 18:23 |  #13

These are beautiful. I wish you the best of luck with the book!


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Mar 06, 2013 21:03 |  #14

Those really are beautiful! Good luck with your book!


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Don ­ Komarechka
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Mar 07, 2013 00:42 |  #15

Thanks so much for all of the compliments and well wishes everyone! I'm glad these images are so well received by this community. :)

alquimista, the book is being funded at indiegogo, very similar to kickstarter but kickstarter doesn't like Canadian bank accounts, so I had to look elsewhere.

gatorlink, a great question, and the answer lies within the subject itself. Fragile and temperature sensitive, handling snowflakes is quite difficult. I can't bring them inside, and the angle of the crystal has to be fairly exact to get the light to reflect off it's surface properly. While it would be conceivably possible to use a focus-rail setup, the number of variables involved would be very hard to control in a timely manner. Time is certainly of the essence with these images, because if I wait more than a minute or so a snowflake may start to melt, blow away or be smothered by more falling snow. Imagine trying to track a bird with a big telephoto lens on a blue featureless sky... you need fast and somewhat erratic movements to locate it (and lots of luck). Snowflakes are much the same. :)

Racketman I hear ya, but I think this one would make a better ashtray:

IMAGE: http://donkom.ca/potn/snowflakes/DKP_9579.jpg

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