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Dec 25, 2009 21:56 |  #1

Merry Christmas everyone. We've had pretty much a blizzard day today, so I thought I'd try to take pictures of snowflakes.

Used 7D + EF-S 60mm macro - setup in my garage. Caught the snowflakes on a black whiteboard. Transfered them with a painter's brush to my polarizer. Put the polarizer on a flat music stand with a hole in it. Backlit the snowflake with a stofen taped to an LED work light. Edited only in DPP.


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Dec 25, 2009 22:05 |  #2

Very nice!


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Dec 26, 2009 00:16 |  #3

Wonderful captures
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Dec 26, 2009 01:29 |  #4

Amazing




  
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Dec 26, 2009 02:31 |  #5

worked well.


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Dec 26, 2009 04:15 |  #6

Amazing shots. I would like to see the setup. THis is so cool!


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Dec 26, 2009 05:39 |  #7

Very nice shots. Great work. These look a lot better than many I have seen online.

So these were lit from behind?


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Dec 26, 2009 06:02 |  #8

Lovely shots :)


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Dec 26, 2009 06:44 |  #9

Here is the setup. I think having a nice, bright, diffused light coming up through the polarizer makes a big difference. LED light with Stofen attached 5 or so inches out so the leds are spread out on the entire stofen surface.


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Dec 26, 2009 06:45 |  #10

Here are the results.


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Dec 26, 2009 06:46 |  #11

Here is how I get my samples. It's that easy. And I must say it is the most fun I've had in a while with macro photography.


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Dec 26, 2009 07:13 |  #12

Thanks for posting your setup and explaining what you did. I have an enclosed unheated porch, and will be trying this soon. Were you catching snowflakes as they fell, or using already fallen flakes? :)


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Dec 26, 2009 07:18 |  #13

You have to catch them as they fall. That's why having a big black board helps you see what you've collected. Don't see anything? Well you just wipe it off with your glove and stick it out in the snow again. It's really fun. If you try to use snow that has fallen, it is very hard to isolate a single flake.

I bought Ken Libbrectht's Field Guide to Snowflakes. It is a super book. He uses a microscope. I think I'll get a Canon 250D diopter and give it a whirl.


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Dec 26, 2009 07:26 |  #14

I really like the white background and the black edged outline. It shows the structure of the flakes better than anything else. Over the last few days, I have found a lot of so called "experts" on snow flake photography, and they mostly looked very amateurish to me, with images that were just terrible. Yours look like some of the best, so your definitely on the right track. :)

I have been noodling over an idea of using either some black PVC tube or maybe aluminum, if I can find it, to build sort of a Super Extender. All it needs is mounting rings on either end, then adjust the length to get a usable magnification. I think, using two Kenko tubes, mated with black tubing that is just big enough for the Kenkos to slip inside enough to tape them, would give you the mounts on either end. The rest would be a matter of manually focusing the lens on the end. :)


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Dec 26, 2009 07:41 |  #15

I just ordered a Canon 250D, so I'll let you know how that works. I went that route since I already have an extension tube - it just won't fit on the EF-S lens.


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