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They're back - snow crystals.
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Posted By: fwwidall, 01-17-2016, 08:07 PM

We've been having an extremely mild winter here in southern Ontario so I've been unable to do my usual snow crystal photography.

Tonight the temperature dropped to -14C so I ventured out to test my setup. The crystals I was seeing were all very small, and misshapen.

Still, I'm sure more cold temperatures and a lot more snow is in my future....

Just a couple of examples from tonight,






Lots more in my Snowflake album on Flickr.
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Awesome!

How do you do it?
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I saw tiny snow crystals like that on my car windshield the other day, but they were so small I'm guessing I would need a Macro lens and/or extension tubes to get them to a viewable size
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I really like these shots.

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So delicate and fragile looking. Nicely done.
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Fred,
Are these snow flakes or does the ambient humidity in the air create the actual crystal?
Have you tried a 2x teleconverter instead of an extension tube between the camera and Bellows?
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I was prophetic yesterday. Today we got hit with a snow squall, and I just spent the past hour shovelling a few trillion of these little guys.
I much prefer photographing them !

@hjoseph7 - yes, they are very small. The hexagonal plates are about 1/2mm across, and a large crystal up to 4mm.

@coboren3 - yes, they are regular old snowflakes. No, I haven't tried a 2x converter. I'll have to give it a try.

@bertwert - If you check my flickr album you'll see my 'snowcatcher'. Basic idea is collect a snowflake on sheet of glass,
fire a flash up through through, and capture the image using a DSLR with a bellows and lens attached. I tweak my setup each year.
Here's a quick, and dirty, of my latest setup in my garage.


Pentax K5, Pentax helicoid tube, Pentax Auto bellows, El-Nikkor 50mm F2.8 enlarger lens, Yonhnuo 560 III flash, and RF603 trigger.

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Wow, theses are increadable, I just keep coming back and looking at them.
Can't wait to see more of your work

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These are so great.
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