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First Snow Crystals of 2019
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Posted By: fwwidall, 01-10-2019, 10:48 AM

Winter has been off to a slow start here in southern Ontario. Temperatures have been mild, and very little snow.

Today it dropped to -7C and there were a few flurries so I headed out to the garage and try the latest version of my 'snowcatcher' for the first time.

Last summer I bought a Cine Yashikor 13mm F1.9 and finally I got to try it out on snowflakes.

First impressions are favourable. I'll attach a couple of uncropped images to show how much magnification I'm getting. I'll also attach an uncropped image with a 50mm lens for comparison.

This year I'm using the base off an old Zeiss microscope to hold the glass plate with the snow on. It really helps with the focussing.

I quite pleased with my first test shots. Hopefully we'll head into the deep freeze soon and I'll be able to capture some stunning images.

Fred.

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QuoteOriginally posted by fwwidall Quote
Winter has been off to a slow start here in southern Ontario. Temperatures have been mild, and very little snow.

Today it dropped to -7C and there were a few flurries so I headed out to the garage and try the latest version of my 'snowcatcher' for the first time.

Last summer I bought a Cine Yashikor 13mm F1.9 and finally I got to try it out on snowflakes.

First impressions are favourable. I'll attach a couple of uncropped images to show how much magnification I'm getting. I'll also attach an uncropped image with a 50mm lens for comparison.

This year I'm using the base off an old Zeiss microscope to hold the glass plate with the snow on. It really helps with the focussing.

I quite pleased with my first test shots. Hopefully we'll head into the deep freeze soon and I'll be able to capture some stunning images.

Fred.
Nice capture. Personally, I would like a slight crop of the third one - where I can still see the entire flake and its symmetry - the best.
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These are pretty cool! I'd love to try this, but we don't get much of that stuff around here!
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Nice capture. Personally, I would like a slight crop of the third one - where I can still see the entire flake and its symmetry - the best.
As I said these were just some test shots with the new setup.

If you'd like to see what they look like after I crop and process the images please check out my Snowflakes album on Flickr.

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These are pretty cool! I'd love to try this, but we don't get much of that stuff around here!
Lucky you.

They are predicting a low of -28C (-18F) for Saturday night, with the potential for up to a foot of snow for southern Ontario.

Sounds like a good time to be in southern California

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Nice! You have some beautiful work in your flickr album.

QuoteOriginally posted by fwwidall Quote
They are predicting a low of -28C (-18F) for Saturday night, with the potential for up to a foot of snow for southern Ontario.

Sounds like a good time to be in southern California
Naw...we've got a full freezer, a full tank of oil for the furnace, and no place we have to be. My freezing cold porch will be seeing some camera action this weekend too.

Spring melts are here before you know it, enjoy the cold while you can.
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A delightful -13C this afternoon so I went out to the garage to try and capture some crystals. Its quite windy so mostly it was just chunks of ice, although I did mange to capture a couple of nice images including one of a 'column'. Only the second one I've seen.

I went back to my El-Nikkor 50mm F2.8 enlarging lens for these images.








Hopefully the wind will die down this evening and I can try again.

Fred.
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Wonderful! Never tried this, snow is rather rare in our neck of the woods, but this is very inspiring! Thank you....
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Wonderful! Never tried this, snow is rather rare in our neck of the woods, but this is very inspiring! Thank you....
Thanks for the kind comment.


One last one for today. I managed to get a nice image of an hexagonal plate crystal. I did see quite a few of these today. Tiny little things less than the size of a pinhead.



If you'd like to learn more about snowflakes check out Ken Libbrecht's lecture called "The Secret Life of a Snowflake: An Up-Close Look at the Science and the Splendor of Nature's Frozen Art" at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ontario on Feb 1st, 2012.

Fascinating stuff.

Fred.

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