Teeny-weeny snowflake on foil (winter ). Photo by IowaTom
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Teeny-weeny snowflake on foil

Uploaded by: IowaTom

Saturday February 1, 2014

Waterloo, IA (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: This tiny masterpiece is lying on the shiny surface of aluminum foil.

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10. hotlunchlady
4:22 AM GMT on February 09, 2014
WOW
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9. UnobtrusiveTroll10
2:20 PM GMT on February 06, 2014
I love all your snow, snowflake, and ice-bubble pictures! They really appeal to me for many reasons. I so appreciate the beautiful geometry of the icy shapes and your creativity is right up my ally. Thanks for sharing this wonderful art and thanks for the inspiration! Mike in Traverse City, Michigan
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8. captiveinflorida
11:31 PM GMT on February 02, 2014
This is awesome crazy!!
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7. Cowgazer
8:09 AM GMT on February 02, 2014
Terrific effect using the foil makes it look etched.
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6. IowaTom
5:08 AM GMT on February 02, 2014
I use a reversed 50 mm macro lens with a bellows - at maximum extension
or close to that - and f 8, usually. At f8 the diffraction is still
acceptable.

The most important thing I've learned about flake
photography is not to always use transmitted light. I had been using an
electronic flash to not see any vibrations that were occurring during
the exposure.

A new rig I made for these shots supports the
flake in front of the lens. Now any movement of the camera moves the
flake the same way. I can also now tilt the flake for an oblique angle
shot. That whole gizmo is mounted on a copy-stand out in the cold. I
hand hold a cheap "white" LED flashlight to one side at a position that
produces a best reflection.

I have a Facebook album - that's public -  with the other flake pictures I've created. If you go to Spaceweather.com Time Machine  and
search the archives (upper right corner) for January 14, 2014,  you
will see in the text, a link to my Facebook album on snowflakes.

In the description part of my snowflake album I have posted a link to my "Some things I've learned about photographing snowflakes" note. There's also a link to a video of one of my latest setups.

After
my frozen bubbles were featured on SpaceWeather a number of people sent
me a friend request on Facebook. I gladly accepted their request.  On
FB, instead of making a "photography by" page I decided to simply invite
friends to my regular page; then they could see all my photo albums.
Imaging snowflakes is a very small part of what I do with my camera.  :)
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3. jonan1222
3:34 AM GMT on February 02, 2014
These are incredible! I'm amazed at the talent it takes to capture them. I tried once and my breath melted it! ~ Nancy
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2. nanapoo
3:09 AM GMT on February 02, 2014
whoa!!!! awesome!
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1. YouKnowWho
2:37 AM GMT on February 02, 2014
This whole series is stunning!
Fabulous details here...and love your use of foil on this one!
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