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Snowcatcher Mark III

The latest version of my rig for catching snow crystal images.

 

I rebuilt a deck this summer so with the leftover lumber I made this heavy duty rig. The base and uprights are made of 2x6" pressure treated lumber, and the sides of 1x6" deck boards. I used 2" galvanised deck screws to hoid it together. Even used a square to get the angles right. Its quite heay and very sturdy.

 

This year I'll be using my 14Mp Pentax K20D with the El-nikkor 50mm enlarging lens. I'll be using Cactus wireless flash trigger and V2 receiver with a Vivitar 283 to provide illumination. I'm still using the blue plastic top of a food container to give me the gradient background. Hopefully this year's images will be the best yet.

 

All I need now is some snow !!!

 

While you're waiting to see my efforts be sure to check out Ken Libbrecht's absolutely stunning images www.flickr.com/photos/klibbrecht/ - he's the Snowman !!!

 

Dec 6th, 2008 - Now the 'flake' season has started again I've gone back to using my Pentax *istDS (rather than my K20D) and a screwmount SMC Takumar 55mm F2 reverse mounted on the bellows. The results seem slightly better to my eyes.

 

I've also added a goose neck lamp to the end of the rig with a compact fluorescent bulb to provide illumation when focusing.

 

I moved my flash to the outside of the rig as well. I drilled a hole in the 'bellows' end and fire the flash thorough it. I've mounted a small makeup mirror at 45 degrees inside the rig to direct the light up thorough the plastic lid. By moving the flash closer, or farther away, from the rig I can easily control the light intensity.

 

I have as much fun tinkering with this as I do capturing the images :)

  

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Taken on November 6, 2008