Inspired by the incredible snowflake photography of Mark Cassino
for the past few winters I've been trying my hand at capturing snowflake images.

My current setup consists of a El-Nikkor 50m F2.8 enlarging lens reverse mounted on a Pentax Auto Belllows, which is mounted on a Pentax K5. All this is then mounted on a homemade wooden copy stand.

The temperature needs to be cold enough that the crystals don't melt while you're working with them, but not so cold you freeze !! I find temperatures around -5C to be a good compromise. You also need good snow, not too 'clumpy' and
not too icy. Happily here in southern Ontario I have lots of snow crystals to play with :)

There's a lot of different shapes the snow crystals can take.

Be sure to check out the rest of Kenneth G. Libbrecht's very informative website - everything you could possibly wish to know about snow crystals.
Also check out his appearance on CBS news

You might also want to check out the Awesome Snowflake
group. Lots of great shots

Also check out the great work from
Detached Retina,
David Drexler ,
Alexey Kljatov ,
Don Komarechka,
and Pam Eveleigh

If you'd like prints of some of my favourite snow crystal images check out my Snowflake prints set.

Ken Libbrecht presented a 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.

Here's a link to a recording of it:


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