• I thought this much clarity could be achieved only under a microscope. - light_artist

Snowflakes on my Garbage Can

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Supermacro shot of a few snowflakes on the top of my plastic rubbermaid garbage can.

[edit :To answer the questions asked in the comments below.]
No extra lenses on the camera. The pic was slightly magnified in Photoshop - above is a crop of about 800x600 px of the 2815x2112px original.. Then I blew the 800 px up to 1024 px,(so it's about 1.2x a regular full-zoom crop) .
Levels adjusted and noise reduced. Then I adjusted the colour balance, boosting the heck out of the blues in highlights and shadows until the garbage can lid went from a faded greyish blue to what you see above. Sharpened with a high pass filter. The original photo is about 3/4 of the way down the first page of the comments.

[edit again: this is one of over 200 shots I took of snowflakes on that day. It is my most viewed, most blogged, most faved, most commented, and most "interesting" photo.
These particularly large snowflakes occur around -15C (with a high level of supersaturation) and therefore aren't as subject to rapid melting as the smaller,similar-looking dendrites that occur around 0 to -5C. I noticed a lot of the comments mention their subjects melting on them. I didn't have that problem, my problem was frozen hands and camera.]]

Explore'd - #23 on Monday January 22, 2007

aprocter, shαωŋ, nature55, and 376 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. art makes me smile 69 months ago | reply

    A........ma..... zing...! I tried to do this myself last winter after seeing a shot of a snowflake up close by someone else... but... I'm not a photographer and it probably snows here once every couple of years and by the time I got my camera out and captured the little flakes it was all over and my shot was poooh... ha ha... I will try again... God loves a tryer... FAB shot though and using photoshop to make it stand out just enhances the excellent flake anyways..!

  2. cece23 67 months ago | reply

    This is a great shot, I love the colour balance! I'm an admin for a group called Best of Nature - Winter, and would love to have this picture added to the group!

  3. ♥♥ Sparklysue ♥♥ is loving autumn [deleted] 65 months ago | reply

    what an incredible photo, such beautiful detail in things we take for granted

  4. junemp [deleted] 65 months ago | reply

    so great

  5. kelceyolson [deleted] 65 months ago | reply

    Snowflakes are fun, but hard to photograph. I love the colors and DOF.
    Very lovely shot :]

  6. mistymisschristie 64 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Excellent Photographer Awards ADMIN INVITE only / Post1/ Award3, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  7. alemdag 64 months ago | reply

    We have a contest in this link

    We will be happy if you join the contest

    Alemdag "Quality Only" Club

  8. ℙαґḯṧḯ℮ηηε 64 months ago | reply

    This photo is a good sample in the flickr. You are invited to joint "flickr Award" group

    flickr Award (post1 – award 3)
    Please consider posting this photo into this group and joint the community, thanks!!

  9. fannavel 55 months ago | reply

    Wow. Brilliant!

  10. Glockenblume 52 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called FLOWERS and/ or CRYSTALS, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    Fantastic shot!

  11. catzher 49 months ago | reply

    i'm in looove!

  12. kolwi 47 months ago | reply

    Soooo beautiful.

  13. N.C.H 41 months ago | reply

    Amazing! :-)

  14. vytko1.618 [deleted] 30 months ago | reply


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