Snowflakes on my Garbage Can
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