I know I know... my last post was about how spring is just around the corner. So what fresh icy hell is this?
Finally got around to processing some of my snowflake images from this winter and this was one of the first off the bat. For a little background info, I usually shoot these on a plate of glass backlit by a lamp. So for the final processing of the image, I invert it, making the previously dark snowflake silhouette into a white positive figure more in line with the "classic" idea of a snowflake that usually comes to mind
And yes, snowflakes are all unique and practically perfectly symmetrical. However, since atmospheric conditions change as they fall and form, they're not quite perfect. One noticeable factor in this stellar dendrite are the length of its "branches" on the left and right arms. This disparity can be caused by the way the snowflake falls, with one side of it gathering moisture faster than the other.
Many people think that snowflakes are just white clumps of ice and the "pretty" snowflakes are something made up for advertisements and television. Well the next time it snows, look close! If conditions are right, you may see 6-sided stellar dendrites like this one falling on your sleeve
Shot with Canon 60D and a reverse-mounted 18-55mm lens @ ~18mm for maximum magnification. No crop.
Please tell me what you think!