Alrighty, I've got some good news! I originally had some ambitious plans to create my own reverse macro setup (with custom adapter) before our first snowstorm, but mother nature showed up a bit early today! I didn't have my macro adapter setup figured out yet, but I still wanted to try the backlighting technique by ~ChaoticMind75
. So, I had to improvise!
I ended up taking two chairs from the dorm, a picture frame, and a clamp lamp. Set the picture frame (with just the glass) as a bridge between the two chairs, clamp the light to the chair below the frame, and voila! Collect snowflakes on the glass and have at it
Here's a shot of my super-legit (lol) macro setup I used this evening:
Looks a bit silly, yes, but it's far more serious than anything I've attempted in terms of snowflake macros before. Usually I just shoot whatever flakes fall on the deck railing. However, that doesn't always work out lighting or flake-wise (you need fairly large flakes to make that work). The advantage of this backlit setup is that 1.) when you look down at the snowflakes on the glass, they become a perfect silhouette, and 2.) by looking towards that light, you get much
faster shutter speeds
Focusing, of course, is still a nightmare with reverse macro... but burst mode is your friend
SO! With nothing more than a basic (reversed) kit lens and a little spontaneous ingenuity, you can produce results like this:
Microscope-like quality from nothing more than a basic DSLR and a kit lens. So glad I can finally
achieve the detail I've been looking for in my snowflake shots! The symmetrical bubbles inside the snowflakes is absolutely mesmerizing and is becoming an unhealthy obsession
Anyway! Just thought I'd throw you an update on what I was up to. Lots of snowflake shots like the one above (cropped in) to post later. Will likely mess with colors/lighting the next time I get the chance to shoot what will hopefully be larger snowflakes
Happy Friday, everybody!
The weekend is here