03-10-2017 11:03 AM
It's snowing today. Looking for the perfect snowflake, but they keep clumping together.
EOS 7D Mark II, EF 100mm f/2.8 IS USM Macro, 0.3 sec, f/11, ISO 800
03-10-2017 01:29 PM - edited 03-11-2017 11:01 AM
What a cool shot! It amazes us every time that you can see the individual ice crystals in the snow flakes with the right macro lens! Thanks for sharing, Waddizzle!
Thanks, Stephen. The keeper rate for such shots is very low. This was my first attempt at it.
Capturing such a shot takes a lot of luck, too. You need just the right type of snowflakes, which mine were not. My flakes kept clumping. Perfect snowflakes lasted less than a minute, and my three shots during that period were not keepers. The first I damaged the snowflake with rough handling. The second was out of focus because I rushed it. By the time I took a third shot, the snowflake began to melt and lost its' sharp edges.
How did I photograph it? I laid a dark cotton cloth on a milk crate, so I could "catch" several snowflakes. I stood a tripod over the crate with the center column inverted, so that the camera was pointing straight down. I used manual focus, mirror lockup, and the 10 second timer on the shutter to give time for camera vibrations to settle out. No flash, but I used Av mode.
The cloth surface MUST be cold, so that the snowflakes do not melt. Most of all, the snowflakes are FRAGILE, and you must WORK FAST, because the snowflakes will quickly begin to melt and deteriorate within several seconds to the point where they lose their shape and sharp edges.
[EDIT] I forgot to mention that I was working outdoors, during the snowstorm. My camera setup was on a covered porch.
When I said you have to work fast, I really meant it. You have to work FAST. Same snowflake, 15 seconds later.
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05-24-2017 12:35 PM
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