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Tue Dec 3, 2013, 10:32 PM

Russian Snowflakes by Alexey Kljatov

To see KOMO4news' photo gallery of these many wonderful snowflake shots go here:

http://www.komonews.com/weather/blogs/scott/Photographer-gets-incredible-close-up-shots-of-snowflakes-234273781.html?tab=gallery&c=y



Photographer gets incredible close-up shots of snowflakes

http://www.komonews.com/weather/blogs/scott/Photographer-gets-incredible-close-up-shots-of-snowflakes-234273781.html


There's nothing like a blanket of fresh snow to make for picturesque scenes around the Pacific Northwest, but among the snowmen and sleigh rides are hidden secrets of the breath-taking beauty of Mother Nature.

But photographer Alexey Kljatov has unlocked some of those secrets, using a unique camera set up to get intricate photos of individual snowflakes, which show off an amazing level of detail that each snowflake carries. They say no two snowflakes are alike, and these photographs show why.

Kljatov lives in Russia -- no stranger to snow in the winter -- and has set up a camera on his balcony to capture each individual snowflake's glory.

"I capture snowflakes at open balcony of my house, mostly on glass surface, lighted by LED flashlight from opposite side of glass, and sometimes in natural light, using dark woolen fabrics as background," Kljatov wrote on his Flickr page that showcases his work.

He says he built a simple macro add on for his camera that allows him to get the super-close ups. If you're interested in the entire camera set up, Kljatov has posted all the details here:

http://chaoticmind75.blogspot.ru/2013/08/my-technique-for-snowflakes-shooting.html

Alexey Kljatov's main Flickr page is here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chaoticmind75/

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countryjake Dec 2013 OP
NCarolinawoman Dec 2013 #1
countryjake Dec 2013 #8
geomon666 Dec 2013 #2
countryjake Dec 2013 #7
Curmudgeoness Dec 2013 #3
countryjake Dec 2013 #6
Voice for Peace Dec 2013 #4
countryjake Dec 2013 #5
RSmith320 Dec 2013 #9

Response to countryjake (Original post)

Tue Dec 3, 2013, 10:59 PM

1. Okay, now that is nice!

Actually, beautiful and fascinating!

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Response to NCarolinawoman (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 5, 2013, 03:13 PM

8. Aren't they?

I'm so glad that so many others have enjoyed them as much as I did!

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Response to countryjake (Original post)

Wed Dec 4, 2013, 01:48 AM

2. All with a Canon PowerShot A650 IS



Not bad at all.

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Response to geomon666 (Reply #2)

Thu Dec 5, 2013, 03:11 PM

7. I know nothing about cameras or photography...

but I was hoping that some experts in the field would be able to appreciate Alexey Kljatov's beautiful snowflakes!

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Response to countryjake (Original post)

Wed Dec 4, 2013, 07:46 PM

3. That was breathtaking.

I must have ran through that set of photos three times just in awe.

Thanks for posting it.

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Response to Curmudgeoness (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 5, 2013, 03:06 PM

6. I did the same thing, looking at them over & over...

Glad I thought to share such fascinating pictures with everyone here, a delight for the season!

You are very welcome!

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Response to countryjake (Original post)

Thu Dec 5, 2013, 10:25 AM

4. adding some samples to the thread

these are gorgeous. what an understatement.



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Response to Voice for Peace (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 5, 2013, 02:58 PM

5. I thank you for posting those!

I was having some troubles with my 'puter when I tried putting up the Snowflake threads (probably the result of clogging up my temp files with the viewing of all this fellow's wonderful photographs; I had spent the entire afternoon enjoying his work, before I came here to share).

I know many are hesitant to click on links (and that includes me!), so it's always good to give a hint of what's to be found.

I think that the woolen fabric that he has used as background for these two shots make them especially nice. And these samples which you've chosen are my favorites of the lot!

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Response to countryjake (Original post)

Fri Dec 6, 2013, 04:00 PM

9. Amazing shots!

I should have never sold my Macro lens...

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