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The search for the perfect snowflake | Northern Virginia Children’s Photographer

Last winter I discovered what snowflakes look like up close with a macro lens. I saw some photos from other photographers on a photography forum I am on. I immediately fell in love and I KNEW I had to do this for myself. Well there was no way I could afford a real macro lens, it was my first year in business and I had already spent money on lenses I ‘needed’. A macro really is just a luxury.

I tried to turn my lens around and hold it in place to create a macro effect-otherwise known as a ‘poor man’s macro’ It just did not work out in the freezing cold, you couldn’t focus or really see out of it and I don’t have steady hand to begin with.

I decided to spend a little money on a reverse adapter. This basically allowed me to attached the lens backwards to my camera. I didn’t have to hand hold them together any longer which was nice, BUT I still didn’t get the shots I was hoping for. I realized it wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be.

Here was my best shot last year:

Fast forward to two weeks ago when my new ‘Real’ Macro arrived. Now all I need is snow…I wait and wait. Then I hear we are supposed to get 2-4 inches starting at 2:00pm one day. Well it turns out we got maybe 1 inch and it all fell at night.

This is what a ‘pile’ of snow looks like up-close. If you look carefully you can see all the beautiful flakes, but they are all stuck together, so ideally you want to be outside WHILE the snow is falling so you can catch them. Why I was disappointed the snow fell at night.

I did the best I could the next morning here are some flakes as I tried to ‘collect’ them with objects..

Trying to isolate, got a few but still not the perfect flake.

I made the mistake of thinking ooh when I think of snow I think of blue so I’ll switch to a blue background. NOT a good idea, wasn’t enough contrast. If you look at the bottom right image it WOULD have been the perfect snowflake, it is even actually standing up, but alas you can’t see it very well.

This was the best shot of the bunch, two snowflakes…

I am the only adult wishing for more snow to fall (during the day please). The quest for the PERFECT snowflake continues….

To see some other amazing snowflakes from another photographer friend who helped inspire me check out Christine Hseih’s snowflake blog post.

Kim Hill - January 18, 2011 - 7:39 am

I completely understand your quest…I’m on the same one. LOL These are really great, too!

tamsen - January 17, 2011 - 11:20 pm

oh, the things we photogs do to get the perfect image! I am still drooling over the macro lens and likely will be for a while yet! Great shots though- thanks for the tips too!

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