Magical Close-Up Photos of Snowflakes in an Assortment of Shapes and Sizes

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Nothing quite compares with a pouring of fresh snow to make for picturesque scenes during the onset of winter. It is always a beautiful sight to behold, and every time is just as magical. A snowflake is actually two things; one ice crystal or an aggregation of ice crystals that falls through the Earth’s atmosphere.

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It begins as snow crystals which are produced when microscopic ultra-cooled cloud droplets freeze. Snowflakes come in a assortment of shapes and sizes. Multifaceted shapes materialize as the flake travels through changing humidity and temperature, to a point that individual snowflakes are unique. Photographer Alexey Kljatov is able to capture the venerable snowflake at this stage employing a distinct camera set up to reveal detailed photos of individual snowflakes, showing off an astounding level of uniqueness embodied in each snowflake.

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The saying that no two snowflakes are alike is certainly evident in these photographs brilliantly captured by Kljatov. Kljatov is Russian, and lives in Russia, which makes him no stranger to winter or snow. His camera set-up is on his balcony where he captures each individual snowflake’s individuality.

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“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,” wrote Kljatov on his Flickr page that features his work.

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He shares that he came-up with a simple macro add-on for his camera that permits him to get the ultra-close shots. Kljatov has captured a number of diverse types of snowflakes, from “Dendrites” and “Stars” to columns, needles, plates and columns capped with plates.

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His ingenious albeit inexpensive DIY camera set-up is capable of taking superb close-up pictures of snowflakes. All Kljatov’s ‘contraption’ uses is a screw, some tape, a board, a piece of glass and the lens from an aged Russian camera. The makeshift gear, however, does its job impeccably well, taking enchanting icy snowflakes. See his impressive images, as well as his customized rig over here.

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Patricia Ramos

Patricia Ramos

I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I'm talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.