Wintertime often means a fresh blanket of snow covering everything in sight. One can only imagine what those individual snowflakes actually look like closeup!
Let It Snow
You’ve probably have used scissors and folded up paper to create your own snowflakes! Have you ever stopped to wonder what a snowflake really looks like? Photographer Alexey Kljatov loves capture his work of snowflakes with through macro photography!
It’s All In The Design
He captures most of his images with the snowflakes on a woolen fabric backdrop. The fibers in the fabric help to make the snowflake stick and slow down the melting process.
The Toothpick Tool
Alexey uses toothpicks to help move around the tiny snow crystals. He can photograph them in different directions and angles to capture all of the intricate details. Despite how delicate they are, they are able to withstand touches by the toothpick and not really change in shape.
Fashioned For Snowflakes
The camera he uses is a Canon Powershot A650, but with an attached Helios 44 lens for the optical zoom. He has fashioned this device on his own and we think it works perfect to capture the snowflakes!
Always A Flake
As the flakes bump into one another as they fall from the sky, they take on these intricate shapes. Who knew such amazing detail went into each snowflake!
How They’re Made
Snowflakes quite often, but not always, have six sides. Their formation depends on the temperature and environment they are produced in. The warmer the temperature, the more complex the design.
This video shows the beautiful, time-lapsed process of how these flakes come to be. It’s quite spectacular as each arm reaches out to form the whole snowflake!
They’re How Small?
With the average individual snowflake measuring only 1/2 inch in diameter, it is quite spectacular the images that Alexey captures of them!
One Of A Kind
Snowflakes can also form columns, like the one below! It really is true, no two snowflakes are alike. It would be nearly impossible to find any two that were identical.
Ready For A Close Up
Here is one of the columns close up. Next time you’re out in the snow, can you imagine catching this tiny flake on your tongue!
Attention To Detail
With how amazing this micro part of the weather system is, you’d think someone was up in the sky placing these designs together and sending these miraculous flakes!
Small But Mighty
This snowflake almost looks like a small shield. Ready to protect against warm weather and its demise!
Symmetry In Ice
This flake looks like what most people envision a snowflake to be! Pointy edges and lots of lines. It’s perfectly symmetrical due to the environment it was formed in.
A Colorful Surprise
Alexey has also discovered the ability to photograph the snowflakes with a rainbow tint to them!
This is due to the same effect that causes rainbows in soap bubbles! It can only be seen occasionally when the snowflake has air cavities in the center and its layers are very thin.
With the rainbow hue and the complex parts, these images are purely mesmerizing!
Sharing The Snow
Alexey enjoys sharing his work with the world and encourages armatures to get involved in capturing the beauty of snowflakes! Here you can see a collage of many different images he has taken.
One Of Natures Many Masterpieces
Snowflakes are truly one of nature’s miracles! Next time you get to witness a winter snowfall, remember that the beauty is in the details.