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bralex



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:00 am    Post subject: Snowflake shots Reply with quote

I'm usually a mineral photographer, but I took my rig outside and captured some snowflakes. Some turned out pretty well. The background is the Beetle Black cardstock; I have tried a couple of materials so far for snowflakes and haven't been very happy with any yet. I just used ambient light (sun behind clouds); my rig is an Olympus EM5-mkII with the 40-150 Pro lens, 1.4x teleconverter, and a Raynox 250. Stacking done with Zerene; most of these were roughly 15 images with the in-camera focus bracketing. For the most part the flakes are 2-4 mm across.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice, thank you for sharing.

Have you compared snowflakes images produced by focus bracketing vs single frames lit by flash? Do you think snowflakes contain enough fine details to benefit from focus bracketing?

I have a very similar Oly rig. I am guessing vibration may be an issue, when doing outdoor focus bracketing, using ambient light, at your magnification. It would be an issue for my rig, at least.
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Smokedaddy



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice images!
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

zzffnn wrote:
Very nice, thank you for sharing.

Have you compared snowflakes images produced by focus bracketing vs single frames lit by flash? Do you think snowflakes contain enough fine details to benefit from focus bracketing?


Just wondering if you've seen "Sky Crystals" by Don Komarechka. Outstanding book, very well illustrated and many how to techniques.

-JW:
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful set!
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bralex



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

zzffnn wrote:
Very nice, thank you for sharing.

Have you compared snowflakes images produced by focus bracketing vs single frames lit by flash? Do you think snowflakes contain enough fine details to benefit from focus bracketing?

I have a very similar Oly rig. I am guessing vibration may be an issue, when doing outdoor focus bracketing, using ambient light, at your magnification. It would be an issue for my rig, at least.


Thanks all for the kind words. This was only my second attempt at shooting snowflakes.

I've not tried much experimenting with flash - I don't own any besides the kit flash. At the settings and equipment combo I am currently using, I need a minimum of 5 shots to get the whole flake in focus.

Snowflake workflow: Set up camera and tripod on my front porch. Shiver. Take pre-cooled black material out into falling snow and wait a bit. Shiver some more. Visually note a few possible photo candidates among the bits on the material. Take it to the camera and line up the shot. Take the shot. Curse the foolishness of working outside when it's well below freezing. Take any other shots for that batch. Bang the material against the wall to get the snow off. Take it back out, get more flakes, repeat. I can manage about 20 minutes, 10-15 shots before I'm too cold to manage the camera effectively. Then I go inside and stack for a while.

My tripod is a heavy and sturdy one, and my porch is concrete, so I haven't had vibration issues there.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A labor of love. Many thanks for sharing!

I have read a bit on snow flake photograph and watched videos on YouTube (see below). But can’t bring myself out in the cold for very long...

https://youtu.be/yzrHLIB_5zs

Keith
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