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actinophrys



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:28 pm    Post subject: February crystals Reply with quote

This month I had a chance to take my dissecting microscope out into the falling snow. It isn't easy to use in the cold with subjects that you can't get too near to, but a few results turned out well enough that I'd like to share them.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice!
Did you try capturing/preserving shapes of snowflakes with nail polish coated microscope slides? I read about that somewhere before.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2018 5:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A good result from your efforts in the cold! I wonder if these would respond to cross polarization? Probably more trouble than its worth.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Happy Nice.
Thanks for sharing.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bonjour
Superbes images
Surtout que c'est un sujet qu'ont ne photographie pas souvent voir pas du tout
Encore bravo
Cordialement seb
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actinophrys



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, everyone. Smile
I think I've heard of somehow preparing wax to capture shapes, but not nail polish, which sounds simpler. I imagine good impressions would depend on getting more flat plates, though; here the irregular and 3-D crystals were much more common.
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Chris S.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2018 12:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actinophrys, thanks for sharing your lovely images! Very Happy

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. . . take my dissecting microscope out into the falling snow. It isn't easy to use in the cold with subjects that you can't get too near to. . . .

Nice job!

Snowflakes are such beautiful and tempting subjects. But when cold, snowy days descend, the gumption to take myself and photo gear out into the weather somehow goes away. Glad it didn't for you! Very Happy

--Chris S.


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billben74



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2018 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice images of ice crystals. I particularly like image 5. Wonderful symmetry.
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