Macro photography enlarges the features of snowflakes to microscopic levels, exposing beautiful geometric patterns.

Alexey Kljatov

 

Snowflake photography has always been difficult using microscopes and other pricey equipment.

However, a Russian man devised his own approach, combining a cheap point-and-shoot camera with a lens from an old film camera, and the results are stunning:

Alexey Kljatov

Alexey Kljatov

During snowstorms, he takes images from his balcony, using either black woolen fabric or LED-lit glass as a backdrop:

Alexey Kljatov

“Even after eight winters of regular picture sessions, viewing thousands of snowflakes in all their nuances,” Alexey Kljatov writes on his website, “I never grow tired of admiring new crystals with beautiful form or an incredible interior pattern.”

Alexey Kljatov

Alexey Kljatov

Alexey Kljatov

“Some people think that snowflake photography is a complex matter and requires expensive equipment, but in fact, it can be inexpensive and quite easy, after some practice,”¬†Kljatov says.

He explains his methods in detail on his website.

Kenneth Libbrecht, a physics professor and passionate snowflake photographer whose work can be viewed on SnowCrystals.com, inspired Kljatov’s work in part, according to him.

“A starry snow crystal starts with the production of a small hexagonal plate, and as the crystal develops larger, branches sprout from the six corners,” Libbrecht explains on his website.

Alexey Kljatov

It is exposed to a wide range of temperatures and humidity levels as it moves through the clouds. Each of these causes the crystal’s arms to grow differently.

“The final snow crystal’s exact shape is determined by the exact path is followed through the clouds… And because no two snow particles fall in the same way through the clouds, they don’t appear the same.”

Alexey Kljatov

Alexey Kljatov

Alexey Kljatov

 

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