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Snowflake-a-Day #26

The Christmas craziness is over, and I was finally able to make a big announcement to friends, family, and the world: I’m going to be a dad! 🙂 The due date is mid-June! It’s been such an amazing year and a half together as husband and wife, and many years shared together before then. I couldn’t imagine anyone better to spend the rest of my life with, and now to create life with. 🙂 I love you, Desi! <3

Okay, this is a snowflake post right? Let’s make it a special one! There’s a lot of fun features and details in this snowflake, especially when you view large! Let’s start with the center:

It’s not uncommon to have a ring-shaped cavity in a snowflake, but it is quite unusual for it to recover and form into a bubble. When a snowflake has a complete unbroken cavity around it’s thin edge, it usually results in two new plates growing outward independent of one another. The bubble didn’t close up all at once however; the corners were the last to seal up. This can be seen by the extended points, almost like a 6-point compass. Eventually they closed up as well, giving us this fun center. If you notice any other circles around the crystal, these are also bubbles in the ice!

Each of these branches have formed in a peculiar way as well. Thicker ridges along the main branches have crystal formations growing out of both sides. This happens in much the same way that a column crystal turns into a “capped column”, growing plates from either end. When it forms on a fully-fledged snowflake like this, it’s called a “skeletal form”-type snowflake. The name is fits better for different examples, and I’ll share another one shortly.

While this snowflake isn’t symmetric, I don’t think that takes anything away from the beauty of it. In fact, I think it might add a bit if interest. The thin outer branch tips are always a captivating feature as well, giving the snowflake a star-like feel.

This snowflake would also be a fun candidate for 3D modelling…. for a future project. 🙂

To sink your teeth into all of the photographic techniques, challenges and workflow required to create images like this, put a copy of Sky Crystals on your bookshelf: skycrystals.ca/book/ – it’s hands-down the best resource out there, and these techniques translate well to many other macro subjects!

To see what 2500 hours of work across five years looks like in a single photograph, take a look at “The Snowflake”: skycrystals.ca/poster/ – So many images, each one taking many hours to produce… looks great on the wall too!

Posted by Don Komarechka on 2015-12-26 17:49:56

Tagged: , snowflake , snow , flake , ice , crystal , nature , sky , water , frozen , winter , fractal , focus stacking , skeletal form , MP-E


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