Winter is here and you know what that means: Snow! We’ve all seen in it, but have you ever seen macroscopic snowflakes? You’re about to: Photographer Alexey Kljatov has a knack for capturing macro snowflakes. Each snowflake’s pattern is ridiculously stunning, unique, and one of a kind.
Macro snowflakes: How Kljatov captures the magic
For those who don’t know, macro photography is simply extreme close-up photography. Photographers use it to take pictures of very small objects like insects, or in this case, snowflakes. Kljatov uses a Canon PowerShot A650is to take his photos. He photographs the snowflakes on the open balcony of his house, mostly on a glass surface, lighted by an LED flashlight on the opposite side of the glass. If there’s enough natural light out, he’ll use dark woolen fabrics as a background. To see his method in action, check out the picture above: The snowflake is clearly sitting on top of a dark woolen background, which means it was photographed in natural light.
Kljatov’s balcony: Where the magic happens
His balcony is half roof, half open sky. If the snow is light that day, he’ll photograph in the open part and choose only the most beautiful and interesting snowflakes that fall on his chosen background, be it wool or glass. Sometimes he’ll periodically clean is background if it gets covered with snow. He sets up his photography station underneath the roof covered part of his balcony when snowfall is heavy. Then, he takes his background under the snowfall for a short period of time to collect new snowflakes.
“I’m lucky that i have such nice place, where nobody disturbs me and I can return into house when I freeze,” says Kljatoc.
Now, are you ready to walk through Kljatov’s winter wonder land? Lets go!