Have you ever gotten to see Snowflakes-Winters Flowers up close and personal?
If not, than welcome to my world. Photographing snowflakes just happens to be one of my passions.
When the leaves fall from the trees and it starts getting cold, I get excited!
Because I patiently wait for those Winter Flowers to begin falling from the heavens.
Winter just happens to be one of my favorite times of year for out-door photography.
You never run out of beautiful things to photograph.
But, the snowflakes have a special place in my heart.
When I see it snow, outside I go!
It truly amazes me just how different each snowflake can be.
Some are sharply pointed with jewels in their centers to soft and rounded.
Many of them happen to look just like crystal from an elegant chandelier.
I sometimes wonder if the glass cutters, happen to mimic the shapes of snowflakes for their beautiful creations.
When the snow starts flying. I spend hours photographing those beautiful little fascinating gems . There are times when the sun will come out and I catch a rainbow in the crystals.
If you ever want to get into photographing snows, you can start out with an inexpensive macro lens. Like the one I use a Nikon AF-S Micro NIKKOR 85mm 135G ED.
I really love this lens, it’s very versatile. I use it for my food and portrait photography as well.
Don’t forget a sturdy tripod, very important in macro photography.
Most of the snowflakes in these photos were the size of a pencil eraser or smaller.
So it’s very important to keep your camera as still as possible.
Any shake and you’ll get blurry pictures.
The other item I would recommend is a cable release. This will also help with camera shake. Because you’re not touching the shutter button when taking a photo.
It’s a good idea to have a cable release if your taking macro photos or not. I use my mine all the time when shooting the moon to photographing wildlife.
When I’m photographing snowflakes. I like to use an old dark blue blanket that is textured. I prefer textured fabrics because the snowflakes are able to “hang on” better. Especially if it’s on a windy day.
You can use any color of fabric you like. I just happen to like the color of this blue and how the snowflakes pick up the color.
My snowflake photography set up is pretty simple. I usually have a cover on my camera and part of the lens to protect it from the elements. But that day the weather was very dry, no melting snowflakes. So I wasn’t to worried about dampness.
When my blanket starts getting to covered with snowflakes. I’ll shake the blanket out other wise the snowflakes build up and you aren’t able to them as individuals anymore. Before shaking off the snow, make sure you cover your camera and lens first.
The photo above, I just happen to really love. Because this group of snowflakes are very different.
The set one the left is a grouping of a few different ones together. Plus it also has a tiny bit of brown dirt or something in it, that it happened to grab onto when it was forming in the sky.
The group on the right side, looks like Christmas trees to me. How fighting for this time of the year!
I have noticed that the snowflakes change their shape. Depending on our weather in Wisconsin.
The day I took these photos, we had a rather dry, crisp cold day. So the snowflake shapes happen to be more shaped as the ones up above.
As the weather gets more damp and warmer. The snowflakes tend to get more spiky and shard like.
Either way, they are all so very beautiful! It’s truly amazing how those tiny little flakes form up above and survive their trip down to earth.
I hope I have inspired you to give macro snowflake photography a try. I just bet those little winter flowers in your area will look much different from mine in Wisconsin.
It’s hard to believe those tiny little gems add up to so much snow!