There is a lot of kids out there who purchase a DSLR these days and almost immediately after that make themselves a photography page on Facebook. However, only few have achieved excellence even with the best of camera equipment in their hands. With this post today, let us provide a treat for your eyes as we run you through the most beautiful snowflake photos you’ll ever see.
At first glance the results produced tend to suggest that the images were captured by an incredibly expensive camera. However, that is the catch! Quite unbelievably, a relatively old Canon snapper, coupled with a standard 58mm SLR lens, was used to capture these gorgeous photos in Russia between years 1958 and 1992. Before curiosity gets the better of you, the name of the Moscow-based photographer behind this visual treat is Alexey Kljatov.
Kljatov turns out to be a fan of photographical hacks – afterall, he used one here to reverse a standard prime lens in order to transform it into a fairly macro lens. Usually, the standard lens is bound to reduce the objects to either the digital CMOS sensor or the film negative size. However, it does the exact opposite and projects precisely the real image in case the lens is reversed. This is precisely why even the minutest of details in small objects can be clearly portrayed, as is the case with snowflakes in the images in view.
As for the entire setup Kljatov used – it includes a Canon A650 point and shoot (maximum 6x optical zoom) along with an attachment for a reversed Helios 44M-5 prime lens (58mm f/2.0). A makeshift ad hoc lens is made use of by screwing an extension tube onto the end of the exposed rear element of the lens. In order to prevent stutter and bar any unnecessary light from entering, a wood plank is strapped to the setup using black plastic. The camera is positioned in way that it points below at a target through some piece of glass upon which snowflakes can be illuminated with the help of a flashlight.
Considering the fact that Klajatov uses no microscope for the almost monochromatic snapshots, the photos look amazingly crisp and smooth. Although the sight of these snowflakes makes me feel even cooler in winters, it doesn’t keep me from appreciating the awesomeness that it binds within.
We certainly look forward to your thoughts on these beauties in the comments section below.