Ice crown (reworked)

Real snowflake macro photo: large star plate snow crystal with fine hexagonal symmetry and unusual inner pattern, reminding medieval coat of arms with shield and three crossed spears
Snowflake photo: Ice crown (2400 x 1800)

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This snowflake also was processed previously, but it is one of my all-time favorites, so i re-processed it with my current workflow.

This is large snow crystal of star plate type, and we can see that “main idea of it’s design” is combination of hexagons. I like it’s structure and how diffused light from cloudy sky illuminated the crystal. But most unusual and interesting part is pattern inside of central hexagon: it reminds me medieval coat of arms with massive shield and three crossed spears.

10 identical RAW photos, taken as quick series, was aligned and averaged to boost signal-to-noise ratio of this picture. Background: dark woolen fabric, natural light, external optics Helios 44M-5 used as additional magnifier; January 2013, Moscow.

Also, i’ve processed another snowflake with similar, simple and broad arms: High voltage / Gecko’s paw (bright and dark versions of same photo); and here you’ll find another big snowflake with broad arms, captured on dark woolen fabric, like this crystal:

Picture of snowflake: High voltage, large snow crystal with simple broad arms and glossy surface, sparkling on bright gradient backgroundSnowflake macro photo: large snow crystal with large broad arms and simple internal structure, glittering on dark grey wool background

And here is another crystal with interesting central pattern: The beauty of imperfection:

Snowflake photo: The beauty of imperfection, big stellar dendrite snow crystal with asymmetrical arms and amazing central pattern, glowing on dark cyan woolen background

If you want to see more snowflakes, you can browse through all snowflake pictures.
Here you’ll find snowflake photo wallpapers in numerous resolutions and screen proportions, up to Ultra HD 4K.
And here is article about snowflake macro photography.

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