Serenity, hexagonal snowflake macro photo by Alexey Kljatov

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This is another snowflake from this January. It seems that this crystal have biggest central hexagon among all snowflakes that i processed so far: around 2 millimeters or slightly bigger. We can’t classify it as hexagonal plate, because this crystal starts to grow arms.

The main problem while processing this photo was background cleaning. When i photographed that crystal, my glass plate was completely covered with tiny condensed droplets – they was almost everywhere around crystal. On some angles of transit light from behind of glass, these droplets become visible and very detailed. I was forced to manually clean them out, one by one, from 12 megapixel picture.

15 shots averaged to boost signal-to-noise ratio. Glass background with LED back light, additional lens Helios 44M-5, January 2016, Moscow.

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More snowflakes in album snowflakes and snow crystals on Flickr.
Also i wrote article about snowflake macro photography.

The keys to december

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