Canadian Photographer Creates Stunning Snowflake Photos

Saturday, December 19, 2015 - 15:19

The Canadian photographer has spent 2,500 hours of work over five years to produce stunning images of snowflakes which are invisible to the naked eye.

According to Zoomit, Don Komarechka, the photographer, is specifically interested in nature and macro photography. He recently unveiled The Snowflake, features detailed photos of more than 400 snowflakes, measured and scaled to the relative size of one another.

According to Komarechka, each snow crystal image featured is the result of combining multiple images and this technique has been utilized for all his snowflake shots.

On his website, Skycrystals, the photographer explains some of the challenges in snowflake photography: "The entire crystal cannot be completely in focus in any one frame, so multiple images are used to put the final photograph together. 30-50 images on average are used in the creation of the snowflake photograph, though hundreds of images are taken to ensure that no slice of focus is missed."

Komarechka explained that for each image, 4 to 5 hours of post-processing are also necessary because of the handheld photography, the angles, and the lighting.

Komarechka has also published a book, Sky Crystals: Unraveling the Mysteries of Snowflakes, based on his years of experience in ice photography with knowledge gained from studying snowflakes, the details of the science behind these beautiful natural wonders as well as the photographic techniques.

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