Melting Snowflakes- Breaking Rules

by Laurie Madsen February. 04, 2019 251 views
Melting Snowflakes

Melting Snowflakes

I have one rule of thumb to take fantastic snowflake pictures, it must be COLD when it's snowing.

Today I broke my own "rule"- I couldn't resist getting a couple of shots of the big fluffy snowflakes coming down. So I grabbed a blue tote cover and drug it outside. The cover was warm so the snowflakes melted almost immediately upon hitting it. I was too impatient to wait for it to cool and just snapped a couple of photos. I decided I like the textured look of the melted flakes surrounding the melting flakes.

In the realm of creativity, I guess rules are made to be broken...

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Marij Bär 1 year, 1 month ago

what a good idea, it looks very nice on blue

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Laurie Madsen Replied to Marij Bär 1 year, 1 month ago

Thank you Marij!
Sometimes my best ideas come through these sudden impulses/urges to take a few snapshots!
Now I want to get the tripod out and do this again when it IS cold and the flakes are sharp and crisp!
I can't find a tripod in the house that goes down close enough to the ground to get this kind of magnification. 
hmmm

1 year, 1 month ago Edited
Marij Bär Replied to Laurie Madsen 1 year, 1 month ago

next time  it snows I am going to try my sandbag

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Laurie Madsen Replied to Marij Bär 1 year, 1 month ago

Good idea, I wish I had one!

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Marij Bär Replied to Laurie Madsen 1 year, 1 month ago

Easy to make, take an old stocking, fill it with beans or catgrid and make a knot in the end

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Laurie Madsen Replied to Marij Bär 1 year, 1 month ago

I was thinking rice, but I'll have to make a trip to the store to get something to fill it with.

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Björn Roose 1 year, 1 month ago

You did get the cristal structure quite good smile

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Laurie Madsen Replied to Björn Roose 1 year, 1 month ago

I was AMAZED Bjorn. Normally you can't get 1 snowflake this big. 
I want to try this again with a tripod and COLD weather (that's when you get the crystal structure sharp)!
I'll have to raise my subject as I can't find a tripod that goes that close to ground!
(I'd rather shoot sitting on the ground)

1 year, 1 month ago Edited
Björn Roose Replied to Laurie Madsen 1 year, 1 month ago

Have you tried using your tripod upside down, so with the bar hanging under it, or - if you have a model where you can do that, by inversing the bar ? :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RzttYFznWE

1 year, 1 month ago Edited
Laurie Madsen Replied to Björn Roose 1 year, 1 month ago

Bjorn-
Never thought of that! Thanks!
I think I can remove the bar in my Manfrotto. So that means I should be able to install it upside down.
The reason I don't like to raise the platform is that the extended legs pushes my platform away from the tripod legs and I don't get the full view that I want. If the camera was under the tripod, I could set the tripod over the whole blue tote lid and aim where I want! I'll try it and let you know, thanks for the great suggestion, I love to experiment!

1 year, 1 month ago Edited
Björn Roose Replied to Laurie Madsen 1 year, 1 month ago

You're welcome, Laurie smile

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