No, I didn’t use the mirror this time because it wasn’t cold enough. (The snow would was melting almost as soon as it touched any object other than more snow.) I just shot from below the balcony rail with the sky as background. And, yes, I try always to use a tripod and a 2-second delay for snowflakes.
I didn’t know you could get extension tubes that inexpensively. The ones I saw were so pricey I wouldn’t even consider them, especially given their limited use. Anyway, I succeeded in making an extension tube from PVC. It wasn’t as difficult as I anticipated – PVC is quite easy to carve. There are no snowflakes anymore… 🙁 But I did come across some maple sugar crystals. All my pictures with the extender so far have been hand held, so raising the f-stop (manually) wasn’t possible. When I have some time, I’ll do a setup with a tripod. I think it is actually going to work! I’m thrilled. Looking closer into God’s creation is amazing!