January 31, 2015 at 10:34 pm #9596snmillerParticipant
I just came across your snowflake photos – amazingly beautiful! God is the ultimate artist, and the medium is “just” water!
They reminded me of another beautiful winter phenomenon. Have you ever taken a close look at the ice formed by freezing rain? We get it here in western Oregon every year or 2, and I’ve noticed some amazing patterns in the ice. Here are a couple shots from last winter. Photo conditions weren’t great, much like what James recently described about winter in WV – dull gray overcast, cold, wet, and the ice was starting to melt. I didn’t have opportunity to try to set up the shots for nice composition, just wanted to capture what I was seeing before it disappeared. Photos taken with a Canon PowerShot G15. I nudged the contrast and highlights a bit to help bring out the detail.
If you get freezing rain in your part of the world, I’d enjoy seeing what you can capture.February 3, 2015 at 8:10 am #9612James StaddonKeymaster
Very interesting patterns in the ice. It’s like tile, or stained glass windows. Never noticed that level of detail before.
I’m assuming you purposely positioned yourself to make sure the background was dark? It allows for nice contrast against the ice which would all but visually disappear if up against a light, cluttered or in-focus background.
I enjoy the colors too.
I’ll be paying closer attention to the small things next time there’s a freezing rain. I have neglected to observe the patterns of ice in the past and don’t think I have a single one in my portfolio. You have inspired me! Without an official macro lens I’ll have to think of some work around.February 27, 2015 at 8:20 pm #9789
Interestingly enough, I got some pictures very similar to yours @snmiller in the winter of 2010. We had an ice storm that coated everything with about half an inch of ice, and I went out to photograph it. I have some pictures with very similar detail, the stained-glass pattern as @JamesStaddon mentioned. These were taken with our old Powershot S3, before I really knew what I was doing. I’m sure they won’t win any photo contests or anything, but they do show the details…February 27, 2015 at 8:34 pm #9792March 2, 2015 at 8:50 pm #9804snmillerParticipant
Thanks, @buddingphotographer, for sharing your photos of freezing rain. And also the snowflake photos – you’ve been busy!
To James’ question about background for my shots, I just held a piece of slate tile far enough back to be out of focus, but provided much needed contrast.March 3, 2015 at 10:51 am #9808James StaddonKeymaster
Brilliant, @snmiller! I’m going to have to try that. Just waiting for the ice now. 🙂
@buddingphotographer, I really think you’re on to something there with the snowflakes. Your pictures are getting better and better. I also think that with a little exposure brightening and editing out those dark lines at the top, IMG_5672 would look quite artistic. 🙂March 5, 2015 at 1:35 pm #9863
Thanks @JamesStaddon! I really enjoy snowflake photography, and it’s all the nicer when others enjoy it too!
I was afraid that our snowflake weather was over, but today the snow is pouring down! Unfortunately I’m out traveling today, so I can’t get photos. Thankfully I think that the snow is clumping so it’s probably not very good anyway. But, I don’t know… sometimes the most unlikely looking snow is what is actually the most beautiful!
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