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Water of Symmetry by crimsonpenguin Water of Symmetry by crimsonpenguin
To commemorate my first deviation with 100 favorites (now 341! [link] ), I thought I'd upload another one, taken 7 minutes later.

This one isn't quite as big, but somehow I kind of like it better; I just really like the pattern.

The title is incredibly cheesy in my opinion, but it's also kind of like the Muse album, which is really good. :D

Taken with my old Vivitar MF 100mm f2.8 1:1 macro, with a +5 diopter lens (approximately +5 - my brother sort of made it). All the rest of the technical info is in the EXIF data.

The background is a mohair scarf. Lighting is natural (cloudy day), and I of course used a tripod. I did some minor editing; a bit of levels, and increased the exposure a bit (no cropping).

To get good snow flake pictures, it has to be right around -5ºC - too cold, and they'll look nice, but they'll be tiny, too warm and they'll be nice and big, but they'll just be puff balls, and they may even melt very quickly. Given how little is in focus, even at f9.5, anything other than a flat flake doesn't really work.

I've also concluded that tight weave, and even glass doesn't work as a good background. Because when you're that close up, you just see all the imperfections, and it doesn't look nice. I think the ideal is hairy things, which are meant to be chaotic and "imperfect", and the flakes rest on the hairs nicely as well.

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WOW!! My first DD :O! Thanks so much ^dandelgrosso, *Haen9, and everyone who's commented/favorited!

This picture is getting so much attention lately! First it gets in my credit union's (bank) calendar, and they use it for their internal Christmas cards, then I make cards of it, then I enter it in a contest on here, and that gets it a bunch of attention that turns into this DD! :D

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Since people seemed interested, I've now written a much more detailed guide on taking snow flake pictures; [link]
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Daily Deviation

Given 2008-12-04
Water of Symmetry by ~crimsonpenguin tells a story of how to take macro photos in extreme cold weather conditions (please read crimsonpenguin's deviation comment). Also, as December is one of the 'winter' seasons in the Northern Hemisphere why not celebrate the cool weather with a detailed snowflake. ( Suggested by Haen9 and Featured by dandelgrosso )
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psykologchristian Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
Fantastic!
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:iconcrimsonpenguin:
crimsonpenguin Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
Thanks!
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bluemangoimages Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is incredible!
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:iconcrimsonpenguin:
crimsonpenguin Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
Thanks!
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:iconwangjundu:
WangJundu Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Professional Writer
:kiss: Love & Support & Cheers from Beijing!
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WangJundu Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Professional Writer
:kiss: Love & Support & Cheers from Beijing!
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:iconwangjundu:
WangJundu Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Professional Writer
:kiss: Love & Support & Cheers from Beijing!
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Pamba Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You have been featured: [link] :)
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:iconcrimsonpenguin:
crimsonpenguin Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
Thanks!
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ditistomzelf Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I would say that this photo is cool, but that would be a bad pun...
it's awesome tho
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crimsonpenguin Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
Hah, thanks!
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fank12 Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Student
awesome...realy...
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:iconcrimsonpenguin:
crimsonpenguin Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
Thanks!
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cjeanART Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
Great snowflake! I also love taking snowflake pictures
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:iconcrimsonpenguin:
crimsonpenguin Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
Thanks! And cool. :)
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Screamo-Boy Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010
its pictures like these that make me glad to have met you haha
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:iconcrimsonpenguin:
crimsonpenguin Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010
Haha, thanks!
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baileysmomentsintime Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010   Photographer
Hi, I have featured this beautiful photo in my journal here:
[link]
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:iconcrimsonpenguin:
crimsonpenguin Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
Cool, thanks!
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baileysmomentsintime Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010   Photographer
Most welcome!
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KrejziSzeli Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
omg. so beautiful *_*
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:iconcrimsonpenguin:
crimsonpenguin Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
Thanks!
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That is frickin' amazing. So much detail in something so small, and you captured it perfectly. :love:
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crimsonpenguin Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
Thanks a lot! Detail is my #1 goal with photography.
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Tuttylu Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010
Amazing catch !
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crimsonpenguin Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010
Thanks! And thanks for the favorite.
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devilishlysweetplus Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009
I featured this awesome deviation at [link] - If you'd like me to take it down, just shoot me a note! :santa:
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:iconcrimsonpenguin:
crimsonpenguin Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009
No, that's fine with me - thanks!
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wszystkojedno Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009
Featured here :heart:: [link]
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:iconcrimsonpenguin:
crimsonpenguin Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009
Thanks!
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PurpleLotusPhotos Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009  Professional Photographer
I have featured this here [link] :heart:
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:iconcrimsonpenguin:
crimsonpenguin Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009
Thanks!
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PurpleLotusPhotos Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009  Professional Photographer
My pleasure!
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Pat-61 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
Hello, I am doing a web design, and I was wondering if you would like this picture to be in consideration. It is just a design, so I don't profit, and you will get a link back in the description and I will note you if you win.

Please simply reply yes or no.

~Pat-61
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crimsonpenguin Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
No.

I might say yes if I knew what it was for, but otherwise, no. Thanks for asking though.
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Pat-61 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
Oh, its cool, It was going to be just a design I uploaded here and submitted to a group that gives web design resources...

Thanks for your time. Lol, atleast it wont be a blow out for this category...
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MehreenFreed Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I really appreciate how you help the beginners and viewers with capturing a photograph with a warmly peaceful effect like that.
You have a done a great job ourself.
And Hey,you deserve that DD.

:star: :star: :star: :star:


P.S. Can't wait to read your guide to taking better photographs and full of potential,like yours.

Good Day!
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crimsonpenguin Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009
Thanks! :)

There's a link to that guide at the end of the description, or here: [link]

Thanks for favoriting/watching too. :)
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BeautifullyChaotic Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omg, I think something in this photo moved me to almost tears. I've never seen a snowflake shot, I didn't know you can actually shoot it to this amount of details. Fantastic!
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crimsonpenguin Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
Wow, I'm flattered! Thanks a lot! And thanks for the favorites too. :)
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BeautifullyChaotic Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem, I thank you for taking this shot!
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SelinaValeska Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow.. is this a real snowflake?
I didn´t know they really looked that wonderful.
Well done~ :heart:
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crimsonpenguin Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009
Yup! They only look like that sometimes though; when it's around -5ºC.
Thanks! And thanks for all the favorites too. :)
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SelinaValeska Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh~ ok. Good to know that :)
My pleasure ^_^
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TheRealKugelfischi Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009
Wow! This is just awesome! Normally you can't see the form and the structure of it and in macro it looks so glamorous :aww: I also think that the hairy background fits, because it's a contrast between the symmetric snowflake.

I want to have a macro objective too;) I want to make such wonderful macros too =)
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crimsonpenguin Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009
Thanks a lot, glad you like it!

I made a sort of guide about taking pictures of snow flakes by the way; [link]
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TheRealKugelfischi Featured By Owner May 2, 2009
Oh, that's great!
Until next winter I will have my new lens and then I really have to try it out :nod: :)
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:iconcrimsonpenguin:
crimsonpenguin Featured By Owner May 2, 2009
Cool, let me know how it goes if you try. :)
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enigmatichus Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009
This work has been featured here: [link]
I hope you appreciate it!! =)
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:iconcrimsonpenguin:
crimsonpenguin Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009
Thanks! :)
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