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November 6, 2008
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PENTAX Corporation
Model
PENTAX *ist DS
Shutter Speed
1 second
Aperture
F/9.5
Focal Length
0 mm
ISO Speed
200
Date Taken
Jan 14, 2008, 3:27:33 PM
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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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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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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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crimsonpenguin Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
Thanks!
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WangJundu Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
:kiss: Love & Support & Cheers from Beijing!
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WangJundu Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
:kiss: Love & Support & Cheers from Beijing!
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WangJundu Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
: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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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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