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December 4, 2009
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PENTAX Corporation
Shutter Speed
1/90 second
Focal Length
18 mm
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Date Taken
Dec 3, 2009, 11:27:51 AM
reverse macro snowflake by foodshelf reverse macro snowflake by foodshelf
Yup, snow really looks like those ornaments.

pentax k10d
reverse macro adapter
18-55 kit lens mounted backwards at 18mm
twisty-tie holding aperture open to unknown manual value probably f5.6-8 ish

My first good opportunity to try a reverse macro shot of a snow flake. Unfortunately I had to wait til morning when it was no longer snowing. I'd really like to single out one snow flake to make the shot less chaotic. However it is neat to see why fluffy snow is fluffy. Look at all that space in between the flakes.

I learned about the reverse macro technique from the works of [link] billyunderscorebwa. He's got some amazing snow shots as well.

Side note:
People look at you really funny when you're bent over the hood of your car taking pictures of snow. I guess you just kinda have to roll with it and ignore their confusement. Confusement is now a word.

Side-Side note: I bought a film camera for $20! It's an old Chinar DSL, not to be confused with a dSLR, this camera is very analog. I also got some rolls of expired film for free. I can't wait to see how it all pans out. The main reason I bought it was for the two lenses it came with. They both fit on my Pentax dSLR. A sweet 50mm prime f1.9 lens and a 80-205mm zoom lens. Generally very happy with my camera situation at the moment. Just wish I wasn't so hungover, I'd be much more motivated to try it all out.
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BlackCyanide-fr Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Your work has been featured here : [link] :squee:
ktraynor Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the "chaotic" composition. Singling out the flake would be mundane.
Alejandro-Delgado Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
la semilla de la vida a los ojos de todos!
EPIllustrations Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
hello Featured : [link] :heart:
Moosplauze Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great photo! Please take a look at the group #Reverse-Lens-Macro , I am sure you will like what you see there! We also have an ongoing contest [link] with some cool prizes on the line already (and more incoming donations, so prizes still on the rise!) :)
annaaw Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Snowflakes <3
SokarS Featured By Owner May 20, 2011
Very,very cool!!
DoraTeoDora Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
great photo.....
photographybyfallon Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
omg! and love how you pointed out all the space between the snow, its incredible. its weird how macro lenses could be $1000 and still provide only 1:1 magnification. what is this like 5:1 ? Lol can't wait to try this. Just one thing.. can you explain how to open the aperture? Thanks
foodshelf Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
Sorry for the super late response. I've been away for a very long time. The lens I used was just a normal 18-55 kit lens. There is an adapter you can buy so you can mount the lens on the camera backwards. Once it's on there you put the camera in manual mode since none of the electronic connectors are in the right spot. Focus manually, to operate the aperature, there is a little sliding lever thingy that's usually inside the camera, but when the lens is backwards it'll be close to what you're taking a photo of. ---> [link] <--- this photo points it out. some cameras have different set ups, but this is what mine and many are like. It springs back to normal position after you move it, the more you push it, the more light comes in the lens.
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