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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:
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ktraynor Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the "chaotic" composition. Singling out the flake would be mundane.
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Alejandro-Delgado Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
la semilla de la vida a los ojos de todos!
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EPIllustrations Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
hello Featured : [link] :heart:
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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!) :)
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annaaw Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Snowflakes <3
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SokarS Featured By Owner May 20, 2011
Very,very cool!!
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DoraTeoDora Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
great photo.....
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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
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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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photographybyfallon Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks so much!
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BeautifulBizarreMag Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
WOW what an incredible shot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :wow:
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IndigoWild Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This has been featured here in news. [link]

You should fav the article if you want more exposure. . .

Have a wonderful New Year!!! :glomp:
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Elwing-Isiliel Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello. :snowflake:
Your beautiful photo has been featured in this news - [link]
Have a nice day. :hug:
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IndigoWild Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This beautiful photo has been featured here [link] :glomp:
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BitterSweetStunner Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Impressive :)
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tracy-Me Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I love EVERYTHING about this.
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happyandrada Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
Wow , this is great .
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foodshelf Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
Thank you very much.
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moordred-fangirl Featured By Owner May 14, 2010
Wow, stunning! :love:
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foodshelf Featured By Owner May 14, 2010
:) thank you very much.
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner May 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello!
You have been featured in the 9th issue of Artistic Assortments! Please fav the article if you like it and pass it on! :)
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empp-U Featured By Owner May 1, 2010
oh my.. amazing :O
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foodshelf Featured By Owner May 1, 2010
:) thank you
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Siobhan68 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
A most wonderful shot! What you call chaotic makes it even more beautiful for me. Only one ice crystal is really in focus, singling it out and my imagination adds even more details to the blurry snowflakes. The light and colouring... I love it!
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Jenna-Rose Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:star: This has been featured as part of my "Wonders of Winter, Volume 1" here: [link] ! Please take a look and remember to :+fav: the article. :heart:
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ariigraphy Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010   Photographer
You've been featured here, in this new: [link] :aww:
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cartoonsR4me Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
again, amazing :)

yes, people look at me a little strange as well walking around our yard with my camera bending over ant hills and so forth looking for a good photograph :D
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foodshelf Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010
hahah yup. I think you just have to power through it and know that you're working on something creative.
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cartoonsR4me Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010
absolutely :D they will just have to continue looking at me strange :D
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serel Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, this is awesome.
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foodshelf Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010
:) thank you very much.
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snikkio Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
This image is in my "Winter Vicariously" feature: [link]
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Andrea-Reyes Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
This is amazing!!
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foodshelf Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
Thank You. I've very proud of it. :)
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fortheunseeneyes Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009
This is too beautiful
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foodshelf Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
:) thank you very much
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fortheunseeneyes Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
You're very welcome :D
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sincenow Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
speechless.
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foodshelf Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
:) thank you
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TaylorHarmon Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009  Professional General Artist
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foodshelf Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
thank you very much :)
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jadey-babey Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Student
wow this is amazing!! id love to b able to shoot something like this
i think it looks nice a but busy it gives it a nice effect :)
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foodshelf Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009
thank you for the favourite. I plan to get a singled out snow flake sometime this winter, but I have to wait for just the right chance.
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