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Another tiny snowflake (lesser than 2 mm). 8 serial shots averaged to boost signal-to-noise ratio. Background: dark woolen fabric, natural light, external optics Helios 44M-5, january 2013, Moscow.

More snowflakes in set snowflakes and snow crystals on flickr.
Also i wrote small article about my shooting technique.
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Web by ~ChaoticMind75 is delicately beautiful, a combination of lighting and sharpness making this the perfect capture. ( Featured by Kaz-D )
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ihamo Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
Looks very nice :D
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VoadorChama Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love that star!
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Bimmi1111 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You've been featured on my page =D (Big Grin) If that's not okay, just let me know and I will remove it! fav.me/d6o52wm
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Amriah Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Writer
This is awesome! I didn't know you could take pictures of stuff this small. :D
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ChaoticMind75 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! I wrote small post in journal about it: [link]
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Amriah Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Writer
Interesting! Definitely unique. Keep it up. :)
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Featured here -> [link] :)
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so amazing! Very interesting work!
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alphabetsoup314 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing shot! Now that is what I call patience.
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Sephinta Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous!
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fridaythe13th Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
this is the coolest snowflake I have ever seen! what an inspiration, keep up the great work :D
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joeltonongkh Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Impressive detailing and macro. Blow me away...completely...
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GumballUltima Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
This is wicked cool!
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AlexFlorezArt Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
Do you have a tutorial on this "average to boost signal-to-noise ratio"? It sounds interesting and I'm looking into it because I'm not always satisfied with how Photoshop reduces noise in my Canon RAW files. I'm looking at this tutorial [link] and wondering if that's what you did. Thanks!
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ChaoticMind75 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, i use averaging, as described in this article. Because i use compact camera and heavy cropping of snowflake from center of 12 megapixel shot, noise is my biggest problem, it's annoying even at lowest ISO (80). After averaging of 8 identical shots and using noise removing software at background (with manually painted mask) noise reduced to acceptable level.

These snowflake serial shots are not ideally aligned: there is some shifts and small rotates, and resolution of object very small. Aligning function in Photoshop work very well, but in this case we need more: subpixel precision. In recent snowflake shots i use this technique: firstly, i load all shots as layers, and do rough manual aligning by center of snowflake (here helps "difference" blending mode: i shift layers, trying to get darkest picture, which indicates minimal differences, and then change blending mode back to "normal"). After that, i crop picture, leaving some space around snowflake in all directions. This background usually contains some dirt and debris, and it is good, because this garbage will help photoshop aligning software later, serves as additional markers. Then, i resize cropped picture to 500% (5x), using bicubic interpolation, select all layers and apply "edit - auto align layers" function, setting switch to "auto". When it's done, i see good aligned stack with subpixel precision. Now i average (sum) them, by setting opacity of layers, then i flatten them and downscale image back to its original size. Alternatively, good alignment can be achieved by using "align_image_stack.exe" commandline utility from Hugin (freeware panorama stitching package).
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AlexFlorezArt Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Awesome thanks! I love low light and macro photography. This will help greatly.
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JustinKelly05 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student General Artist
so beautiful!
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DeceiverOnes Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
This could possibly be the coolest thing I have ever seen in my life
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Kitsune1987 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student General Artist
It's so perfect, it's amazing to think it's a snowflake.
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Scyiss Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student General Artist
I can't believe this. It's really a single snowflake... and it's gorgeous! Well deserved DD :) Congrats!
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KevinRollins Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That looks so surreal! It's amazing!
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UniqueEnigma Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student General Artist
Stunning
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lePoisson-Rouge Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student Writer
Snowflakes are so beautiful =) They look like they'd be crafted by an artisan glassblower (or something like that), but no, they're just the work of nature ^_^
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Ravens-Eye-Studio Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I love this! Very well done.
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Grimstirr Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student
Amaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing. Love this. Too awesome.
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AmongTheFirst Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You know something, this is what they call a prism snowflake. I learned this from playing the latest Time Crystals chapter in the Gardens of Time
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celticrei Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Anyone else see Captain America's shield? no? no? hmm... ;)
Amazing capture, nature is pretty awesome ^_^
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Z1aR0 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist
Thank god I was not the only one seeing Cap's shield.
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Sakura060277 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
is it real snowflake? it's very beautiful!
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RipplingEmbers Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing. I didn't even realise a snowflake could look like that. Your gallery is beautiful, keep up the good work. :D
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Tainted-Peaches Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student Writer
Beauty can come come in the smallest packages.
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dragonmaster35 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Damn Straight...
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DirtySeagulls Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
NATURE IS THROWING NINJA STARS AT US FROM HEAVEN.
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Colorful--Melody Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
beautiful
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NoctiLuna Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful capture, I didn't think it was a real snowflake at first : D Nature holds so many miracles!
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
wow so amazing! congrats on the DD
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ReachingFlames Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Photographer
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galacticpink Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, how do you manage to catch a snowflake before it melts? :o
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ChaoticMind75 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I shoot it outside, at open balcony of my house. Macro lens was cold enough and not melt it from 3 cm shooting distance.
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galacticpink Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's just really awesome! I've always been impressed by macro photography and photographers. Congrats on the DD, by the way!
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draggon-rider2 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist
wow!!! i love this
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LuxLoupeLune Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I can't believe they're so beautiful.
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DeepDark00-0 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
0.0
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drakeo1903 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, this is insane!!!!

AMAZING!!!
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random-drawer-person Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!
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ChipWhitehouse Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
This seriously blows my mind. Snowflakes are like... they're like so... :confused: *no words. too perfect* :faint:
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JohntheMurray Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Makes a man believe in God.
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ChipWhitehouse Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
:wow::wow::wow::wow::wow: IS THIS REAL LIFE??!?!?! :faint:
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HentaiChimp Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Astonishing!
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RelativelyExtreme Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is crazy! Absolutely stunning picture.
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Canon PowerShot A650 IS
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1/4 second
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44 mm
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80
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Jan 3, 2013, 1:15:25 PM
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Adobe Photoshop CS4 Windows
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