Here are a few questions I commonly get asked about my snowflake photography. If you have a question that isn’t here, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll do my best to answer!
How do you take these images?
I give a lot of my secrets away in the Winter 2012 issue of Outdoor Photography Canada. Pick up a copy and read all about it! Basically, I use specialized macro equipment and focus-stacking techniques to complete the photographs. The process is unlike most other photographers who shoot snowflakes, and allows me to play with prismatic colour and surface reflections to a much greater degree.
Interviews and Resources
Here is a list of talks, interviews and tutorials describing my process for creating these images:
A great half-hour interview with Frederick Van Johnson showcasing my macro photography and snowflakes – and how I put them together.
The Photoshop Show Episode 15: (video)
I detail the entire focus-stacking and editing workflow that one of my snowflakes might go through. Watch if you want to try it for yourself!
Her View Photography – Interview: (video)
Darlene Hildebrandt interviews me on macro photography, and I share as many tips and secrets as I can.
Martin Bailey Photography Podcast Episode #357: (audio)
I chat with Martin Bailey about snowflakes and landscape photography – and the challenges of both.
Tips From the Top Floor Episode #536: (audio)
Chris Marquardt interviews me about snowflake photography.
Outdoor Photography Canada Issue 20: (print)
The Winter 2011/2012 issue features a full article on snowflake photography and how to get started.
What kind of camera do you use?
I’m not a fan of this question, as it assumes the camera does all the work! The answer is the same pen that Shakespeare used to write his plays. That said, here’s my “gear list”:
Taking the images is only half the battle – the time-consuming and frustrating part is putting the image together! Check out some of the resources listed above to get the whole idea.
What are the snowflakes photographed on?
Would you believe a home-made black mitten? It’s true! Every snowflake is photographed on the same mitten (received a few years ago from my grandma – thanks Grandma!). This is so I can have a dark background, and because the snowflakes get caught in the fibers and bring the background out of focus. It also serves as an insulator, preventing the snowflake from melting on contact. I’ve searched everywhere for a better surface, and I keep coming back to the black mitten.
Where are the images taken?
About three feet from my back door in Barrie, Ontario, Canada.
Tell me more about snowflakes!
Sure thing! I’ve got a book in the funding stage on indiegogo – you can help get the book published! $35 contributions or more will receive a copy of the book when it’s released later this year if the funding goal is successful. Take a look! Your help would be greatly appreciated.