Here are a few new snow crystal images - the first for this season. These were taken with my usual setup with a few changes - the camera has been upgraded from a Pentax K-01 to a Pentax K-3, the lens has been upgraded to a Pentax SMC DFA 50mm f2.8 macro, and the flash has been downgraded from a full service DSLR unit to a simple manual flash with just one power, running through an Olympus Safe Synch adapter to avoid frying the K-3.
We’ve had at least a foot of snow this last week - rather early even for Michigan - so it looks like the season if off to a good start. Click on the images for a larger view:
I made a dumb mistake and accidentally set the shutter speed to 1 second for these next couple of shots (doh!) - fortunately the exposure is almost entirely from the flash, so the effect of motion blur was limited. I did lose quite a few other shots, though. The first of these is 4 images focus stacked, since the crystal was not flat on the glass plate:
The weather is like a box of chocolates - you never know what you’ll get. Here it is, the first day of spring, and it is 18F, cold and snowing lake effect snow. I spent an hour or so outside hoping for some snow crystal images, but the snow is effervescent and not photogenic. Here is one photo from tonight - maybe the last for this season:
Click on the image for a larger file. I am not sure where the green tones come from - never got those before with this setup - but maybe it is just the power of the first day of spring.
Here are some more snow crystals from last weekend, February 2-3, 2013. I’ve shifted to the Pentax K-01 exclusively for this work. The image quality is outstanding (same APS sensor as in the Pentax K5) and the focusing aids make it a breeze to get quickly get the crystals in sharp focus. I’ve also come to see just how much diffraction affects these shots - so no more stopping down past f8!
No cold weather snow is in the forecast so it might be a while before we have more snowflake photos:
Here are a few more snow crystals shots - taken this morning (February 2). After a little bit of experimentation, I bought a Pentax K-01 mirrorless camera to use for snow crystals. Being able to focus using the screen on the back of the camera, aided by focus peaking and being able to magnify the image, is a tremendous boon. And the K-01 image quality is astoundingly good. It helped me have a very product morning! :D
Here are a few shots - more to follow in the next few days. Click an image for a larger file.