What’s the story behind this photo?

As I wrote on my blog, I’d seen Alexey Kljatov’s snowflake photo technique article and wanted to see how well I could do myself.

I didn’t have a macro rail or macro light yet, so the whole thing was a little amateur.

The photo is available on Getty, in their “Moment Open” collection.

How long did you wait for the shot?

I spent an hour or so outside, shifting the camera and the black shirt the snowflakes were falling on around. It was difficult to get many good shots before the snowflake would start melting. And without a macro light, I ended up with a ton of blurry images.

How was the shot setup?

Do anything special in post processing?

I kept trying to make it black and white, but it just didn’t pop until I went full tilt the other direction and made it extremely saturated. Being able to see the various colors in the black threads of the shirt was interesting. A healthy dose of vignetting helped too.

What equipment did you use?

My Olympus OM-D E-M5 with the Olympus 60mm f2.8 macro lens, Kenko extension tubes, Vanguard Alta Pro 263AT tripod, Aputure remote shutter, and a black Polar Max Acclimate Dry 100% polyester blend long sleeve shirt.

About the Photographer

Ryan Sommers is a web designer living in Lake Chelan, WA. You can read his blog and view his photos at Flickr.

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