Another ice castle

Not long ago I posted a pair of frozen drops with crystals – here’s a single one at higher magnification:

I used the nearly the maximum magnification I can get with the MP-E lens, around 4x or 5x, and blended together 10 images to get more depth of field. The etched lines on the surface were what attracted me to this drop.

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18 thoughts on “Another ice castle

    • It certainly did take patience. It is a bother, but it’s the only way to pull an image like this off at this magnification. There’s too much loss of sharpness from diffraction at 5x – F4 or F5.6 are the limit. It’s worth the effort for an unusual sight like this.

  1. Steve pointed out this photo to me because I’ve recently played with the MP-E, too. This is a great shot and I really appreciate the effort it takes to create such a photo.
    Well done, Tom!

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