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.

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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