Frost crystals (III)

Another frost-on-foxtail image, this time a more complex growth of crystals:

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Same frosty morning as the others I’ve posted recently. That morning was the last for late fall frost – winter snow is here, 8 inches so far.

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13 thoughts on “Frost crystals (III)

  1. Wowsers! That is an amazing picture! You have captured some pretty exquisite detail in this shot! Simply breathtaking! Thanks so much for sharing and I look forward to more of your posts!

  2. Tom, I see I’m not the only one that immediately thought of “exquisite” when viewing this image! Beautifully designed and captured!
    P.S. would you mind sharing the technical aspects of this image? I’m particularly interested in knowing what lens you used in making this. Thanks.

    • Sure, here’s the scoop: All of the frost images in recent posts were taken with the Canon MP-E65 lens, an unusual lens that has no infinity focus but can get magnification from 1x to 5x. I stacked images to get added depth of field. This image was at around 3x magnification.

      • Thanks Tom! I appreciate the info. I was reading that at these high magnifications, a special flash is often needed. Could you tell me what your experience has been and if you do use a flash, what type it is?

      • Flash is very useful with this lens, but it isn’t required. At higher magnifications, the shutter speeds can be 4 stops slower than than 1x speeds. If the subject is stationary, slow speeds don’t matter. I use a single diffused flash (580ex, sometimes on a bracket), or a reflector. Others use ring flash or the Canon twin flash. I don’t like using flash with reflective things – like crystals – because of flash highlights.

    • Thanks for the flash info. I’m glad to hear that this lens doesn’t require flash. The Canon MP-E65 is definitely on my 2014 wish list πŸ™‚
      Happy Holidays to you!

  3. Hi Tom,
    your whole series of ice crystal has been fantastic work.
    The detail of the ice is just amazing.
    I wish you and your family a merry Christmas and all the best for 2014.
    Looking forward to your photos next year!
    Best wishes,
    Sandra

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