Real snowflake macro photo: medium size snow crystal, around 3 millimeters from tip to tip. This specimen reminds me duck feet or gecko's paw. Snowflake was captured on large sheet of glass with LED lighting from behind.
This is post-processed version, transferred to pure black background (original photo have bright grey / blue gradient background. You can find it in galleries "All snowflakes" and "Bright snowflakes").
I'm huge fan of Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley, pioneer of snowflake photography, and for me, his snowflake images are always an ideal to aspire. He used sharp knife to scrape photographic emulsion from plates outside the crystal, to get contrast black background. To get same black background, i use Photoshop brush (instead of knife), and draw by hand precise mask at contour of snow crystal.
June 7th, 2016
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