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Uniquely Designed By Nature
Uniquely Designed By Nature
EddyG


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Challenge: Water (Advanced Editing I*)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro
Location: My front yard
Date: Dec 12, 2003
Aperture: 16
ISO: 400
Shutter: 4.0 sec
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Dec 14, 2003

Shot with the non-USM Canon 100mm/2.8 Macro with a full set of Kenko extension tubes (12mm+20mm+36mm).

Got lucky and had our first "real" snowfall during this challenge (although it didn't last long or accumulate; so it is a good thing I got up when I did!) Caught some snowflakes on a piece of black velvet fabric. Lit by the naturally overcast sky, which wasn't very bright early in the morning (hence the 4-second exposure).

Unfortunately the snowflakes were very small and often falling in "clumps". But occasionally an individual snowflake would land intact, like this one, which was only about 3/16" across.

Post-processing: cropped and then removed the details of the velvet texture visible at this level of magnification.

Statistics
Place: 6 out of 139
Avg (all users): 6.9744
Avg (commenters): 8.6818
Avg (participants): 6.5222
Avg (non-participants): 7.5909
Views since voting: 3999
Votes: 156
Comments: 36
Favorites: 11 (view)


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12/13/2005 08:14:02 PM
wow, great shot. snowflakes really are something to marvel..
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12/13/2005 05:12:49 PM
Amazing. The snowflake isnt really centered, a bit high to the top. Amazing shot, couldn't have been easy, congrats.
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12/26/2003 06:23:40 PM
I have never seen anything so amazing! Wow!!
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12/23/2003 02:42:54 PM
wow, you have one cool macro lens. i take it you used an SLR
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12/23/2003 12:13:26 AM
It's a great shot, but once I read how you did it, it is am amazing shot!!! I didn't think it was real! Awesome
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12/22/2003 07:49:34 AM
Wow! This is a real snowflake?!? Amazing!! I thought it was an ornament. You've got some excellent skills!
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12/22/2003 12:53:46 AM
5 people giving you a three ! I didn't belive it was the real thing until you described how you did it, awesome shot !
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/21/2003 07:57:24 PM
WOW -- one of my favorites in this competition.
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12/21/2003 09:16:33 AM
Wow- way cool (literally). You must have some gear to produce this. Have you read the stories of "Snowflake Bentley"? Look him up on the Internet- you'll love his photos too!
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12/21/2003 09:10:52 AM
Either you have an AMAZING macro lens, or this is a model. Nice simple photo, 7
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12/21/2003 04:44:20 AM
Beautiful capture of a snowflake. The black background frames this very well and helps it pop out of the shot. The intricate design of the snow is highlighted by the wonder lighting.
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12/19/2003 11:45:58 PM
Nice macro and good focus.
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12/19/2003 08:43:12 PM
Snowflakes always appeal to me. I don't see much benefit in the space around it though so I would have filled the frame more. Good focus and lighting.
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12/19/2003 08:40:37 PM
Original for this challenge. If it's real, you did a wonderful job, if not, you did a wonderful job thinking of it.
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12/19/2003 02:14:12 PM
oooh gorgeous - I can't wait to see the How To DO it instructions. I've done something similar long long ago with film and completely forget how - 9
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12/18/2003 11:18:53 PM
Great shot, would be awesome for the macro challenge too. Is this a real snowflake. How did you do this?
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12/18/2003 06:38:06 PM
through a telescope?
i would guess thats about a 100x magnification
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12/18/2003 11:18:51 AM
perfect
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12/17/2003 09:40:43 PM
WOW, is this for real ?
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12/17/2003 12:28:27 PM
I cannot even imagine what went into this shot. I am looking forward to seeing your notes on how this was done. 10
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12/16/2003 10:31:13 PM
That is just a beautiful shot! Amazing detail!
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12/16/2003 04:25:27 PM
Ice crystal? Snowflake? Whatever, it is really a beautiful shape and the way you've captured the glitter is amazing. This should take a ribbon.
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12/16/2003 04:00:47 PM
Wonder how many melted on you, great shot
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12/15/2003 09:21:18 PM
I've been trying to do this shot, even wanted to do so for the simplicity challenge, This is great. How'd ya do it?
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12/15/2003 05:28:38 PM
THIS is goin in my favorites!
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12/15/2003 03:29:59 PM
Nice macro :) I think this would have made an excellent centered composition.
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12/15/2003 03:28:55 PM
How many shot did it take?? I am very impressed... It's a 10 to me! congratulation, extra nice shot!!
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12/15/2003 02:16:20 PM
What an amazing photo!
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12/15/2003 08:52:13 AM
Wow! How did you do that?!
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12/15/2003 07:32:37 AM
This is wonderful! B&W was an excellent choice, and ice is water for sure, just a different aggregate. These shapes you caught here are amazing, just one little thing I could mention: I would have left equal space between the photo's edges and the snowflace, because your subject is (almost) symmetric.
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12/15/2003 07:09:45 AM
So beautiful that it looks unreal.... Congratulation, nice shot!!
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12/15/2003 06:16:10 AM
Simply gorgeous!
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12/15/2003 03:38:48 AM
Amazing. Beautifully captured, especially with the black background.
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12/15/2003 03:21:14 AM
no way.. nature stole this from a paper cutout i made in second grade...
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12/15/2003 03:11:14 AM
This is gorgeous, no complaints here this is perfect 10
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12/15/2003 02:54:41 AM
WOW! Please let me know how you took this one, that is an incredible macro. I would love to be able to take a similar photograph!
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