For the past two winters, I have been exploring ways to take intricate photographs of snow, learning as I go. The images on this page show snowflakes in the folds of a scarf during Wednesday’s snowfall. They were captured with a special macro lens that can make small objects look very large. I was using a Nikon 1 V1 camera body with the FT1 adapter (so Nikon F-mount lenses could be used). A 60mm macro lens with a 1.4x teleconverter allows me to get the close-up images. My shutter speed ranged from 1/200 to 1/500 of a second, while the aperture was set at f/2.8 (because of the teleconverter it was effectively f/5). I started the shooting session with a LED ring light, but the batteries died in the cold and I had to use a different LED panel light. Much like a science experiment, shooting snowflakes is all about controlling the variables. As I finish each shoot, I am already thinking about the changes I plan to make for the next snowfall. — Mike Deal, Winnipeg Free Press photojournalist
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