“I capture snowflakes at open balcony of my house, mostly on glass surface, lighted by LED flashlight from opposite side of glass, and sometimes in natural light, using dark woolen fabrics as background.”
Alexey Kljatov feeds my imagination with his magical macro photos of snowflakes. In this series, he allows the viewer to see the amazing shapes of snowflake in close-up. There is geometry and beauty, there is intricacy and profundity. The wonder of macro photography has long been leaving me in awe. But this time, it gives me this little-girl-sense-of-feelings. I sure have imagined snow but what Kljatov captured is truly is beyond what my mind has ever envisioned.
No two snowflakes are alike. Temperature and humidity affect their composition and shape. Though I’ve known about this before, his photo series has brought so much amazement by showing to me every unique detail a snowflake can actually have.
With his creativity also comes innovation. The photographer reveals that he has never used powerful lens for this series alone. He has created an improvised way to capture these snowflakes and captivate our hearts. He created a home-made rig capable of capturing stunning close-up pictures of snowflakes out of old camera parts, boards, screws and tape.
Kljatov is from Russia. He has recently made waves online because of this excellent series on macro photos of snowflakes. If you want to know more about the technique he uses, read this. You can also take a look at his other captures here.