macro photography | snowflakes

I’ve been continuing with my macro series every Monday. I haven’t been consistent week-to-week but it *is* a project I’ve stuck with for over a year now! I love doing it. Sometimes I really have to dig around for what will make an interesting photo at a super-close level and sometimes, the idea just smacks me in the face. This past Monday, us North Easteners experienced Winter Storm Linus which was snowy and icy. Needless to say, this was a #macromonday where the subject content just smacked me right upside the head. ;)

Gina Rae Miller Photography Long Island New York Photographer Macro Snowflake

I printed out a few copies and let me kids take them to school. They really love showing off Mom’s macro shots and I get great joy from having kids especially ooh and ahh over stuff like this. I was on the phone with my Mom soon after I posted these on Facebook and asked if she saw them. She thought they were Winter decorations…!? Really Mom? I said “Um, no no. No plastic decoration. That snowflake was literally the size of a pencil mark on a paper”. (Ok, maybe a smidgeon bigger). I would say the biggest reaction to these snowflake macros is “I never knew snowflakes actually looked like that!”

Gina Rae Miller Photography Long Island New York Photographer Macro Snowflake

It is true. It would seem that no two are alike. :) Just like the paper cut-outs that children make, these flakes are all different. I really liked this one because while it wasn’t as intricate with its webbing inside, how cool is the crystal edging all around it?

Gina Rae Miller Photography Long Island New York Photographer Macro Snowflake

This shot I just thought was fun because it shows off a bunch of pretty, dainty edges all in a row.

Gina Rae Miller Photography Long Island New York Photographer Macro Snowflake

I told my husband “I’m going out in the field!” when I went into the backyard for an hour to capture these. I was trying to sound cool, like I was a National Geographic photographer or something. (Side note: I told him that when my kids are grown, I’d love to follow wild animals and become a NG photographer. That, or a fire-chaser and capture the FDNY at work. He nixed that idea ASAP soooooo, National Geographic it is! ;)

Anyhow, my “field work” consisted of being pelted with ice pellets and probably running the risk of coming down with pneumonia any day now, my paper blowing away every time I went to manually zoom-in and try to capture a different flake and my dog eating snow chunks under my feet. But I think it was all worth it!

My greatest pleasure would be if you (yes, you!) called your kids over to the computer right now and showed them just how awesome the little things in life can be. Share these images with them. Thank you!

Gina Rae Miller Photography Long Island New York Photographer Macro Snowflake

 

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