Extreme snowflake closeups shot with a compact cam

A Russian photographer captures macro shots of snowflakes by reverse-mounting a prime lens on his point-and-shoot.

Alexey Kljatov

Who says you need specialized microscopy equipment to capture extreme closeups of snowflakes?

Using a cheap setup consisting of a Canon PowerShot A650 IS compact camera and an old manual lens, Russian-based photographer Alexey Kljatov has managed to capture the intricate details of snowflakes right down to their crystalline forms.

Although this technique is nothing new, we were pretty impressed by his low-tech approach, which involves reverse-mounting a cheap, film-era 58mm prime lens and holding it all together with a metal bracket and lots of tape.

If this piques your interest, hop over to Kljatov's blog, where he explains the intricacies of his setup and shooting technique.

Kljatov's snowflake-capturing rig. Alexey Kljatov
(Source: Crave Asia via PetaPixel)

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