The snowflake pictures are taken by the following process:
The perfect temperature to work with snowflakes is between 10 and 20F. I have an old black music stand, the same as in a church, that I turn so it acts like an elevated table. When the snowflakes are falling, I observe them on the flat, black surface of the stand and when I see one that is interesting I use a small artists brush to pick it up. Usually it sticks to the brush by static cling. I than carefully lay it on a microscope slide and view it under a home made microscope with an attachment for my camera. The snowflake is backlit with a small led flashlight underneath the microscope slide.
Once in focus, it's amazing to view to little crystals. Of course this is all done in the cold air in order to keep the snowflakes from melting on anything warm.
Hope this explains thing a bit.
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