Exquisite. I don’t know which I like best, but the hexagonal ones I haven’t seen before.
Looks like ‘Living Art”. I wish it got cold enough to see these here.
The soft pale colours in the background make them even more beautiful.
Thanks for sharing these, Terry.
Not really. They were so small that I couldn’t see much more than the overall shapes without magnification, and there were low light conditions. I had to use fairly high ISO’s to let me use a reasonable fast shutter speed for hand held shots.
Thanks. You will laugh, but here’s how they were taken:
The frost was on the passenger window of my Jeep and the sun was rising on the other side, providing the light background. The photos were taken, hand held, with a Nikon 1 J5, their new small mirrorless 20 megapixel digital camera, using a 10mm – 30mm lens and a 10mm extension tube to allow the lens to focus much closer to the subjects, and therefore accomplish the magnification. It was a very simple setup, which was handy because the temperature was 5º F when the photos were taken. I used the “aperture priority” mode with an aperture of f/10, spot metering and single point focus area. It was a fun first attempt and I’m sure I can do better the next time with a little more planning.
I’ve been away for a few days, and one of the great delights of coming home is finding treats like this. My, they are beautiful. The variety is part of the charm, of course, but the clarity and the way they pick up the light is just stunning. I’d never thought of the problems inherent in getting too close to ice crystals: specifically, melting them. I’m sure it would be frustrating, but it also strikes me as funny. Poof! and they’re gone. There’s a lesson there about the transience of things.
Yes, the frost is transient and fragile, but oh so pretty. I remember from when I was a kid, the frost that would form on our kitchen window. I will try to make a modification to a tripod so I can use it to get better photos the next time I have a chance.