Photographer gets incredible close-up shots of snowflakes

Photographer gets incredible close-up shots of snowflakes
Macro shot of natural snowflake courtesy of Alexey Kljatov. (Used with permission from photographer and CC 2.0 license.) See more of his incredible work on his Flickr page)

Kljatov lives in Russia -- no stranger to snow in the winter -- and has set up a camera on his balcony to capture each individual snowflake's glory.

"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," Kljatov wrote on his Flickr page that showcases his work.

He says he built a simple macro add on for his camera that allows him to get the super-close ups. If you're interested in the entire camera set up, Kljatov has posted all the details here.

Kljatov has managed to capture several different types of snowflakes, from "Stars" and "Dendrites" to needles, columns, plates and columns capped with plates.

The type of snowflake that falls on your head depends on the temperature and humidity when the cloud formed, but most snow around the main Puget Sound area is from the typical "stars." Also, snow around 32 degrees tends to be larger flakes that snow that forms at much colder temperatures.

You can find even more of Kljatov's work on his main Flickr page.