Artist and photographer from Moscow, Russia Alexey Kljatov (also known as ChaoticMind75 online) has unveiled his latest addition to the ongoing “Snowflakes and snow crystals” series, in which he takes macro shots of natural snowflakes, snow and hoarfrost crystals right outside of his house. He uses a Canon A650, paired with a custom-built macro accessory for the lens: a Helios 44M-5 from an old USSR SLR camera called a Zenit. Continue reading for more.

Snowflakes form in a wide variety of intricate shapes, leading to the popular expression that “no two are alike”. Although possible, it is very unlikely for any two randomly selected snowflakes to appear exactly alike due to the many changes in temperature and humidity the crystal experiences during its fall to earth. Initial attempts to find identical snowflakes by photographing thousands of them with a microscope from 1885 onward by Wilson Alwyn Bentley found the wide variety of snowflakes we know about today. In 1988, Nancy Knight was documenting snowflakes for the National Center for Atmospheric Research and found two identical snowflakes of the hollow column type.

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