Snowflakes are such fleeting gifts of nature. Artful but temporary and not visible to the naked eye, they are one of the trickiest photography subjects to document. This proof that Russian photographer Alexey Kljatov can shoot them in amazing detail using just a point-and-shoot camera is a miracle in itself.
His stunning images were all taken with a Canon A650 rigged up with an SLR lens. Using the camera’s standard macro mode, Kljatov fashioned a cylindrical tube out of a small plastic bottle so that the lens are vertically down. He captures snowflakes on glass surfaces on his home balcony with an LED flashlight, or natural light with dark fabrics as background. Melting, wind, and focusing are among the difficulties of the task, but the gorgeous results are definitely worth the trouble.