This is it. One hundred days of cold weather and one hundred snowflakes, with this crystal being the grand finale. View large and let me know what you think!
With temperatures rising and the snow melting, the opportunity to photograph snowflakes is quickly disappearing. While I still have hundreds more I could edit, I think I'd rather keep my sanity. With four hours of editing going into each snowflake on average, it will be nice to have free time once again!
I'm sure this snowflake design can largely be admired without getting into all of the scientific details. It's one of the rare examples of larger crystals with colourful centers, and the large branching event part-way through its growth adds a beautiful fireworks effect to the outer branches. This one is on-par with #73 as a favourite (link: https://plus.google.com/111166628430361488384/posts/MKSbaHTFHMK ).
It's hard to imagine how many quintillions of snowflakes fall around us every winter, and if even the smallest fraction of them are this beautiful... the world is a beautiful place for those that wish to see it. :)
If you've enjoyed this series, I have a small favour to ask. Look back through my stream here in Google+ and pick out your favourite snowflake from the year and share it, hopefully as a farewell to the season. If you'd like to show your enjoyment of the project, I'll always welcome feedback and comments too!
Sky Crystals is also shipping, a 304 page hardcover book on the topic of snowflakes. If you haven't checked it out yet, now is the perfect time. :) http://www.skycrystals.ca/ - you'll enjoy it!
I will have to agree to disagree with you about creationism, but I certainly respect your beliefs. I have studied snowflakes extensively and I can tell you exactly how and why they form with all of the physics involved.
I will make a concession, however - why do we find snowflakes beautiful? It is not the snowflake, it is us that creates beauty where we see it. Snowflakes are inconsequential to our survival, so why do we find any value is such things? The mysteries of the human mind and perception are not as easily understood. I wouldn't have an appropriate and confident scientific response to this. There could be one, but I'm only left with theories.
Their article on how to photograph carnivals was really interesting and a joy to record for: http://fstoplounge.com/2014/03/12-tips-for-photographing-the-carnival-of-venice/
Super easy tips to follow for some amazing photography that can be followed for other occasions like comic conventions and festivals :D
There are six separate accesses to this stretch of beach. There isn't much sand here but the tide pools and extensive reef are remarkable. During low tide, small pools dot the entire coastline. These pools are filled with small sea life and make excellent areas to explore. Offshore the reef is home to a wide variety of fish. The outer edges of the reef are the most interesting.
Today's Virtual Photo Walk was powered by and the 4G LTE Jetpack Mobile Hotspot
There are six separate accesses to this stretch of beach. There isn't much sand here but the tidepools and extensive reef are remarkable. During low tide, small pools dot the entire coastline. These pools are filled with small sea life and make excellent areas to explore. Offshore the reef is home to a wide variety of fish. The outer edges of the reef are the most interesting
Virtual Photo Walks - Walk the Walk for Those who Can't.
+Virtual Photo Walks is a project to allow people using Google+ to be interactive citizens again. Utilizing the hangout feature and smart phones, people are able to visit and interact with smart phone enabled photographers to see places and people they use to, see things that they might not have had the chance to see. virtualphotowalks.org for info.
It is a not just a service for those who are hospitalized or cannot go out into the community, but also for the many who just need a break in their day. It is a way to lend a helping hand by providing a window to places and things most of us take for granted. A truly interactive experience.
Virtual Photo Walks Inc is a 501c3 pending
http://www.youtube.com/virtualphotowalks to see where we have been
John Butterill discovered a way to share his photo walks through Google+ Hangouts.
For the first time, the Google+ Hangout feature, combined with the Android, iPhone or other wireless smarts devices enables “virtual” photo walks. Photographers along with a camera can take their circle of friends along on a photo walk and share the experience with people who can't be there.
How to Help Others: Do you know someone that would be helped by this experience have them follow +Virtual Photo Walks or fill out the form at http://www.virtualphotowalks.org/be-invited-to-virtual-photo-wa/ or contact +John Butterill
www.virtualphotowalks.org for more information
Photographers to sign up use the form in the link below.
How it Works: John Butterill: I use the +Gymbl rig it slides onto the camera connecting to what is called the hot shoe where you would mount a flash on a camera.
This allows people in the hangouts on Google+ to direct the photographer, and see the same view he does. It is not needed to do a tour but does increases the interactivity. More Equipment Solutions: What you need at the bottom of this page.
Get involved today - How can you help:
Follow +Virtual Photo Walks, and we'll add you.
Tell us how you want to help.
www.virtualphotowalks.org to sign up to be a VPW photographer.
You Tube Videos
http://www.youtube.com/virtualphotowalks to see where we have been
How Virtual Photo Walks™ came about
Virtual Photo Walks came into existence as a result of a series of random events. I was out for a walk and saw that +Don Noll had started I hang out on G+. As we chatted in the hangout I was also trying to manage my iPhone and the Nikon D7000 at the same time.
We talked about having an extension arm on the phone or something to make handling the phone easier to handle. After the hangout I was looking at my camera and the phone and suddenly realized that all that was needed was a hot shoe adapter for the Gymbl (http://www.youbiq.com/site/gymbl-pro/ ) which I was using as a phone case.
I called +Gordon Fowler and suggested putting an adapter on the bottom of the +Gymbl so that it could be mounted on the hot shoe of the DSLR.
With the iPhone mounted in this way I went for my next walk, I fortunately came upon a Barred owl and thought I would show it to my friends on Google+ I contacted them and they watch me photograph the owl, on google+ hangouts. +Andy Gray took some screenshots of that and posted them with his comments on his page.
We had an interesting Hangout earlier as we joined our friend +John Butterill on a walk through the Canadian countryside spotting wildlife to photograph. To broadcast these John uses an #iPhonemounted on a +Gymbl iPhone holder attached to the hotshoe on his +Nikon DSLR, which kinda makes the whole thing look like someone wielding a bazooka in a 1st person shooter to us!
At the point you see below he was photographing a Barred Owl (Not a Barn Owl as previously stated). He's since posted an excellent shot of the owl perched in a tree from later in his wildlife walk. We were all kind of excited because we realized this was a new way of going on photo shoot.
The next evening I was in a hangout with a person with MS. She was bed ridden and was talking to about how the only thing she could photograph was what she could see out her window. I simply spoke up and said her I'll take you on a photo shoot, and you can tell me what you want to take pictures of because you will be seeing through the iPhone on Google+ what I can see through the viewfinder.
The next day we did our first, now called a +Virtual Photo Walk it was recorded for You Tube. You can watch on You Tube channel on the + Virtual Photo Walks page. We all had a lot of fun and it went very well.
Following that I was in a hangout with +Frank Garufi Jr and he was telling me about his son going into the hospital for an infusion which is very uncomfortable and painful for an 8-year-old. Again I simply said I'll take him for a photo walk around my community and keep them distracted during the process, this was a great fun event and it was not recorded but Frank took a few pictures of his son during the photo walk watching me on the computer. +Frank Garufi Jr then posted them with a very emotional thank you for me doing it.
This post was number 8 on what's hot on Google+ for about 8 hours on Friday the day of the photo walk.
Crohns Colitis - My Son's Battle
Domenic's Infusion for February 2012
Some of you might remember the interview that +Shefali Burns did with me, back in the beginning of January, about Crohns Colitis disease and how my son has been battling it since he was born ( http://youtu.be/wP7cNbsbJHk ). Its a constant struggle for him, and unfortunately, one that he'll have to struggle with for the rest of his life.
One, of the many, things we have to do is a monthly infusion of a medication called Remicade. The entire process is roughly 6 hours long and requires it to be administered in the hospital ( Children's Hospital of Philadelphia ).
Armed with his IPhone, Nikon camera, and probably 10 layers of clothing, +John Butterill took my son on a photo walk around Rosedale, Ontario, Canada while he was getting his infusion done. Domenic loved every minute of it! For the hour that John braved the harsh weather conditions to show my son around Rosedale, my son didn't have to worry about blood pressure cuff's squeezing his arm too tight, the uncomfortableness of having tubes stuck through his arm, the drip rate of the medicine "burning" him ( the meds must be administered at a specific rate per hour ), or having to be stuck in a hospital when he much rather be at school!!!
+John Butterill is nothing less than a saint in my eyes! He brought a TON of joy to my son today, of what otherwise would have been, another excruciating day for him!
Now we have that page and photographers around the world are stepping up to help conduct photo walks around the world. Events are scheduled in Amsterdam Rome Germany Canada Australia New Zealand.
Equipment Solutions: What you need.
- A smart phone with front & rear camera
a data plan and you can afford to burn 100 to 200 MB of it, doing about a 30 min stream to G+ hangout.
If you are coming up to your billing date for your data plan then use it up helping us.
I used an Iphone 4 and +Gymbl because I shoot VR and had one. If you need other ways to mount a smart phone and don't need the VR option, here are a couple of solutions.
You will need an hot shoe adapter.
Smart Phone users here are some links to mount your Smart Phone
If you are really having a problem mounting you phone to your camera this link will take you to a proven solution that never fails. Duct Tape