Another snowflake edit on a small tablet, this one featuring two vibrant and colourful crystals overlapping. I greatly miss my desktop computer due to be back online mid-week! View large!
This post will be quicker than most, as it’s been a long day, but something still needs to be said about this snowflake. The colours here are fabulous and I was thrilled to find this pair. Usually I try to separate such snowflakes and shoot them individually, but these two were firmly attached. Enough force could break them apart, but they’d likely be damaged in the process so I left the overlap. I’d never shot overlapping colourful snowflakes before, so it was a fun experiment!
Since this was edited on a computer with only 8GB of RAM, maybe I should talk about how to deal with the limitations of resource-intensive editing on mobile systems like this Surface Pro 3. You’ll need to limit RAM usage by cropping down your images after alignment, getting rid of excess image data outside of the useful composition before you blend layers. This will make the memory footprint of the stacking operation a little smaller. You can also choose to convert the image from 16-bit to 8-bit, and in the Photoshop “Edit” menu choose “Purge > All” before blending layers. This will remove history states and free up extra memory for the operation.
I normally don’t have to worry about such things, but I’m down to limited equipment after a voltage regulator blew on my desktop computer’s motherboard. I’m glad that I can work on some of these simpler snowflakes while I wait to get back up and running, but they take a lot longer without the proper resources. Still, the show must go on!
If you like this kind of imagery and want to know all the techniques used to create it, check out Sky Crystals: https://www.skycrystals.ca/book/ - a 304pg hardcover book I wrote on the topic that is nearly out of print. If I drop below 100 copies left I might raise the price a little… get one now! :) It’s partly images, but beautifully balanced with snowflake science and an exhaustive tutorial on snowflake photography that is directly applicable to many other subjects such as pollen and flowers as the weather warms up!