By Amanda

LifeBuzz Staff

These Close-Up Photos Of Snowflakes Reveal A Surprising Fact… I’m Speechless.

We all know that each snowflake is unique, a fact that's taught to us as early as grade school. But rarely do we get to see how each snowflake is singularly beautiful -- and that makes the work of Canadian photographer Don Komarcechka totally compelling.

Through his macro lens, Komarechka takes images that can't be seen with the naked eye. His recent series, titled The Snowflake, features incredibly detailed shots of over 400 individual pieces of snow, up close and personal. According to his website, the project took over 2,500 hours spread out over five years, and the final images are absolutely stunning.

An average of 40 shots of the individual snowflakes were taken, combined to get a single image.

The process, known as focus stacking, was required to get an incredibly sharp image that outlined each and every particle of ice.

Capturing snowflakes is a race against time, as they melt rapidly.

After he got the shots, the photographer spent hours processing the images, editing them with the perfect angles and lighting.

There was some math involved, too: The artist also needed to use “an algebraic equation to calculate the number of pixels per millimeter and measure the crystals."

Komarechka has also published a book, titled "Sky Crystals: Unraveling the Mysteries of Snowflakes." The book contains years worth of his photography, as well as the scientific techniques of capturing them.

You can get Sky Crystals and prints of The Snowflake on Komarechka’s website.

Source: My Modern Met