三つの雪 (Mittsu no yuki)

Okay, it’s official.  Snowflake photography season is over.

A few weeks ago, I asked you, my beloved blog readers, to help me select which of my snowflake photos was worthy enough for entry into Competition Season 2019.

The majority of you selected a photo with five snowflakes on a T-shirt, one of my earliest attempts to capture these elusive creatures.

Snowflake 5. Nikon Df camera, Nikkor 55mm 1:3.5 lens with extension tubes. Photo (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

I liked it … I really did … but there was just something off about this photo.

Your eyes are automatically drawn down to the lower right hand corner.  That’s not where I want your eyes.

So I cropped out that tiny, out of focus snowflake in the corner.

Now we’re down to four snowflakes.  And the one on the lower left looks rather – shall we say – distressed.

Crop crop and drop.  Now we’re down to three snowflakes.

Man, this is the photographic equivalent of “Five bears in the bed and the little one said I’m crowded, roll over, so they all rolled over and one fell out.”

So now I’m down to three snowflakes.  A little sharpness adjustment, a little trim here, a little trim there …

And …

三つの雪 (Mittsu no yuki). Nikon Df camera, Nikkor 55mm 1:3.5 lens with extension tubes (c) 2019 Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

Yep, this is my final choice.  And since the image was captured by my down-and-dirty Nikkor macro lens … I decided to name the picture “Three Snowflakes.”

Right.  You really think I’m going to go with such a generic name for my photo?

In this instance … I did go with “Three Snowflakes.”

Sort of.

Since the picture was captured with a Japanese camera (Nikon) and the lens was a Japanese lens (Nikkor), I decided to name it “Three Snowflakes” – in Japanese.

Now obviously if I entered this picture as 三つの雪, people would be confused.

So I went with the title as if it was spelled in English characters.

Mittsu no yuki.

And this will be my “snowflake” entry in Competition Season.  I don’t know if it will be entered in one show or in all of them.

But the more I look at this picture … the more I want to try again with another snowflake as soon as possible.

Now, granted, “as soon as possible” will probably be this coming December.

But at least I can build on my attempts by starting with this picture.

Thanks to everyone who helped me on choosing this image.

Now let’s see where these snowflakes will travel.