A snowflake photo from the last camera I’d expect.

It’s Tuesday morning, and I’m out the door to head downtown. There’s a bit of frost in the air, and some of the cars along my road have some tiny snowflakes on them.

Oh, I know what that means. It’s snowflake photography season. That time of year when I try to get that super-spectacular macro snowflake shot. Break out the Nikon Df, get the focusing mounts, strap a macro lens on the camera, and hope that I can pull in a super-sharp snowflake image, something that’s worthy of Competition Season.

Yeah, I don’t have time right now to fish out the Df and get the tripod and the cable shutter release and hope that I can get some decent focus-stacked images. I’m in a hurry. Gotta get downtown.

But there’s such a delicious snowflake image on the back of this red Jeep. I want this.

Screw it. I’ll just get a picture of it with my new cell phone camera, my recently acquired Google Pixel 6 Pro. Yeah, it’s still a weird feeling to not say “BlackBerry” and “personal cell phone” in my personal vocabulary.

Let’s get this.

Ooh, this camera has one helluva zoom feature. I think I can get a good photo out of this.

Snap. Snap. Snap.

Turn off the flash. Try again.

Snap. Snap. Snap.

Let me look at this image.

Snowflake on Red. Google Pixel 6 Pro camera. Photo (c) 2021 Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

Wait … I took this?

I took this photo?

With a cell phone camera?

I didn’t need to haul out all my high-end digital equipment and freeze my f-stops off to get a snowflake photo?

So I can get something like this now … before the big snowflakes come cascading down …

And this can be a placekeeper until I get a better snowflake shot.

Snowflake Photography Season 2021-22 is now open. And the best Chuck Miller snowflake image … will be the snowflake photo representative for Competition Season 2022.

Believe it. Snowflake on Red is now the photo to beat.