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.
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.