Yuji Obata was obsessed with the challenge of doing something no one had done before – in his case photographing snowflakes in freefall rather than on a flat surface without digital or any other manipulation. It took Obata five years to achieve but his breakthrough resulted in the capture of pictures that allow the snowflakes to relate to each other in space and size, creating dynamic compositions and scenes.
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Obata is a Japanese photographer who has spent most of his professional life photographing snow and winter scenes, more recently focusing on the very snowflakes themselves. He later wanted to photograph falling, not static snowflakes, without any manipulation. It took him five years to realize this, but his breakthrough resulted in images that show how the snowflakes relate to each other in space and size, and which are at once both scientific and magical.
Starlight | Alexey Kljatov | As fascinating as macro photography is, most of us think we can’t do it because it requires specialized equipment. Alexey, however, is an inspiration to aspiring amateur photographers everywhere -he created a home-made rig capable of capturing stunning close-up pictures of snowflakes out of old camera parts, boards, screws and tape. His pictures give us an enchanting close-up view of snowflakes that we could never hope for without specialized equipment.