Highest Resolution Snowflake Photos Ever

 

Highest Resolution Snowflake Photos Ever

Snowflakes in High Focus

We’ve seen our fair share of wintry photos captured and posted on the Gram. But your iPhone can only take you so far when it comes to snapping photos of a snowflake. Enter Nathan Myhrvold, the photographer responsible for building a super camera capable of capturing winter at its most delicate and detailed.

"No Two Alike," by Nathan Myhrvold (Nathan Myhrvold / Modernist Cuisine Gallery, LLC)
“No Two Alike,” by Nathan Myhrvold (Nathan Myhrvold / Modernist Cuisine Gallery, LLC)

According to the Smithsonian, Nathan Myhrvold has PHDs in theoretical mathematics and physics from Princeton University. And he created a one-of-a-kind camera, solely to document these beautiful building blocks of winter. The result is part microscope, part freezer, part camera and all parts are too complicated for me to truly understand or try and explain.

A close-up look at the snowflake camera. (Modernist Cuisine Gallery, LLC)

The Frostiest of Flakes

No two snowflakes are exactly the same. However, not all snowflakes make for great photos. For example, flakes in the west often aren’t cold enough and melt too quickly. And many times snowfall in the east is too wet, causing them to stick together. So, Nathan headed to our neighbor to the north for these images, and found just the right conditions in Timmins, Ontario, Canada. The pictures are often the result of over 100 photos of a single flake. After that, he uses computers to dial in the definition and resolution. And the results are purely magical.

"Yellowknife Flurry," a photograph by Nathan Myhrvold, captures the intricate structure of snowflakes. (Nathan Myhrvold / Modernist Cuisine Gallery, LLC)
“Yellowknife Flurry,” a photograph by Nathan Myhrvold, captures the intricate structure of snowflakes. (Nathan Myhrvold / Modernist Cuisine Gallery, LLC)
"Ice Queen" by Nathan Myhrvold (Nathan Myhrvold / Modernist Cuisine Gallery, LLC)
“Ice Queen” by Nathan Myhrvold (Nathan Myhrvold / Modernist Cuisine Gallery, LLC)

Show Us Your Snow!

Many parts of the US have seen significant snowfall over the past few days. Have you seen some pretty flakes your self? Please, share you pics with us. Tag us on Instagram @TheSnowReport or post them in our Facebook Group.

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