Fantastic macro photos of snowflakes by Russian photographer Alexey Kljatov using a home-made camera rig. The images show that no two snowflakes are alike and their diversity is due to the changes in humidity and temperature as they freeze on their way to the ground. The photos were inspired by the work of Kenneth Libbrecht, a professor of physics at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), who has been photographing snowflakes since 1999. For this series, Kljatov shot the snowflakes as they fell on a glass surface and lit them from below using an LED flashlight diffused with a plastic bag. The light was pointed at an angle to make the snowflake appear volumetric, with light and dark contours, and to show the structure much better. You can read more about Kljatov's process on his blog.
Every photographer with a simple point-and-shoot camera can make very good snowflake photos. For this type of photography, patience, persistence and luck mean much more than any expensive photo technique. It is necessary to wait for good snowfalls, which brings a large number of interesting and beautiful snowflakes. They happen not so often (at least, in Moscow), but one lucky day can give you lots of wonderful photographs, worth weeks of waiting and capturing only non-interesting crystals.