Photographing Snowflakes

by Ian Maclellan

One of my favorite books growing up was Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin. Wilson Bentley sets up an ingenious microscope camera setup in New Hampshire and Vermont and and is one of the first (and probably the most prolific) person to photograph and show the immense diversity and geometry of snowflakes. Bentley is 100% committed to his craft and photographed snowflakes for over forty years. It’s hard to think of snowflakes without thinking of him.

Snowflake Up Close

I took a more simple approach and flipped a 20mm lens around to take these photos during yesterday’s snowstorm in Somerville.


Snow on a hat close up

You can see Bentley’s snowflake photos online here and here.