Taking Pictures of Snow.
This season we have has a few good snow storms. If I pause during my shoveling, I can see the occasional perfectly formed 6 pointed snowflake fall on my sleeve. I decided to take some pictures these little guys and but the problem is, I am warm, so they melt.
My first attempt to photograph them involved putting my scarf in the freezer for an hour and then taking it outside. The scarf is cold, so they will not melt, and it is black, so they will show up in a photo. This actually worked, but, under magnification, the scarf is bumpy, and fibrous.
Second attempt was with a piece of black plexiglass in the freezer. This worked better, though it is glary. I think a piece of very smooth matte plastic might be the ideal.
AT ANY RATE, here are the results. The photos were taken with my Blackberry 9630 smartphone. I hold a 10x Hastings triplet hand lens (loupe) (the kind you used in geology class) in front of the camera lens and the autofocus works right through the loupe.
More later in the season. Hopefully with some improvements.