With winter’s official entrance last weekend, there’s no better time to view through some incredible images of snow. Moscow photographer Alexey Kljatov captured these stunning macro photos of snowflakes using a homemade camera rig that he cobbled together with a working lens, a wooden board, some screws and old camera parts. The amateur setup pulls off photos you would expect from expensive, high-tech gear.
Kljatov’s images, depicting delicate crystalline sculptures that seem almost too perfect to be real, offer proof for the claim that no two snowflakes are alike. As snow falls to the ground, the small changes in temperature and humidity affect the hexagonal crystals to create beautiful, unique shapes.
If you want to try your hand at the process, Kljatov has provided detailed instructions for how to do it.