Posted 20 November 2006 - 09:31 PM
Ah, shooting snow, something I have WAY too much experience. I think what your referring to when you say crystals is not so much seeing individual snowflakes, but seeing that glimmer off the snow, like the snow blankets holds diamonds. In my experience that is just a matter of the snow conditions. It has to be very cold, around 0 or colder before the snow starts to facet in a way that creates those glimmers, then to accentuate them you have to be close to backlight conditions (though the closer to complete backlight you get, the harder it is to shoot) fresh powder will not have those crystals. crumbly snow might, but the best is when it has just a slight crust to the toplayer. Either way, you will see with your eyes if its possible or not. you can use a star filter to sort of augment the sparkles, but I find that a bit unneccisary. just avoid soft diffusion, as that will soften the specularity of the glimmer.