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Tyler Liebnau   P P HOTOGRAPHING HOTOGRAPHING S S NOWFLAKES NOWFLAKES   Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley Wilson Bentley was born in Jericho, Vermont, which was really a great place for him! At age 15 he started drawing pictures of snow crystals. His parents bought the most expensive camera available for him when he was 17, and at age 18 he discovered how to photograph snowflakes. Snowflake Bentley, as he was nicknamed, spent his life photographing snowflakes in storms. His “best” snowstorm, which he called a gift from King Winter, came on February 14, 1928, when he was 63. When he was 66, his book Snow Crystals was published. Several weeks after the book was published, Snowflake Bentley died of pneumonia at age 66, after being out in a snowstorm. A museum was opened in Jericho, Vermont, honoring this amazing man. Snowflake Bentley took over 5,000 photographs of snowflakes. There are more recent collections of snowflake photographs than Bentley’s. Some of these, with far more
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Unformatted text preview: detailed information on the temperature and moisture conditions under which the flakes grew, have superseded his in scientific usefulness. But Snow Crystals by W. A. Bentley and W. J. Humphreys, originally published in 1931 and republished by Dover in 1962, is still arguably the most beautiful collection of snowflake photographs available. Collecting Snowflakes Collecting Snowflakes Snowflakes or snow crystals generally fall into six categories. These range from stars, plates, and columns, to needles. Snowflakes can range in size from 0.5 mm up to 4-mm giants. You can collect them by letting them fall on glass plates, black fabric, or even black construction paper. You can lift the flakes off the sheet or fabric with an artist’s paintbrush and place them on a large glass slide to be photographed. The bigger snowflakes are easy to see with the naked eye.*...
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