Studying Frost

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It has begun! Temperatures are dropping below zero at night, allowing me to photograph frost in the morning. This winter I intend to spend a lot of time photographing frost, ice crystals and snowflakes in preparation for a book on snowflakes I’m publishing next year. I can’t wait!

These two photos are taken from the black trim around my car’s windows. This one shows what appears to be rectangular crystal formations. Interesting, as water usually freezes into 6-sided crystals. One study published in 1954 shows ice forming rectangles at very cold temperatures, but I think the more likely explanation is that this is the rectangular edges of hexagonal crystals. Science!

The below photo shows growth of a much more smooth design, almost looking like leaves.

Much more to come at the temperature continues to drop. Stay tuned!



  1. Sheila
    November 4th, 2011 | 2:28 pm

    Hi Don, I just spent a very pleasant hour reading your book! Amazing photos!!

    What type of macro lens do you have?

    Do you have any courses scheduled at Georgian starting in January?

  2. November 4th, 2011 | 2:34 pm

    Hello Sheila, thanks for getting in touch! I appreciate the compliments! My macro lens is a Canon MP-E 65mm 1x-5x macro. This is an extremely difficult lens to use, and I almost always use flash (typically a ring flash) when capturing images with it. The photos above were taken at 5:1 magnification and the cropped down further.

    And yes! I am teaching one course at Georgian College in January. Photoshop for Photographers at the South Georgian Bay (Collingwood) campus. find more about it here: (CRN 25429)

  3. Desi
    November 8th, 2011 | 2:41 pm

    Hi again Donny,

    Taking pictures of the frost is a neat idea to being with. But what is even more amazing is how different it looks when given such a close look.

    My friends and family are also encouraging and supporting you to keep up the good work!
    I am amazed by you and so very proud of you too!
    p.s.Obichkam te <3 🙂

  4. Meme & Pepe
    November 8th, 2011 | 11:09 pm

    Hi Don

    I Just love your ice crystals, as they remind me of Diamonds. I’m sure that you know that Diamonds are a girls best friends.

    Love to all
    Meme & Pepe

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