This Colorado doctor photographs snowflakes in incredible detail
Why it matters: Each tiny flake tells a special story based on the atmospheric conditions it encounters in the half-hour it takes to form and fall, Persoff says. So, he's helping share those frame by frame.
Details: Using a macro lens, bright light, a sock and a table, Persoff's pictures reveal complexities that, even after six years, defy his expectations, he tells Axios Denver.
- He makes the magic happen by bundling up during big snowstorms and positioning on the front porch, where he holds out a black wool sock to catch the falling flakes.
- Illuminating the snow with a round light, he searches for the most spectacular shapes, then takes the photos as quickly as possible before they're gone.
What he's saying: A little-known fact is snowflakes aren't pure white or crystal clear. Under the right light, "beautiful colors can be seen," says Persoff, assistant director of emergency preparedness at the University of Colorado Hospital.
- "One of the things I love about them is how the color illuminates what almost look like intentional designs a jeweler might make," he adds.
Of note: Persoff recently made headlines for capturing a rare 12-sided snowflake.
- For anyone interested in picking up his hobby, he has a YouTube channel with several instructional videos.
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