Early Morning Hoar Frost

We went to a local park early in the morning because it was perfect conditions for Hoar Frost. Hoar Frost is a deposit of ice crystals on objects exposed to the free air, such as grass blades, tree branches, or leaves. It is formed by direct condensation of water vapour to ice at temperatures below freezing and occurs when air is brought to its frost point by cooling. We had to get there before the sun hit those areas with the frost which makes it more difficult to photograph because there is not much light, meaning much slower shutter speeds. I did not have a tripod so I raised my ISO higher than I usually use. I was using a 150mm Sigma macro lens so I was shooting bursts hoping 1 or 2 frames might be a little sharper than others. With some of the handheld series, I loaded them into a layered Photoshop file and aligned them. Then I let Photoshop merge the sharpest areas of each into one file. It was fun searching for subjects out in the fields and you never know what you will find. Once the sun melted the Hoar Frost I noticed there were some amazing cloud formations. Since I only had the 150mm macro lens with me, I switched to my iPhone to capture some cloud panoramas for a future blog.

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3 Comments on “Early Morning Hoar Frost

  1. I really appreciate your skill. Macro photography is not easy. Most of the shots I see are fuzzy especially at the outer edges. I rarely see a picture of a flower, for example, that is crisp and detailed. Of course, the right lens and software can make all the difference.

    • Thanks David! I was using a 150mm macro so it is a challenge to keep the outer edges sharp, also when you are shooting macro @f/8 in very low light, handheld!

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