Brighton, N.Y. – The first big snow of the year has Michael Peres running for his camera.
The RIT photography professor loves taking pictures of snowflakes.
Not snow. Snowflakes.
He first collects them as they fall, then carries them into his garage, where he uses a needle to pick out the good ones.
“Every single one you catch you think is a good one,” he said.
He then places the flake on a slide, hoping it doesn’t melt.
“There’s nothing more frustrating than watching it go, Pssht!” he said.
The slide then goes under a microscope attached to which is a camera. Click.
The artistry of the flake is revealed.
Peres didn’t invent this technique.
His hobby crystallized a few years back after a student asked to try it out.
“It’s awesome in the beginning of winter. By the end of winter, I’m done, like everybody,” Peres said.