Capturing snowflakes under a microscope

Story highlights

  • Michael Peres loves photographing "very small things"
  • He mounted his camera to a bellows to shoot images through a microscope
  • Peres has 30 seconds to 2 minutes to shoot, depending on the temperature

(CNN)Michael Peres is obsessed with photographing snowflakes with a microscope.

He catches the snowflakes on a piece of black velvet, runs into his garage and places the delicate flakes on a microscope slide with a dissecting needle before they melt. Using envelopes or newspapers as background, he captures colors reflected in the magnified flakes.