From the beginning of the snowflake project, I tried to create photos or videos which capture the actual beauty of the decoration. Here are the two more recent videos I created:
Differences to the Real Impression
I am not happy with the videos and photos so far, because the effect looks dull and flat compared with the real decoration.
First, the white LEDs are really bright. If all LEDs on a snowflake are enabled at the maximum level, the light is blindingly bright. In thee scenes of my firmware, I use the maximum level just very briefly to add this sparkle to the effects.
Second, the diffraction spikes I get with any camera and lens do not look even close to the effect you actually see with human eyes.
For the next video, I will try to add digital effects, to recreate the impression as close as you experience it in reality.
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