Thursday, October 16, 2014

Slow Life

This three and a half minute video which was made by Daniel Stoupin, shows the slow movement of marine animals under high magnification. While normally corals and sponges are very mobile creatures, their motion can be detected at different time scales and require time lapses to be seen. They are part of the formation of coral reefs and play crucial roles in the biosphere, yet we know almost nothing about their daily lives.


It took Daniel 150,000 photos to put together this video. Why so many? He says, "Because macro photography involves shallow depth of field. To extend it, I used focus stacking. Each frame of the video is actually a stack that consists of 3-12 shots where in-focus areas are merged. Just the intro and last scene are regular real-time footage. One frame required about 10 minutes of processing time (raw conversion + stacking). Unfortunately, the success rate was very low due to copious technical challenges and I spent almost 9 long months just to learn how to make these kinds of videos and understand how to work with these delicate creatures."

This video is best viewed full screen, so click on the full screen icon on the right side of "HD" on the actual video.




6 comments:

Shamini G said...

Bewitching beauty of marine life.

Laron said...

It is quite amazing what goes on down there, as we are left to our daily lives here without having any idea!

Deli Rico said...

Loving the crazy colors mother earth poured into their skins, and some pple still thinking life was random¿ lovely vid thx Laron

Alex V

ruffletheteacher.com said...

Aliens. Proof of panspermia right there! Those 'critters' are so amazingly beautiful. Colorful, mysterious... Not of this world!

Shamini G said...

Yes, the vibrant colors...so beautiful!! It's a different world down there. No traffic, high rise buildings, factories, radioactive leaks, wars, crime, corporate BS. The best three and a half minutes of my day today out of my crazy day at work. Like a 3 min meditation. Got what I mean?

Ivan Lukačević said...

wondrous to behold.... thank you for your effort and this gem of earthly beauty Daniel and thank you Laron for sharing it here.