Mar 31, 2014

The Unseen Beauty of Slow Moving Marine Life. A 150,000 Photo Time-Lapse

 

Made from 150,000 individual photographs, Daniel Stoupin’s Slow Life is one of the most incredible underwater time-lapses you will see. It took Stoupin almost nine-months to complete. As he explains in the video description:

“Slow” marine animals show their secret life under high magnification. Corals and sponges are very mobile creatures, but their motion is only detectable at different time scales compared to ours and requires time lapses to be seen… To make this little clip I took 150000 shots. Why so many? 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).

 

There’s a more extensive write-up on Daniel’s blog if you’d like to learn more about the process. For prints and more incredible photography, check out Daniel’s official website Microworlds Photography.

Music is Atmostra III by Cedric Baravaglio, Jonathan Ochmann and Zdravko Djordjevic.

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