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Slow Life from Daniel Stoupin on Vimeo.

Incredible time-lapse video of marine animals showcasing their secret lives under high magnification.

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Slow Life by Daniel Stoupin

“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. These animals build coral reefs and play crucial roles in the biosphere, yet we know almost nothing about their daily lives.

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Slow Life of Corals and Sponges by Daniel Stoupin

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).

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Slow Life from Daniel Stoupin

“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. These animals build coral reefs and play crucial roles in the biosphere, yet we know almost nothing about their daily lives. (more)

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as a photographer and a general consumer of photographic material I see a heck of a lot of time-lapses in various forms on a daily basis but this blew me away, not only is it a technical marvel (150,000 images, each frame containing 3-12 stacked images at varying depths of field to create a deeper depth of field impossible at this magnification and aperture with single shots) but the shots are well put together, the choice of music is impeccable and I just wish other time-lapsers out there would spend more time on the last two elements, so many great shots out there but poorly edited together with bad music, thankfully Daniel Stoupin has got everything right here.

watch it in HD, watch it fullscreen, enjoy yourself.

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Watch: Coral comes to life in stunning time-lapse “Slow Life” video

This awesome video titled “Slow Life” from marine biology PhD student and videographer Daniel Stoupin shows how although their metabolic process operates on a much slower timescale than our own, these organisms are still growing, breathing, eating and squirming. And it’s all in glorious high definition, composed from over 150,000 shots. Each frame of the final video is a stack of three to 12 shots where in-focus areas are merged, meaning each frame took about 10 minutes to compose. It took Stoupin a full nine months to develop a full process for both overcoming the technical challenges involve and learning how to work with the delicate animals.

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Daniel Stoupin, Microscopic Worlds - Life that we don’t see.

A follow up on cwnl’s post - here’s a video of Stoupin’s work. Amazing stuff.

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