This stunningly beautiful time-lapse video of underwater wildlife was put together by PhD student, Daniel Stoupin. Stoupin says of coral:

“A major part of their daily lives is getting rid of any stuff that falls on them. All sorts of sediments such as sand, silt, and fish poop block sunlight and constantly burry them. Motion of individual polyps or whole colonies moves sediments away. Certain corals… can deal with something more extreme than fish poop. They can excavate themselves even if they are buried deep in sand.”

Who knew coral was such a great example of personal and community resiliency? Remove the debris of daily life—applying help from others as needed—and continue to move forward.


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)


Slow Life from Daniel Stoupin on Vimeo.

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


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.

3D , hope you’ve got your glasses ! Some wonderful Photographs here if you have no glasses also Stereograms Daniel Stoupin I am a marine biologist with passion for capturing everything that lies outside our perception http://www.microworldsphotography.com/ Video http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/deep-sea-motion-watch-a-timelapse-of-a-coral-reef-made-from-150000-photographs