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.
Very little is known about the daily life of the beautiful corals and sponges in the ocean. Photographer Daniel Stoupin took 150,000 shots to make this video clip of some of these marine animals, using a process known as focus stacking. The results are breath-taking.
“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)
Videographer, Daniel Stoupin, spent nine months creating this amazing time-lapse of this habitat, and the final result is incredible! The project required 150,000 22-megapixel RAW exposures, which he compiled into a 4K masterpiece.
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.