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article imageSlow life: Amazing time lapse video of coral life

By Anne Sewell     May 3, 2014 in Science
As the world continues to dump oil, dangerous chemicals and tons of garbage into the oceans, a very precious Eco-system is living and struggling to survive under those waters.
This time lapse video shows just how amazing the life of coral and sponges is, in full and glowing color and detail.
Some think of coral as a type of static plant, but in actual fact both corals and sponges are mobile marine animals. They move and grow at speeds much slower than ours. To capture their true fascination and beauty, time lapse video is the best option.
Made by Daniel Stoupin of Microworlds Photography, the video apparently took 150,000 shots to create. Stoupin explains in the description on the video that this is because macro photography involves shallow depth of field.
He says, "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."
Time lapse photography of coral and sponges
Time lapse photography of coral and sponges
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The equipment used to create the video included a Canon 7D for the initial research followed by a Canon 5d MkIII with a Canon MP-E 65 mm lens
Stoupin used adjustable custom-spectrum lamps (3 different models) to recreate natural underwater illumination. He used several motorized stages including StackShot for focus stacking.
The work required multiple computers to process thousands of 22+ Mpx raw images and perform focus stacking.
Once the footage was all complete, Stoupin edited the work in Sony Vegas, Adobe Photoshop CS6, Zerene Stacker, and Helicon Focus.
An amazing collection of colors, textures and moving life, it is recommended that the video be viewed in full-screen.
Stoupin's website, Microworlds Photography also contains other amazing and detailed images and is well worth visiting.
Stoupin himself is a PhD student at the University of Queensland and his research is in the field of marine biology. He is also a nature photographer and videographer.
Time lapse photography of coral and sponges
Time lapse photography of coral and sponges
Vimeo
Time lapse photography of coral and sponges
Time lapse photography of coral and sponges
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