A lot goes unseen in nature, and that's especially true for life in the sea. We rarely get to witness the colour and magic that occurs below sea level. In this video, however, we witness the motions of slow marine life. What makes this video compelling was how it was created. Daniel Stoupin had to compile over a hundred thousand images to create this masterful timelapse. Here's a brief description of what he had to do:

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). 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.

Make sure to check out the video at the highest resolution you can. Daniel even made it available in 4K for those of you with bandwidth to spare. Enjoy.

Original source found here.

 

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