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This video titled “Slow Life” uses high magnification macro photography and time-lapses to produce stunning images of corals and sponges in action. Get ready to be blown away!
What is happening in this video?
A feather-duster worm (family: Sabellidae) opens up it’s crown of feeding appendages or radioles in order to filter feed on suspended particles
A Fungia (family: Fungiidae) plate coral pulsates in pursuit of light and in doing so excavates itself from the sand
An encrusting Favia coral (family: Mussidae) shows off its distinct corallite walls
The starry cup coral (Acanthastrea lordhowensis) displays it’s mouth at the centre of the polyp tissue
How was it made?
In order to compensate for the lack of depth of field involved in macro photography 150,000 shots were used. Each frame in the video consists of 3-12 shots as the shots were stacked to create depth (a process known as focus stacking). The first and last scene are the exceptions which are standard real-time footage. The shots were taken in controlled conditions.
Have the images/colours been enhanced?
The colours have not be exaggerated by digital enhancements however basic white balance correction has been applied and special lights were used to mimic the underwater ambient spectrum.
How long did it take to make?
The three and a half minutes of time-lapse took approximately nine months to create.
The duration of sequences varied from 20 minutes to 6+ hours of filming
Each frame required about 10 minutes of processing time (raw conversion + stacking + deconvolution in some scenes)
Click here for the photographers blog post on the video
GIF Image credits go to Kelly Oakes BuzzFeed