"Slow Life" is a time lapse clip revealing the secret life of corals and sponges and it is meant to be viewed on large screens. These ecosystem-building representatives of marine fauna are in fact very mobile creatures whose motion is only detectable at different time scales compared to ours. Their world is absolutely captivating and hypnotizing, especially when viewed at high magnification.

We made 150000 shots to create this clip. Why so many? Because macro photography involves shallow depth of field. To extend it, we 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 + deconvolution). Overall, we spend about 9 months on this project developing techniques.

Source footage available in 4k.

Ocean Ark Alliance is a Not For Profit organisation based in Australia dedicated to supporting, sponsoring and promoting marine education and conservation of oceanic environments.

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We don't need to dive into the deep ocean to find the most unusual lifeforms. This short clip is a journey into a bizarre world of microscopic inhabitants of pond water.

You will see water fleas, bryozoans, water mites, mayfly nymphs, ostracods, and, of course, hydras. They jump, crawl, and float in a completely alien environment filled with mesmerizing algae and bushes of ciliates on stalks.
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