"Slow" marine animals show their secret life under high magnification. Corals and sponges build coral reefs and play crucial roles in the biosphere, yet we know almost nothing about their daily lives. These animals are actually very mobile creatures. However their motion is only detectable at different time scales compared to ours and requires time lapses to be seen.
Make sure you watch the video on a large screen. This clip is displayed in Full HD, yet the source footage (or the whole clip), is available in UltraHD 4k resolution for media productions.
The answer to a common question: yes, colors are "real" and not exaggerated by digital enhancement. We have only applied basic white balance correction. However, we used specialized lights to mimic the underwater ambient spectrum. When photographers use white light (artificial spectrum) on corals, they simply miss the vast majority of colours. Corals have spectrum-sensitive colouration due to fluorescent pigments.
The duration of sequences varied from 20 minutes to 6+ hours.
=== Technical details ===
To make this little clip we took 150000 shots. Why so many? Because macro photography involves shallow depth of field. To extend it, we used focus stacking and deconvolution algorithms. Each frame of the video is actually a stack that consists of 3-12 shots.
Just the intro and the last scene are regular real-time footage. One frame required about 10 minutes of processing time (raw conversion + stacking + deconvolution in some scenes). Unfortunately, the success rate was very low due to copious technical challenges and we spent almost 9 long months to get it right.
Music: Atmostra III by Cedric Baravaglio, Jonathan Ochmann and Zdravko Djordjevic.
Reflections from Uyuni is a Time-lapse short film that shows the intrinsic beauty of the salt flat of Uyuni and the province of Potosí in Bolivia.
The reflections produced by the water flooding the area in the rainy season are the main protagonist of Enrique Pacheco's camera, who invites us to dream with impossible images from another world, where the sky meets the earth forming an infinite mirage.
Its area of over 10.000 km2 makes the salt flat of Uyuni the largest one in the world. It is located in the remote province of Potosi in Bolivia, near the Andes, at an altitude of 3.656 m.
In this remote corner of the Earth, a peculiar natural phenomenon occurs - a thin layer of water gathered on a plain of salt turns it into an other-worldly looking glass mirroring the skies above in perfect symmetry. The eerie calmness of the place makes it all the more supernatural, and takes the observer far beyond the familiar.
LOCATIONS | Arequipa, Chivay, Colca Canyon, Cusco, Huacachina, Ica, Laguna Colorada, La Paz, Lima, Machu Picchu, Puno, Salar de Uyuni, Solar de Manana geysers, Termas de Polques, Valles de Rocas
FOLLOW | facebook.com/TimelapseMediaPL
VISIT | timelapsemedia.com
SHOT & EDIT | Piotr Wancerz
MUSIC | Soundroll - "Mexican song"
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Poklatkowa podróż poprzez Boliwię i Peru. Jeśli masz ochotę teleportować się na krótką chwilę do Ameryki Południowej, po prostu włącz film.
Lokalizacje, które z nami odwiedzisz, to m.in. | Arequipa, Chivay, Colca Canyon, Cusco, Huacachina, Ica, Laguna Colorada, La Paz, Lima, Machu Picchu, Puno, Salar de Uyuni, Solar de Manana geysers, Termas de Polques, Valles de Rocas
MUZYKA | Soundroll - "Mexican song"
ZDJĘCIA I MONTAŻ | Piotr Wancerz
ODWIEDŹ | timelapsemedia.pl
POLUB | facebook.com/TimelapseMediaPL
The world around us never stands still and it is this motion that gives Earth life. Without this movement, our planet could not exist. Simply put, movement breathes life into our world. Few of us have ever stopped to think about the importance of this constant motion — stop to bask in its simplicity and beauty. Far too few of us take a moment to see our universe in motion.
Join me throughout the night and watch the perpetual movement of the skies above and the earth below. Movement is everywhere and at night, it comes alive — from the rotation of the stars, planets and galaxies above to the motion of cars, lights and people in our cities, our world at night dances before our eyes.
Time-lapse photography is a unique tool that can be used to capture this movement. In this short film, I explore how our world is in constant motion and how we move together with it. To help capture this, I used various time-lapse equipment that moves the camera on multiple axises during the shots, adding an additional level of motion to the film.
Working on “Move” has been an incredible experience. It has taken me to some of the most unreal landscapes in the Western United States - it is an adventure I will never forget. The miles hiked, gear broken, sleepless nights and months and months spent shooting and editing this film have given me a new appreciation for time-lapse and I am so grateful to be able to share my work with you.
I was very excited to once again team up with the great Lou Forestieri for the music for “Move”. His musical and artistic genius is second to none and his composition adds a unique flavor to each and every shot. When I asked Lou to write a unique score for this film, he immediately knew exactly what I wanted and wow, what he wrote is simply amazing! His score helps to bring this time-lapse to life.
Locations in this film include:
Ancient Bristlecone National Forest, CA
Antelope Canyon, Page, AZ
Anza Borrego State Park, CA
Big Bear, CA
Big Sur, CA
CARMA and OVRO Radio Observatories, CA
Cascade Mountains, WA
Cochella Valley, CA
Crater Lake National Park, OR
Death Valley National Park, CA
El Matador State Beach, CA
Joshua Tree National Park, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Mount Hood, OR
Mount Wilson, CA
San Francisco, CA
Spouting Horn, Kauai, HI
Tehachapi Wind Farm, Palmdale, CA
The Dalles, OR
Valley of Fire State Park, NV
Yosemite National Park, CA
Canon EOS 6D
Canon EOS 1DX
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon EOS 7D
Rokinon 14mm f2.8
Canon 16-35mm f2.8
Canon 24-105mm f2.8
Rokinon 24mm TS f3.5
Canon 35mm f2
Canon 50mm f1.8
Canon 70-200mm f2.8
Canon 300mm f4
Emotimo TB3 Black 3-Axis Motion Controller
Dynamic Perception Stage-R Pan/Tilt Modular Digital System w/NMX Motion Controller
Dynamic Perception Stage-Zero Slider (3’, 6’ and 12’ lengths)
Adobe After Effects 6
Adobe Lightroom 5
Adobe Photoshop 6
Final Cut Pro X
LR Timelapse 3
Spent a few weeks in Peru, with most of my time in Iquitos and Cusco. Had the BEST time.
But I got really ill with dengue fever in Iquitos which took all my motivation to shoot, but there are a couple shots in there. I found the end quote by chance on my last day in Peru and I felt it needed to be shared.
The True Meaning of Life
We are visitors on this planet.
We are here for ninety
or one hundred years
at the very most.
During that period,
we must try to do something
good, something useful,
with our lives.
If you contribute to other
people’s happiness, you will
find the true goal,
the true meaning of life.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
Thank you for watching and if any travel advice is needed please don't hesitate to ask.
Music by Keith Kenniff - http://www.unseen-music.com