When slow things move quickly— a marvelous underwater timelapse of a coral reef

When slow things move quickly— a marvelous underwater timelapse of a coral reef

Photographer Daniel Stoupin captured the brilliant colors and captivating movements of underwater coral and sponges. Often thought to be stationary because their movements are so slow, Stoupin explains that a time-lapse is necessary to reveal the day-to-day lives of these mysterious marine creatures.

The three and a half minute video is composed of 150,000 photographs. “Macro photography involves shallow depth of field,” said Stoupin. “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.”

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