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Slow Life: A Macro Timelapse of Coral, Sponges and Other Aquatic Organisms Created from 150,000 Photographs

Slow Life: A Macro Timelapse of Coral, Sponges and Other Aquatic Organisms Created from 150,000 Photographs ocean nature macro

Slow Life: A Macro Timelapse of Coral, Sponges and Other Aquatic Organisms Created from 150,000 Photographs ocean nature macro

Slow Life: A Macro Timelapse of Coral, Sponges and Other Aquatic Organisms Created from 150,000 Photographs ocean nature macro

Created by University of Queensland PhD student Daniel Stoupin, this remarkable macro video of coral reefs, sponges and other underwater wildlife, brings a fragile and rarely-seen world into vivid focus. Stoupin shot some 150,000 photographs which he edited down to create the final clip. He shares about the endeavor:

Time lapse cinematography reveals a whole different world full of hypnotic motion and my idea was to make coral reef life more spectacular and thus closer to our awareness. I had a bigger picture in my mind for my clip. But after many months of processing hundreds of thousands of photos and trying to capture various elements of coral and sponge behavior I realized that I have to take it one step at a time. For now, the clip just focuses on beauty of microscopic reef “landscapes.” The close-up patterns and colors of this type of fauna hardly resemble anything from the terrestrial environments. Corals become even less familiar if you consider their daily “activities.”

Stoupin discusses Slow Life as well as the threats to the Great Barrier Reef that inspired him to make the video in a detailed entry over on his blog. (via Kottke)

Gorgeous Macro Photographs of Butterfly and Moth Wings by Linden Gledhill

Gorgeous Macro Photographs of Butterfly and Moth Wings by Linden Gledhill nature moths macro insects butterflies

Gorgeous Macro Photographs of Butterfly and Moth Wings by Linden Gledhill nature moths macro insects butterflies

Gorgeous Macro Photographs of Butterfly and Moth Wings by Linden Gledhill nature moths macro insects butterflies

Gorgeous Macro Photographs of Butterfly and Moth Wings by Linden Gledhill nature moths macro insects butterflies

Gorgeous Macro Photographs of Butterfly and Moth Wings by Linden Gledhill nature moths macro insects butterflies

Gorgeous Macro Photographs of Butterfly and Moth Wings by Linden Gledhill nature moths macro insects butterflies

Gorgeous Macro Photographs of Butterfly and Moth Wings by Linden Gledhill nature moths macro insects butterflies

Gorgeous Macro Photographs of Butterfly and Moth Wings by Linden Gledhill nature moths macro insects butterflies

Gorgeous Macro Photographs of Butterfly and Moth Wings by Linden Gledhill nature moths macro insects butterflies

Gorgeous Macro Photographs of Butterfly and Moth Wings by Linden Gledhill nature moths macro insects butterflies

A biochemist by training, photographer Linden Gledhill is fascinated by the beauty of infinitesimally small aspects of nature and science, from capturing the flight of insects to exploring the beauty of magnetic ferrofluid. Among his most jaw-dropping images are macro photographs of butterfly wings that reveal complex patterns that look like perfectly organized flower petals. These tiny protrusions are actually scales, similar to what you would find on reptile, though extremely small and fragile. Gledhill’s photography recently inspired an episode of Smarter Every Day where Destin Sandlin learns how to shoot similar photos. (via awkwardsituationist.tumblr.com)

The Essence of Sound: Lycopodium Powder on a Subwoofer

The Essence of Sound: Lycopodium Powder on a Subwoofer video art macro audio advertising

In her second experimental clip exploring the effect of sound waves on lycopodium powder, filmmaker Susie Sie just released this new promotional video for high-end audio system manufacturer Burkhardtsmaier. The super fine (and super flammable) powder made of clubmoss spores creates fascinating patterns and forms as it vibrates due to a subwoofer positioned just below the surface. If you liked this you’ll also like her previous short Cymatics.

Beautiful Microscopic Time-lapse Video of Snowflakes Forming

Beautiful Microscopic Time lapse Video of Snowflakes Forming timelapse snow science macro ice

Beautiful Microscopic Time lapse Video of Snowflakes Forming timelapse snow science macro ice

We’ve seen all matter of snow and ice photography here on Colossal, as well as time-lapses of melting snow and snow drawings, but this is the first video individual snowflakes forming I’ve ever come across. Created by filmmaker Vyacheslav Ivanov this microscopic short shows the intimate details of fragile snowflakes as they form in their miraculous hexagonal forms. Robert Gonzalez writing for iO9 gives us an idea of what we’re looking at:

The ice crystal(s) in snowflakes owe their six-fold rotational symmetry to the hydrogen bonds in water molecules. As water freezes, water molecules bound to other water molecules crystallize into a hexagonal structure, where each point on the hexagon is an oxygen atom and each side of the hexagon is a hydrogen bonded to an oxygen. As freezing continues, more water molecules are added to this microscopic six-sided structure, causing it to grow in size into the six-sided macroscopic structure that we recognize as snowflakes.

We have a line into Ivanov to see how he filmed this and will update as soon as we hear something. Music by Aphex Twin.

(via Kuriositas, PetaPixel, i09)

Update: Ivanov confirms from his home in St. Petersburg that the video is indeed genuine (non digital) and was filmed through a microscope with a “lot of effort and patience.”

Eye of the Spider: Hypnotizing Macro Photos of Exotic Spiders Staring Directly into Your Mind

Eye of the Spider: Hypnotizing Macro Photos of Exotic Spiders Staring Directly into Your Mind spiders macro

Eye of the Spider: Hypnotizing Macro Photos of Exotic Spiders Staring Directly into Your Mind spiders macro

Eye of the Spider: Hypnotizing Macro Photos of Exotic Spiders Staring Directly into Your Mind spiders macro

Eye of the Spider: Hypnotizing Macro Photos of Exotic Spiders Staring Directly into Your Mind spiders macro

Eye of the Spider: Hypnotizing Macro Photos of Exotic Spiders Staring Directly into Your Mind spiders macro

Eye of the Spider: Hypnotizing Macro Photos of Exotic Spiders Staring Directly into Your Mind spiders macro

Eye of the Spider: Hypnotizing Macro Photos of Exotic Spiders Staring Directly into Your Mind spiders macro

Eye of the Spider: Hypnotizing Macro Photos of Exotic Spiders Staring Directly into Your Mind spiders macro

Eye of the Spider: Hypnotizing Macro Photos of Exotic Spiders Staring Directly into Your Mind spiders macro

Eye of the Spider: Hypnotizing Macro Photos of Exotic Spiders Staring Directly into Your Mind spiders macro

Eye of the Spider: Hypnotizing Macro Photos of Exotic Spiders Staring Directly into Your Mind spiders macro

Like hairy aliens from another planet, these tiny spiders seem to stare with giant, all-knowing eyes into your very soul. Whether they possess otherworldly secrets or a desire to attack your face is open to interpretation. Regardless, photographer Jimmy Kong has done an incredible job capturing these intimate moments with diverse arthropods found in his native Malaysia. What you see here is just a taste of his macro work that also involves insects, reptiles and other creepy crawly things. See more on Flickr. (via the Colossal Flickr Pool)

All You Can Feel: Images of Recreational Drugs Exposed to Film Negatives by Sarah Schoenfeld

All You Can Feel: Images of Recreational Drugs Exposed to Film Negatives by Sarah Schoenfeld macro drugs
Cocaine

All You Can Feel: Images of Recreational Drugs Exposed to Film Negatives by Sarah Schoenfeld macro drugs
Caffeine

All You Can Feel: Images of Recreational Drugs Exposed to Film Negatives by Sarah Schoenfeld macro drugs
Crystal Meth

All You Can Feel: Images of Recreational Drugs Exposed to Film Negatives by Sarah Schoenfeld macro drugs
Ecstasy

All You Can Feel: Images of Recreational Drugs Exposed to Film Negatives by Sarah Schoenfeld macro drugs
Adrenaline

All You Can Feel: Images of Recreational Drugs Exposed to Film Negatives by Sarah Schoenfeld macro drugs
Heroin

All You Can Feel: Images of Recreational Drugs Exposed to Film Negatives by Sarah Schoenfeld macro drugs
Ketamine

All You Can Feel: Images of Recreational Drugs Exposed to Film Negatives by Sarah Schoenfeld macro drugs
Ketamine

All You Can Feel: Images of Recreational Drugs Exposed to Film Negatives by Sarah Schoenfeld macro drugs
LSD

All You Can Feel: Images of Recreational Drugs Exposed to Film Negatives by Sarah Schoenfeld macro drugs
Magic

All You Can Feel: Images of Recreational Drugs Exposed to Film Negatives by Sarah Schoenfeld macro drugs
Orphiril

All You Can Feel: Images of Recreational Drugs Exposed to Film Negatives by Sarah Schoenfeld macro drugs
Speed

All You Can Feel: Images of Recreational Drugs Exposed to Film Negatives by Sarah Schoenfeld macro drugs Speed + Magic

All You Can Feel: Images of Recreational Drugs Exposed to Film Negatives by Sarah Schoenfeld macro drugs
Valium

Whether you’ve tried mind-altering substances or not one thing remains true: we all have an idea of what a drug feels like, be it imagined, anecdotal, or from direct exposure. So what might the effect of a drug look like? That was the question asked by artist Sarah Schoenfeld who had ample exposure to the realities of drugs while working in a Berlin nightclub. To answer the question she converted her photography studio into a laboratory and exposed legal and illegal liquid drug mixtures to film negatives. The resulting chemical reactions were then greatly magnified into large prints to form a body of work titled All You Can Feel.

These final, otherworldly images of heroin, cocaine, MDMA, and other substances explore a relationship between photography, alchemy, pharmacy and psychology. One can’t help but draw parallels between Schoenfeld’s photos and the perceived effects of various narcotics, be it the sharp, electrified ball of Ketamine or the cold, isolated sphere of LSD, while others look like unstable tectonic plates, a continent on the verge of destruction.

All You Can Feel is now available as a book through Kerber Press, and a collection of images were on view as part of a group show, It Is Only A State of Mind at Heidelberger Kunstverein in Heidelberg through February 2, 2014. You can also read an interview with Schoenfeld over on Kaltblut. If you liked this, also check out Vanishing Spirits by Ernie Button. (via It’s Nice That)

Macro Bee Portraits by Sam Droege and the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab

Macro Bee Portraits by Sam Droege and the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab macro insects bees
Courtesy Sam Droege / USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab

Macro Bee Portraits by Sam Droege and the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab macro insects bees
Courtesy Sam Droege / USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab

Macro Bee Portraits by Sam Droege and the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab macro insects bees
Courtesy Sam Droege / USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab

Macro Bee Portraits by Sam Droege and the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab macro insects bees
Courtesy Sam Droege / USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab

Macro Bee Portraits by Sam Droege and the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab macro insects bees
Courtesy Sam Droege / USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab

Macro Bee Portraits by Sam Droege and the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab macro insects bees
Courtesy Sam Droege / USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab

Macro Bee Portraits by Sam Droege and the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab macro insects bees
Courtesy Sam Droege / USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab

Macro Bee Portraits by Sam Droege and the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab macro insects bees
Courtesy Sam Droege / USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab

Macro Bee Portraits by Sam Droege and the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab macro insects bees
Courtesy Sam Droege / USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab

Macro Bee Portraits by Sam Droege and the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab macro insects bees
Courtesy Sam Droege / USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab

Sam Droege is the head of the USGS Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Program in Maryland, an organization that monitors the health and habitat of bees in the U.S. as well as creating archival reference catalogs that aid researchers in the identification of bee species in North America. The project is no small task as there are literally thousands of bee species in the U.S., some of which vary in only the most minute ways that may not even be distinguishable to the naked eye.

To aid in the identification process the USGS Bee Inventory relies on extremely high resolution photography, an initiative led by Droege that has been ongoing since 2010. Droege’s macro photos of bees are so clear and well executed that they practically pass as works of art in their own right. He shares with Flickr:

“When we started looking at these pictures, I just wanted to gaze at these shots for long periods of time,” Sam says. “I had seen these insects for many years, but the level of detail was incredible. The fact that everything was focused, the beauty and the arrangement of the insects themselves — the ratios of the eyes, the golden means, the french curves of the body, and the colors that would slide very naturally from one shade to another were just beautiful! It was the kind of thing that we could not achieve at the highest level of art.”

You can see many more of these bee portraits (as well as photos of other insects and even animals) over on Flickr. (via Daring Fireball, Flickr)

Animal Earth: New Photos Exploring the Diversity of the World’s Most Obscure Species

Animal Earth: New Photos Exploring the Diversity of the Worlds Most Obscure Species science nature macro
Segmentation, a distinguishing feature of the annelids is clearly visible here. Photo by Alexander Semenov.

Animal Earth: New Photos Exploring the Diversity of the Worlds Most Obscure Species science nature macro
Nudibranchs, together with a huge variety of other marine molluscs, are commonly known as sea slugs (Coryphella polaris). Photo by Alexander Semenov.

Animal Earth: New Photos Exploring the Diversity of the Worlds Most Obscure Species science nature macro
Many tube-dwelling polychaetes have elaborate, colourful tentacles for filter feeding and gas exchange. The funnel-shaped structure (operculum) seals the tube when the animal retreats inside (unidentified serpulid). Photo by Alexander Semenov.

Animal Earth: New Photos Exploring the Diversity of the Worlds Most Obscure Species science nature macro
The compound eyes of a cynipid wasp (unidentified species). Some insects have simple eyes in addition to compound eyes, three of which can be seen on the top of this wasp’s head. Photo by Tomas Rak.

Animal Earth: New Photos Exploring the Diversity of the Worlds Most Obscure Species science nature macro
The spherical test and impressive spines of a sea urchin. Coelopleurus floridanus. The mobile spines offer protection from predators. Since this species lives in relatively deep water, the purpose of the bright pigments in the skin and underlying skeleton is unknown. Photo by Arthur Anker.

Animal Earth: New Photos Exploring the Diversity of the Worlds Most Obscure Species science nature macro
A jellyfish (Bougainvillia superciliris) with a hitchhiking amphipod (Hyperia galba). Photo by Alexander Semenov.

Animal Earth: New Photos Exploring the Diversity of the Worlds Most Obscure Species science nature macro
In the cnidarians, what looks like a single individual is often a colony of polyps with specialized functions. In this floating colony (Porpita sp.) there are polyps for providing buoyancy, feeding (tentacles), digestion and reproduction. Photo by Arthur Anker.

Animal Earth: New Photos Exploring the Diversity of the Worlds Most Obscure Species science nature macro
The colors and patterns of the sea slugs warn predators of their toxicity. This nudibranch is Chromodoris annulata. Photo by Arthur Anker.

Animal Earth: New Photos Exploring the Diversity of the Worlds Most Obscure Species science nature macro
A sea angel, Clione limacine. In this image the grasping tentacles and chitinous hooks are retracted. Photo by Alexander Semenov.

We’ve all grown up learning about familiar animals like fish, tigers, elephants and bears, but this new book from Ross Piper takes the opposite approach: exploring the diversity in size, shape and color of the world’s most obscure and rarely seen organisms. With photography from Alexander Semenov, Arthur Anker, and other animal specialists and researchers, the 320-page Animal Earth promises to open your eyes to a variey of truly bizarre species from deepest oceans and the most adverse climates. The book is set to be published mid-November from Thames & Hudson.

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