bioluminescence

Posts tagged
with bioluminescence



Photography

Matty Smith’s Photographs Display Vibrant Life Lurking Just Below Sea Level

June 11, 2015

Kate Sierzputowski

“Physalia Physalis” – Bushrangers Bay, NSW Australia

Appropriately titled Over/Under, Matty Smith‘s series showcases the dual environments that exist just above and below sea level. Smith focuses on images right at dusk in order to expose the vibrant colors that shine within the dark waters. Each shot is divided by a wavy strip of ocean just above the center of the photograph. Fish and coral live below the horizon as seagulls and sunsets populate the upper half of the photos.

Tricky photographs to shoot from a technical standpoint, Smith uses a strobe light for the bottom half of the image to ensure that both the animals above and below water are highlighted prominently.

The Australian photographer views each half and half image he captures as a landscape photograph, and prefers environments with depth and attitude over blue sunny skies. Typically Smith scouts his locations via snorkeling expeditions. “For me one of the most wondrous parts of any dive is the moment that the water engulfs my mask as my head slips below the surface,” says Smith. “I think it’s the suspense of the unknown of what lies beneath, the transitional part of moving from one element to the next that feels so magical and the thought of what alien creatures I might encounter.” Many of his photos are available as prints. (via My Modern Met)

_DSC2129 copy

“Smiling Assassin” – American Crocodile, Jardines de la Reina, Cuba

_DSC2498 copy

“A Silky Encounter 1” – Jardines de la Reina, Cuba

_DSC2545 copy

“A Silky Encounter 2” – Jardines de la Reina, Cuba

“Bluebottle Army” – Bluebottle cnidarian, Bushrangers Bay, NSW Australia

303_0007 copy

“Crimson Tide” – Waratah Anemones, Port Kembla, NSW Australia

303_0434 copy

“Ocean Rose” – Bass Point, NSW Australia

304_4777

“A Shock of Blue” – Bushrangers Bay, NSW Australia

DSC_0730-4 copy

“A Splash of Yellow” – Sargassum Seaweed, Bushranger Bay, NSW Australia

 

 

advertisement



Art Design

A Bioluminescent Forest Created with Digital Projection Mapping

January 5, 2015

Christopher Jobson

While we’ve seen many examples of projection mapping on the sides of buildings or other relatively flat surfaces in an attempt to add depth or dimension, it seems photographers and digital artists are getting progressively more innovative as the technology continues to evolve. Last week we saw a commendable dance performance making use of projection mapping, and now photographer Tarek Mawad and animator Friedrich van Schoor just spent six weeks embedded in nature to create Bioluminescent Forest.

The 4-minute short film imagines what various plants, insects, spiderwebs, and mushrooms might look like if they possessed the ability to emit bioluminescent light, creating a strange wonderland of blinking and twinkling organisms. The filmmakers state that everything you see was created live, without any effects added in post-production. You can watch a behind-the-scenes clip here.

 

bio-1

bio-2

bio-3

bio-4

bio-5

bio-6