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Mesmerizing Timelapse “Slow Life” by Daniel Stoupin

Posted on April 5, 2014 in Photography

Mesmerizing Timelapse “Slow Life” by Daniel Stoupin

I’m a big sucker when it comes to time-lapse videos, especially ones that are macro. Take a look at this video below that was shot by¬†Daniel Stoupin, who spent 9 months making putting it all together. Due to the fact that this is macro photography, each frame in the video consists of 3-12 photos, using a method call “focus stacking” to get the depth of field that’s not very shallow. I can only imagine the amount of work that was put into this. Mind = blown!

To make this little clip I took 150000 shots. Why so many? Because macro photography involves shallow depth of field. 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. Just the intro and last scene are regular real-time footage. One frame required about 10 minutes of processing time (raw conversion + stacking). Unfortunately, the success rate was very low due to copious technical challenges and I spent almost 9 long months just to learn how to make these kinds of videos and understand how to work with these delicate creatures.

– Canon 7D (died at the beginning of the project as I had overused it in my research), Canon 5d Mkiii (90% of footage is done with it)
– Canon MP-E 65 mm lens
– adjustable custom-spectrum lamps (3 different models)
– several motorized stages including StackShot for focus stacking
– multiple computers to process thousands of 22+ Mpx raw images and perform focus stacking (an old laptop died on that mission after 3 weeks of continuous processing).


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