~~March 13, 2015~~
“We live in a world of unseeable beauty, so subtle and delicate that it is imperceptible to the human eye. To bring this invisible world to light, filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg bends the boundaries of time and space with high-speed cameras, time lapses and microscopes.”
At TED 2014, he shares highlights from his latest project, a 3D film titled “Mysteries of the Unseen World,” which slows down, speeds up, and magnifies the astonishing wonders of nature.”
In this TED Talk, Louie Schwartzberg takes the audience on a journey from the largest objects to the smallest atoms by exploring cinematography in three forms: time-lapse, slow motion, and microscopy.
Time-lapse footage allows us to see those things that are too slow for us to notice on a day-to-day basis such as plants moving, mushrooms blooming, and the planet itself changing. A macro view of these things allows us to see life move in a new way.
Slow motion lets us take note of things too fast for our eyes to pick up such as how birds fly and insects move. In particular, Schwartzberg focuses on the magnificent flying abilities of a dragonfly, which is known as “nature’s best flier” because it can hover, fly backwards, and even fly upside down. You’ve probably noticed dragonflies during the summer exhibiting some their flying prowess, but Schwartzberg’s slow motion footage takes an in-depth look at just how these small insects are able to accomplish something that we could only mimic in helicopters in the 1930’s.
Finally, Schwartzberg takes us to the microscopic world, showing us the beauty of worlds too small for us to take notice of. One particularly interesting point in his talk occurs when the camera zooms in on the ant’s leg to reveal yet another smaller creature living on the ant. We rarely take notice of life smaller than ourselves, our pets, and occasionally the insects that disturb us. It’s fascinating to visualize life so minuscule, yet so vital to our own survival. I found this segment of the talk the most fascinating because of it’s uniqueness. It’s not often that you get a chance to dive into this world.
One form of microscopic life that Schwartzberg doesn’t get a chance to dive into is bacteria, which provide the foundation for life on Earth through a myriad of functions including decomposing biological materials, acting as catalysts inside our bodies, and modulating various other functions. It’s estimated that only 5% of all bacteria is harmful to humans, the majority of which can be taken care of through proper hygiene.
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~~Hidden miracles of the natural world~~
~~Published on Apr 9, 2014~~
We live in a world of unseeable beauty, so subtle and delicate that it is imperceptible to the human eye. “Mysteries of the Unseen World,” which slows down, speeds up, and magnifies the astonishing wonders of nature.
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