The Amazing Macro Shots of BBC's Life

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We've covered Life, BBC's just-as-jaw-dropping follow-up to Planet Earth, a few times before. Mike Gunton, the program's executive producer, offers more insight into how they made nature look so incredible.


In this clip, Gunton explains some of the cutting-edge technology that is instrumental to capturing nature in such an impressive fashion. In addition to the advances in time lapse high-speed, and low-light photography, Gunton mentions the development of the "Heligimbal," a stabilized mount which allows photographers to fill an entire frame with action from over a kilometer away.

On the advances in macro photography, Gunton notes: "[There are] such advances that actually you don't really feel like you're in a miniature world anymore. So, for example, when you're with a column of ants on the march, it feels like you're with a herd of wildebeests on the migration...Emotionally what that'll do is it'll make you feel like you're really part of their lives"

Mike Gunton will be speaking at the Entertainment Gathering conference in Monterey, California, next week.




Another MUST SEE film , along these lines, is Baraka. It's one of the few blu-ray movies I own. It was filmed in 1992 (which is why most of you probably don't know about it, or have long forgotten about it) on 65mm (IMAX) film and scanned in 8K resolution to blu-ray and DVD. It's filmed in 152 locations (24 countries) and it's AWESOME.