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Spotlight: Slow-Mo Standouts for August

By David Schonauer   Wednesday August 28, 2019


August is a time when it pays to move slow.

And today we feature some very slow-moving people — in New York City, no less. You have probably never seen New Yorkers move at this pace. In fact, they don’t seem to be moving at all

Filmmaker Glen Vivaris captured life in the very slow lane while traveling by car through the streets of the city. And all he used was a smartphone — specifically a Galaxy S10, shooting at 960 frames per second.

Vivaris aimed the smartphone out the window of his car and shot with its Super Slow-mo mode. “The car was actually moving really fast in comparison to the people,” Vivaris wrote at Reddit. “If you were to play it normal speed, the car just zips by in a split second. It’s similar to how they shot the explosion behind Quicksilver in X-Men Apocalypse.”

Many viewers were quick to notice that this effect has been done “countless times,” noted DIY Photography, adding, however, that until recently it was impossible to do something like this using nothing but a smartphone. “No high-speed camera, no professional rig — just the filmmaker and his phone,” noted DIYP.

At any rate, thanks to Vivaris we can examine the hectic life in New York City seemingly brought to a standstill.

“For similar work, check out the Stainless series by photographer Adam Magyar, who rode subway trains around the world with a high-speed camera in tow to create shots of people frozen on platforms,” added PetaPixel.

Meanwhile, you can view ants injecting venom in slow motion. Dr. Adrian Smith of the Evolutionary Biology & Behavior Research Lab at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences was researching ant stingers and ended up creating the first-ever close-up look at how their stingers really work. How close up? Consider that ant stingers are slimmer than the width of a human hair.

“After biting down on their target to secure themselves, the insects swing their abdomens forward to get their stingers in place,” notes Science. “Not all species have stingers (some spray toxic acid), but the feature—passed down from an ancient wasp ancestor—is more common than not.”

Smith accomplished this feat by laying out out a thin wax film for two species of ants (the trap-jaw ant and the Florida harvester ant) to puncture with their stingers. He shot them with a macro lens and a high-speed camera at 1,000 frames per second.

Smith’s film shows a level of detail that is both scientifically enlightening and just plain cool to watch, praises PetaPixel.

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