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Spotlight: Sunny Sunflowers, Carnivorous Plants, and a Singapore Timelapse

By David Schonauer   Tuesday December 21, 2021


What kinds of plants do you prefer?

Today’s roundup of exceptional video projects features two kinds.

The first comes from photographer Neil Bromhall, who creates astonishing timelapses of plants growing and blooming. (Go here to see his YouTube channel.) Bromhall’s latest work, below, is a video (actually, two one-minute videos) that captures a sunflower opening over the course of 10 days.

Bromhall uses a Nikon D500 DSLR to photograph subject in his studio. “Often he will set up two different cameras to get both close and wide views of his subjects, giving him two perspectives he can alternate between when editing a sequence,” notes PetaPixel. Bromball notes that he uses studio flash to get an even exposure throughout the day and night. “Each pulse of rings of stamens opening takes a day” to capture, he writes.

A special note of appreciation should also go to the “laid back” guitar of musician Kevin MacLeod, which, Bromhall notes, he licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

The plants featured in Bromhall’s timelapses are grown in a blackened, windowless studio with a grow light serving as artificial sunlight, notes PetaPixel.

“Plants require periods of day and night for photosynthesis and to stimulate the flowers and leaves to open,” Bromhall tells PP. “I use heaters or coolers and humidifiers to control the studio condition for humidity and temperature. You basically want to recreate the growing conditions where the plants naturally thrive.”

Meanwhile, if you prefer carnivorous plants, you’ll enjoy French artist Thomas Blanchard’s new video. Titled -N- Uprising The Green Reapers, the macro film (which Blanchard calls “experimental”) mixes together 8K video of insects and 8K timelapses of carnivorous plants. The  insects were shot with a RED Helium 8K camera, while the plants were shot with a Canon EOS 5DS R DSLR, notes DIY Photography.

The video required four months of work. “When Blanchard planned his project, he started with the lengthiest part of the process: the timelapses of the plants, which he says are more difficult than similar clips that feature flowers. He says that the difficulty is because it takes at least a week to see the evolution of growing carnivorous plants. For these shots, Blanchard set his camera to take a photo every seven minutes for three months,” adds PetaPixel.

For those of you who are missing travel, we also include a hyperlapse of Singapore (shot before the pandemic) from photographer Kirill Neiezhmakov. He has been creating award-winning work like this for the past decade — in 2017 we spotlighted his hyperlapse of Astana, the capital city of Kazakhstan.

To shoot the sequences for his Singapore video, Kirill used four cameras, including a pair of Canon EOS 60D DSLRs, along with a Canon EOS 70D DSLR and a Canon EOS R mirrorless camera, notes DIY Photography. He used an array of lenses, including a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8, a Canon 17-55mm f/2.8, a Canon 70-200mm f/4L, a Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L, a Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L, a Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L, and the Samyang 8mm fisheye.

“The first thing Neiezhmakov did was make a list of the main popular places in Singapore and collect some photos of them. Then, he determined what angle would work best for his composition and what time of day would bring the best results,” adds PetaPixel.
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At top: From Thomas Blanchard's -N- Uprising ‘The Green Reapers


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