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STREAM: The Genesis of A Tiny Universe | Exploring Macro Cinematography

By Hanssie on May 8th 2015

Stream-1It was a rainy day in my 7th-grade science class and on rainy days, we did one of two things – played Heads Up, Seven Up or watched a video. On this gloomy day, the pick was video and it was about the microscopic universe that existed around us. I watched in growing horror as a microscope magnified the bacteria that lived on our skin, in our beds, our carpets…all around. For a germaphobe who carried Hand sanitizer before it was trendy, it was almost too much to handle.

Seeing some of the images come in for our current photo contest (the theme is macro photography) brings me back to the microscopic images from that video and this Vimeo Staff Pick does as well. Called, “STREAM – Explore the Unseen,” Roman De Giuli, German photographer and videographer explores macro cinematography by dropping oil, water, and ink onto a glass plate the size of a coin and magnified them in glorious 4K resolution.



It’s a fun and simple science experiment that, when magnified creates beautiful and mesmerizing footage naked to the human eye. The droplets float about toward you, almost in 3D, busily swimming toward their destination. Using “very bright LED lights” and a 1:1 macro lens, De Giuli spent about 70 hours of shooting for this 5 minute clip. In post, he only made some slight edits and color correction, no CGI or special effects added.  De Guili wanted to “capture pictures with an organic, non-generated character, establishing a truly reliable cosmos” before it all dissipated under the microscope of his gear (as follows):

Panasonic GH4
Canon FD 100 mm Macro
Canon FD 50 mm Macro
Canon FD 35 mm
Canon FD 50 mm
Metabones Speedbooster
Edelkrone Slider Plus Pro
Edelkrone Action Module
Manfrotto 535MPRO
Manfrotto 504HD
Manfrotto 701HDV
2 LED Light Panels

De Guili’s website is called Terracollage and he works on “experimental CGI,” in an effort to combine the technical with the creative. To see more of his work, check out his website here.

[Via Roman De Giuli on Vimeo.]

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Kurk Rouse

    When you are able to combine your love for photography/video with the love for something else you get special stuff like this.

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  2. Tim Buerck

    Very cool!

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  3. Peter Nord

    Maybe after I get my cataracts fixed, I’ll be able to see what I typed. sounds, indeed!

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  4. Peter Nord

    What fun the sounds effects are.

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  5. Ed Rhodes


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