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Eerily Beautiful Macro Timelapse of Different Pills Dissolving in Water


Amazing photography subjects are everywhere, and if you don’t believe us, look no further than this gorgeous macro photography timelapse of pain killers, vitamins, and other over-the-counter pills dissolving in water.

The timelapse was created by 27-year-old Tel-Aviv-based photographer Ben Ouaniche, who has started an entire YouTube channel called The Macro Room dedicated to this kind of content.

“I love macro photography, timelapses and anything that combines creativity and complex technical tools to create unique frames that aren’t possible to be seen with the naked eye,” Ben tells PetaPixel. “In this video I used macro lenses, moving timelapse controller and a variety of homemade tools to expose the beauty behind the process of dissolving pills.”

His setup wasn’t anything out-of-this-world intricate or complicated.

“I used 2 macro lenses, Canon MP-E 65 for the closest range shots, Canon 100mm L for the medium range, and Canon 50mm 1.4 for the surrounding shots,” explains Ben. “In some shots I also used the Genie timelapse controller to spin the base of the pills tank while the camera stood still, this technique adds real motion and reveals a deeper view of the scene.”



Don’t let the “simple” setup fool you though, this took just as much patience as any other timelapse endeavor. Ben tells us that most of the shots took over 10 hours of timelapse recording and caused “a steep learning curve” for him.

“In some cases I had to gradually heat the water after a period of time to fully dissolve the pills without interfering with the first thin layer,” he says, describing one of the challenges he faced. “The timelapse movement, light changes and the very sensitive macro environment were only a few of the factors that made this project very time consuming and challenged me to find creative solutions.”

In the end, though, it was all worth it. The movement from the Genie controller helps give the timelapse more umph, and some of the dissolving pills are truly mesmerizing… when you don’t have to wait 10 hours to watch them dissolve, of course.



As we mentioned above, this video is part of Ben’s macro YouTube channel called The Macro Room, so if you want to see more, definitely head over and subscribe. There are only two videos on there right now, but given the quality of the first two, we can’t wait to see what Ben comes up with next!

Image credits: All photographs by Ben Ouaniche and used with permission.