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Macro Footage of the 11 Elements that Make up 99.9% of Your Body

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In honor of The International Year of the Periodic Table, the scientists behind the Beauty of Science project set out to capture the 11 chemical elements that make up 99% of your body in the most artistic way possible.

Using a Panasonic GH5 with an Atomos Ninja V for the cleanest possible footage, the new Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro lens to get as close as possible, and Edelkrone products for artistic camera movement, they were able to get even closer than their previous films. The resulting macro footage and photographs shows off all 11 elements in a level of detail few have ever seen before—a beautiful combination of science and art:

Oxygen – 65%

Carbon – 18.5%

Hydrogen – 9.5%

Nitrogen – 3.2%

Calcium – 1.5%

Phosphorus – 1.0%

Potassium – 0.4%

Sulfur – 0.3%

Sodium – 0.2%

Chlorine – 0.2%

Magnesium – 0.2%

To see more from the Beauty of Science and their project Envisioning Chemistry, head over to the Envisioning Chemistry website or follow Beauty of Science on Vimeo.


Credits: Photos and video by Yan Liang/Beauty of Science, used with permission.

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