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Stunning Macro Footage of ‘Miniature Planets’ Made of Paint, Oil, Ink, and Soap


Using an 8K RED camera and two macro lenses, video artist Thomas Blanchard recently captured an entire solar system’s worth of “mini planets” made of paint, oil, ink and soap in excruciating detail. The resulting footage is absolutely stunning.

Admittedly, the word “stunning” is overused, but in this case it applies. The dreamlike video that Blanchard created in collaboration with Greenlight Films is just the latest in a series of colorful and experimental imagery that he’s captured in the past, but it’s probably the cleanest and most detailed piece of visual art we’ve seen from him yet.

To achieve this level of detail he shot the whole thing in 8K on a $25,000 RED Helium camera using a Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro and a Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5X Macro, and then edited the final product down to 4K resolution. The results speak for themselves. Watch the full video above, and then head over to Blanchard’s website to see some high-res stills from the production.

(via Laughing Squid)