Monday Archives: Bubble Vision Is Back With Some Amazing Reef Macrophotography

by | Aug 22, 2022 | Reefs in Art, Video | 6 comments

The nature documentaries of Nick Hope (AKA Bubble Vision) are some of the finest ever made on coral reef ecosystems and should be considered mandatory viewing for anyone with a serious interest in the subject. His feature-length films, Reef Life of the Andaman and Murky Secrets, combine gorgeous cinematography with insightful and scientifically informative narration. Now, after an interminably long hiatus, he’s finally back at it again with a stunning new short film that features some of the most impressive up-close images of reef life ever seen.

Filmed at the Lembeh Straits in Northern Sulawesi and Anilao in the Philippines, “Saturation” is a five-minute journey exploring the colors, textures and motion of the Coral Triangle’s immense marine biodiversity. With his preternaturally steady camera, the microscopic level of detail on display is simply astounding. Everything from the scales of a lionfish to the ommatidia of a mantis shrimp’s rotating eyes are captured in perfect clarity.

The stars here are the various invertebrates which call the reef home. There are no cliched scenes of shark feeding frenzies or clownfishes swimming among anemone tentacles; instead, we are treated to reef scenes that are seldom witnessed. Colonial sea squirts respiring… nudibranchs extending their rhinophores and wiggling their gills… a Halimeda crab grooming itself… and a Green Ascidian Shrimp (Periclemenaeus storchi) cozied up deep within its host. This is the reef as living art.

  • Joe Rowlett

    Joe is classically trained in the zoological arts and sciences, with a particular focus on the esoterica of invertebrate taxonomy and evolution. He’s written for several aquarium publications and for many years lorded over the marinelife at Chicago’s venerable Old Town Aquarium. He currently studies prairie insect ecology at the Field Museum of Natural History and fish phylogenetics at the University of Chicago.

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  1. Bubble Vision

    Thank you for sharing and for the kind words.

    • Joe Fish

      Hope to see more of these amazing films! 🙂

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    The reefs of Northwest Australia are home to one of the most uncommonly seen of the tomato clownfishes, A. rubrocinctus.

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