Umwelt Is Like Absolutely Nothing You Have Ever Seen Before

by Bret Hoy3 Comments

Umwelt is a short film like none that you’ve ever seen before. I’m very confident in that.

Well executed timelapses have a hypnotic quality—a fluid rhythm that isn’t like anything else. Achieving that feel is not easy and takes lots of  time consuming experience. There are so many variables that you can throw into the mix, none more complicated and difficult than the flower bloom timelapses.

Japanese Artist Yoshiyuki Katayama has captured every bit of that hypnotic, fluid rhythm with this series of timelapses, “Umwelt”– and then does something crazy on top of that.

Somehow, using post-processing techniques that I’m unable to describe, Katayama has created these bloom timelapses, all while having insects crawl on them, as if in real time. There’s absolutely nothing like it that I’ve ever seen. It’s the definition of serenity.

What makes Umwelt even more special is the second video and angle captured. The beetle climbing up the stalk of a blooming flower captures such a wide range of memories within me. Umwelt is something that’s uniquely special among timelapse photography.



Artist Captures Insects Crawling on Flowers as They Bloom in Timelapse

Via PetaPixel:

Katayama no doubt relied on some creative editing or camera technique to blend these two forms of videography, but thus far he has stayed quiet about how exactly it was done. Let us know if you have any ideas.

And if you want to learn or see more, the artist created this website where you can watch a few more insect/flower pairs interact, accompanied by their scientific names.

Read full article at PetaPixel “Artist Captures Insects Crawling on Flowers as They Bloom in Timelapse”

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(cover photo credit: snap from video)


  1. Read about it on Gizmodo last week. In the comments someone mentioned the likely method was cold air and warm light. The flowers react to the light (5600K?) and the bugs are much slower with the cold air. Kinda makes sense seeing how seamless the flowers and bugs are.

  2. Looks like he shot the insect pieces first, then the timelapse, then tracked usable sections of the insect stuff (which he may have time stretched) onto the timelapse footage. It’s a neat job but certainly not beyond a good compositor/fx person. The lighting is pretty much always a very controlled fixed set up for plant timelapse so could easily have been used for both sections. You’d need hi res, good focus, and enough time, and some experimentation before you got as good s result. I’ve worked on commercials for 20 years and though I’m not 100% certain this is how it was done, I’m pretty sure going the route I suggest could yield a fairly similar and convincing result.

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