Video Slow Mo: Paul Kroeker’s “Last Moments of Life”

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Last Moments Of Life from Paul Kroeker on Vimeo.

If you love checking out great slow mo videos, you may have already seen Paul’s previous video, Wavy Gravy. If not, do yourself a favor and click the link.

And here’s Paul’s latest, shot this past weekend on the shores of Lake Winnipeg – footage displaying incredibly intricate detail of a dying dragonfly he found on his deck. It includes interesting narrative and POV sequences.

Paul says:

Recently I took some much needed time off to get out of the city and unwind. I spend most of time behind a camera or hunched in front of my iMac so I really wanted to get down with nature and get some balance back in my life. I went up to my family’s cottage on Lake Winnipeg (one of the world’s largest freshwater lakes) and I witnessed something pretty amazing…and of course, I had to film it! Funny how I went out to relax and ended up giving myself more work! But I find this type of work so rewarding and so relevant. Hopefully it has an effect on the observer.

Here’s a little trivia to accompany the video:

  • Mosquitoes are so common near Lake Winnipeg, they are affectionately known as the province’s national bird.
  • Rather than spraying against the mosquito invasion, the Canadians imported truckloads of dragonflies into Manitoba to combat them.
  • We Aussies also have lots of mosquitoes, and call them “mozzies”.
  • The footage was shot with a 100mm Macro 2.8 lens, mostly at 2.8 shooting very high shutter.
  • In the Vimeo comments, several people confessed to being moved to tears by the video.
  • The soundtrack was composed by Gustavo Santaolalla, and is from the Babel Soundtrack ‏

If you loved the video or hate mozzies, let us know why in the comments.

  • enGMzizo

    I used to kill these things when i was small !