Photography is passion. It is about patience to capture the perfect moment. Underwater photography is another thing. Sometimes you may spend 20 years underwater to capture microscopic plankton. At least, this is what Ryo Minemizu, a Japanese underwater photographer did.
Throughout his career, Minemizu dedicated himself to capture the perfect shot of this super small sea organism. For 20 years, he tried to capture the smallest plankton in Osezaki sea.
To capture the perfect moment, he spends hours underwater. While sometimes he was underwater for 2 hours, in some days he spends more than 8 hours. This plankton is tiny and the largest of this species is 40 mm. And the smallest can be as small as 2 mm.
To capture a microscopic plankton with 2 mm to 40 mm length, Japanese photographer spends almost 20 years.
Ryo Minemizu, an underground photographer, spend 2-8 hours per day to take the photo of this tiny sea organism.
Minemizu developed his own photography technique to work this small plankton.
He also dived during the night to capture the best moments to the larval stage of the plankton.
Japanese photographer wanted to show these beautiful organisms to people around the world.
He believed that these tiny organisms showed us our valuable life and life can exist in the smallest form.
Although taking a photograph of a plankton and larval formation is challenging, the results are magical.
Colors and texture of this sea creature reflect an amazing life form.
These photographs show even the smallest detail of the plankton.
From transparent body to antennas and legs, every colors and detail of these planktons are visible.
Even though these organisms are at the lowest level of the food chain, they are extremely valuable to sustain our life.
Minemixu tried to show this vitality by capturing different forms.