In this time-lapse titled "Coral Colors," a diverse array of coral species contract and react to external stimuli in a psychedelic display that will appeal to both the fine art world and the scientific community. The artist behind the short film, NNtonio Rod, writes that he was attempting to showcase the "movement and the enormous chromatic beauty of corals."

Considering corals are relatively stationary creatures, you might think photographing them would be simple. However, because this isa macro time-lapse, the shots were more difficult to execute than you might think.

"The many challenges I [faced] included creating a controlled environment to record corals, the lighting, mastering the technique with macro lens, the movement and water particles in suspension," the artist explains. "Not to mention that corals are living animals and as such I couldn't fully control their movements or their lack of movement."

Despite the level of difficulty, it's safe to say the finished product is worth a round of applause.

A few of the gorgeous species spotlighted in the short film include the flower pot coral (Goniopora), whisker coral (Duncanopsammia), pearl bubble coral (Physogyra) and brain coral (Trachyphyllia).

Continue below for a look at some stills pulled from the video:

Stills from "Coral Colors"
Stills from "Coral Colors" (Photo: NNtonio Rod)

Catie Leary ( @catieleary ) writes about science, travel, animals and the arts.