In 2013, National Geographic investigated the world around us in nano scale in the film, Mysteries of the Unseen World. This documentary is offered now on Netflix and is a must-see for the family, especially those who hold an interest in photography.
True to the National Geographic traditional photography magic, this remarkable film takes viewers into the world beyond our vision, introducing us to the things that are too slow, too fast or too small to witness with the naked eye.
Lightning bolts shoot through a midnight sky, sparking energy through the atmosphere. With special camera effects, we find that lightning shoots from the ground as well as from the sky. Mysteries of the Unseen World documents these bolts as they shoot upward and downward simultaneously.
Watching a dragonfly on a warm summer’s day is not uncommon. However, with photography know-how, we see the four wings of a dragonfly moving in different directions all at once. Flowers bloom with time-lapse photography that was introduced by John Nash Ott. Ott was a photographer and cinematographer who gave the world time-lapse photography and full-spectrum lighting to capture nature at its finest.
With a compound microscope, we can see the beautiful blue butterfly up close, noting the wing design and reflections of a brilliant blue color. But what is it that makes up the shimmering blue color? A scanning electron microscope takes us into the particles that lie underneath the top layers of the wing in this film. The scanning electron microscope produces images of the butterfly by scanning it with a beam of electrons. Because of this technology, we see the butterfly hosts spectacular panel of scales that reflect only the blue coloration. Only nature can create something so awesome and spectacular and this film allows us to view it on a nano scale.
We can see the eye of a fruit fly, shark skin closer than we ever thought possible and even a snail’s tongue. The air we breathe on a daily basis is home to floating animal hair, bits and pieces of insects and microscopic sections of the approximate 300 tons of space dust that falls to the earth each year.
The microscopic and nano world National Geographic displays in the film Mysteries of the Unseen World delves into the surrounding environment, documents it like only National Geographic can do and allows us to gain a better understanding of the mysteries that nature provides.
Mysteries of the Unseen World is a wonderful documentary, a testament actually, to how little the layman actually understands about the environment we live in. Anyone who loves photography will enjoy this film. National Geographic is known for the outstanding photographs and films it produces and Mysteries of the Unseen World lives up to that fame.