7 February 2016

Cinemagraph

Obviously, John Gray over at "Going Gently" is a computer whizzkid. Recently, I noticed rather spooky moving pictures in his blog and wondered what the hell was going on! Were my eyes deceiving me? How had John achieved this illusion?

A little bit of investigation and I discovered that these pictures are called "cinemagraphs". It is possible to make your own cinemagraphs if you have the time, patience and right equipment but  that didn't apply to me so instead I went to a website called  cinemagraphs.com where I found the picture at the top of this post.

It's a never ending book. The pages keep turning forever. Turned by an invisible hand or perhaps flicked over by the draught from an open window. But what is written upon them? Is it a diary or maybe just a  handwritten list of items purchased from shops - till receipts carefully copied out ad infinitum. Looking closer, I see it's a passport with stamps recording travel that went on forever and ever. Amen.

22 comments:

  1. Hey! That's just great. When I get some spare time, I'm going to have a look at this...great!

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    1. You could maybe make your profile picture wink at readers!

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  2. Very clever! I'm not sure about the woman on the fashion page whose champagne keeps swilling round the glass without her moving her hand.

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    1. No but what about the pole dancer picture! (cue: lascivious laughter)

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  3. I wonder if that's the same as an animated GIF? I've experimented with those (remember that moving pic of me raking the lawn?) and they're pretty easy to put together if you have the right sequential photos. I've never heard the term cinemagraph, though...

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    1. Never heard of them? Oh dear, I thought you were a member of The Royal Photographic Society Steve! And no - I have no memory of your lawnmower picture but I will look back to find it.

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    3. Steve, that is what you save them as. What you do is take a bit of video and either take out a frame and pop it over the video in a non linear editor then mask out the bit that you want to move, alternatively you can take a still image. Loads of tutorials on the internet but if you get stuck then drop me an email. Flags work well as do blowing hair or clothes. You will need a tripod unless you want to get into image stabilisation in post production and I can virtually guarantee that you you don't.

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  4. It does look though as if a gently breeze is turning the pages doesn't it?

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  5. It's like something out of Harry Potter. Anyway, it looks really good. Will have a look at the page you've linked to now.

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    1. The Fashion ones are rather spooky, I think. Don't know whether they have that effect only on me. But I really like them. Sometimes spooky is good.

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    2. It would be nice to see your spooky avatar shaking her head!

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  6. They are fun, I have made lots over the years. The passport is just the same page and the video bit is saved as a Gif file.

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    1. You make it sound easy Adrian. Show off!

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    2. It is easy, didn't mean to show off maybe a bit. I have always been fascinated by post production whether it be in film or digital. I find it an excellent hobby.

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    3. I find it fascinating, too. Adrian, if you feel like doing something with any of my pictures (like Neil mentioned above in his answer to my comment), I'd love to show that on my blog.

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    4. You would have to take a few seconds of video and send it to me.

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  7. It's the kind of photo that could mesmerize someone. Other than that there's an interesting bit of junk around the book.

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  8. But it's the same page over and over. Very interesting, tho. I don't even know enough to get pictures to my blog without a bunch of trouble so I doubt that I will be able to use this anytime soon. Of course, I always have to remember that any kind of computer stuff is slow and funky when you are on a mountaintop.

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    1. Are you Julie Andrews in disguise?

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