Cinemagraphs are still photographs in which a minor and repeated movement occurs. Cinemagraphs, which are usually published in an animated GIF format, can give the illusion that the viewer is watching a video.
The term “cinemagraph” was coined by U.S. photographers Kevin Burg and Jamie Beck, who used the technique to animate their fashion and news photographs beginning in early 2011. A cinemagraph is an image that contains in itself a glimpse of the moment at that time which helps us to know that what actually the scene was.
These images are commonly produced by taking a series of photographs or a video recording, and, using image editing software, com-positing the photographs or the video frames into a loop of sequential frames, often using the animated GIF file format in such a manner that motion in part of the subject between exposures is perceived as a repeating or continued motion, in contrast with the stillness of the rest of the image.
While some of Kevin Burg and Jamie Beck’s images tend towards kitsch, featuring clicks like long hair rustling in the breeze, or wine pouring from a bottle, the duo has also produced several shots of startling beauty: A single newspaper page rustles in a frozen park. The reflection of a taxicab glides like a ghost across a window.
A beautiful woman suddenly seems to catch you staring at her. Have a look at these pictures and enjoy the beauty of photographs with motion.