There are many ways to capture Motion in photography; using a quick shutter speed to freeze motion, a longer one to blur motion as well as panning to freeze and blur motion at the same time. There are also cinemagraphs where you can have motion and freeze scene at the same time.
Cinemagraphs are digital photographs with an element of the image moving while the rest of the image is still. The effect works best where two things should be moving in a scene and only one is. Cinemagraphs are made by combining a series of photographs together to create an animation or taking a series of video frames and lopping them together. Either way it creates a picture which is close to the photographs you would see in Harry Potter. You can see how I make my cinemagraphs here.
With this cinemagraph I also wanted to make the glass and liquid to stand out more. I added a black and white adjustment layer and used the pen tool to select the glass and coaster to mask them out of the adjustment.
The only thing I dislike about this cinemagraph is that the loop is not 100% smooth as the tv was on and I caught the reflection in the liquid of the glass.
What do you think of my interpretation of the theme “motion”, have you had any experience making cinemagraphs? let me know in the comments below or just say hi if you like.
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30 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge; Motion”
OMG that is so cool! Love!
Thank You Lisa, it is a fun idea, isn’t it.
Really original ! Very nice.
Thank you, I thought it might be quite a fun idea for the theme.
Thanks for taking the time to comment it is much appreciated.
Great take on the theme, very nice
Thank you Karen, it was not quite outside of the box but I was getting close. Glad you like it.
It’s spot on to the theme! I must give cinemagraph a try!
I hope you do. They are quite fun to experiment with. I filmed a few 30 sec clips as you don’t need to much for the loop.
Thanks for commenting Billy.
Thanks for sharing and expanding my horizons!
My pleasure Tiare, glad you learnt something new. I hope you can give it a try yourself.
Awesome take on, Ben!
Great cinemagraph! Perfect for the challenge. And thanks for posting a ‘how to’.
Thank you glad you like the cinemagraph and hope the how to comes in useful.
Very clever. I really like the play and I learn something new about making a cinemagraph. Now, if I have a Photoshop… haha.
I know you can make these with some other programs and software can make these but I don’t know how well they work.
This is brilliant! Really must try this out myself…great take on the theme! 🙂
Thank you it is a really fun way to create images. Glad you like it.
This is great. I had always wondered how this was done. It is a great choice for this prompt.
Hi Raewyn, and now you know. I hope you will give it ago when you find a good subject.
Nice! A good take on the challenge.
Thank you Tiny, I thought it would be an interesting way to represent the challenge.
How clever are you! You have got that motion happening Ben!
Thanks Julie, I wouldn’t call myself clever else my head won’t fit through the door.
that is great 🙂
Thank you Josh, glad you like my interpretation of the theme.
Excellent – very well done 🙂
Thank you Lisa.