I read an article today on Cinemagraphs and thought it was very cool concept. Basically taking a still photo and animating a portion of the photo. I’m providing a link to this article for you to review. Cinemagraph Article on Tripwire magazine –

A few weeks ago, I took a series of photographs at McKinney State Park of the Falls. 9 photos I took by mistake, when I held the shutter release down for 9 shots. Fortunately for me, I kept them and was able to use them for my first Cinemagraph.

Here is my 2nd attempt

Cinemagraphy – More true to vision


So here is my first attempt.

McKinney Falls in Austin, TX

It was a lot of work, but it was a learning experience I enjoyed. I did have to spend a lot of time in front of the computer editing, which sometimes makes me worry because I know how detrimental it can be to sit down for long stretches of time. I try to do what I can though. I exercise whenever possible and I try to watch what I eat. I even take a great natural health supplement which has been working great for me, and I highly recommend it . If you would like to see if it is right for you, you can find out here.

  • Dave ‘Shnarf’ Reid

    As much as I love your Final image, both for its scenic beauty and technical skill, I don’t feel this fully captures what a cinemagraph (in my own opinion) should represent. 

    Bear with me here. I shall explain.

    My love of cinemagraphs is of those that show, for example, a small child – motionless – whilst the fan moves in the background. A scene where there would be sporadic movement, aswell as linear movement. But removing all those sporadic moments and leaving but a basic movement to portray the event or scene. Your picture, albeit beautiful, could – for all I know – be a looped video? 

    I am in no way degrading you work, I do like it and congrats on your first Cinemagraph. 
    I hope you read what I wrote, not as an attack on your work, but a suggestion or idea for future projects. 


    • Dave Larson

      Thanks for the feedback Dave. I do understand what you are saying being a true Cinemagraph. I really didn’t go into this photo with the idea of a Cinemagraphy, nor setup a scenario with the explicit concept for a cinemagraphy. I just remembered that I accidentally took 9 photos with the same exposure a few weeks earlier and had the basis to create what I did. Basically I wanted to try and learn the process of how to create the photo in Photoshop so when I found an opportunity to setup a shot in the process, it would help me learn what to do and not do while behind the camera. As you can see in my two attempts, the first one had moving water and the 2nd one only the ‘two’ waterfall’s. I thought about choosing only one of the two waterfall’s, but I was learning a technique…

      My blog, although on the internet, is a chance for me to share what I’m learning, for myself and of course friends and family, who ask me all the time, to share what I learn. I’m not fanatical about posting all the time, just what I like to share, I don’t earn any sort of money (ad revenue, clicks, etc) from my blog, it is just a place to share and hopefully get feedback from others. So I do appreciate the feedback, and will share future Cinemagraphs, if and when I do another one.

    • Dave Larson

      Thanks for the feedback. I haven’t had a chance to try anything new around Cinemagraph. I more wanted to try it out. I have no practical reason to do them. Just more of learning…

      • Robb Doyle

        I think you did a great job. It may not lack the subtlety dave is looking for – but it breathes life into the picture (which is a great shot)

        I’m just beginning to get into Cinemagraphs myself and I hope my finished product is as good as this. Cheers.

        • Dave Larson

          Thank you Robb. I haven’t done another photograph since that one. I have been meaning too, just haven’t had the inspiration yet. May have to think on that in the coming weeks… Try to be a little more subtle… Good luck on your Cinemagraphs. Send me a link so i can see what you have done.