Cinemagraphs Developed and Final Cinemagraph

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in College Blog | No Comments

From my last cinemagraphs I was able to develop and pick out what needed improving so I could apply my new knowledge to creating my final cinemagraphs.

To start off I decided to pick out one location which I felt represented tourism in Lincoln the greatest, and through my research I identified that it was the cathedral. I did most of my cinemagraphs in there but I also did a few others in different locations.


This first one I did because I thought it was quite a unique idea, even if it didn’t have anything to do with tourism. It did help me though to realise the smaller, less obvious things might make the most effective cinemagraphs.


The second one I did in a cafe, I always relate tourism to cafes in that local area and in my opinion Lincoln has a great range of cafes. However I think this cinemagraph would be better at promoting that singular cafe rather than Lincoln as a whole.

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The rest of my cinemagraphs were taken inside the cathedral itself. I didn’t want to draw away from the religious aspect of the building, so I tried to keep that the main theme. The candles representing the hope and light that is the lord, I thought that it would make a pleasing photo subject.


This is my final cinemagraph. The image is in colour and denotes mainly earth tones like yellow and browns. The photo also denotes 4 lit candles in a pit of sand, held by a stone statue. In the background a woman can be seen praying, behind her another person is walking to a destination out of frame.

The main visual language in this cinemagraph is light, mainly focused on the candles and the area around them. Little light is coming from the rest of the frame but the candles do light up their part of the image. This could connote how even in dark times Jesus or God can be the small light of hope which brings you out of that darkness. Candles in Christianity are a symbol for both the Holy Spirit and light.

Another visual aspect, which I feel makes the image stronger as a whole, is composition. The main subject (the candles) are situated on the bottom left focal point, making it one of the first things to be noticed by our eyes. Since our eye are automatically drawn there we don’t notice how nothing else in the image is moving. When we move onto inspecting the rest of the frame, we find that none of the people are moving, questioning whether the candles were really moving in the first place.

I think shape and form are also important visual features in this cinemagraph because they add structure and dimension. The statues behind the candles add depth and framing to the image, making the overall cinemagraph aesthetically pleasing.

My favourite thing about this cinemagraph is the whole photo, I think everything ties in well to represent tourism in Lincoln. I think it also has many different portrayals, some may think it’s pretty and others may see it in a religious view.

I wanted to know what someone else’s opinion was on my work so I could see it from an alternative point a view. They said that they liked how it seems the rest of the world has stopped apart from those few candles. It got me thinking about how religion is like that for some people, their worlds may be halted but their God is what helps them carry on.

This cathedral is one of the main reasons so many people visit Lincoln a year, either to admire the architecture, a place where they can pray to God or just to experience something new.

In my personal opinion I think my cinemagraph is very strong, but despite that there are a few things I would still improve. For example I think I could have waited a little longer for more people to walk into the frame, so then I could freeze it as a still image. If there were more people in it I think it would make a bigger impact when people realise that only the candles are moving.

Next time I plan on making my editing more precise, especially when it comes to looping as I believe I can still improve from this. If I loop it correctly it will look flawless and continual, which is a lot more pleasing to look at in comparison to a jump cut.