Cinemagraph: 28 Still Photos With Subtle Motion

So today we’re going to showcase animated GIF artwork but there are not the regular GIF we use on websites. These are beautiful twist from somehow nasty animated Gif artworks with the use of high quality photos from modern photography, and the pioneer, Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg called it – Cinemagraph.

Like what you’ve seen in most GIF animation, cinemagraph is a product of still photo with minor elements moving on. It’s nothing impressive on technique but what makes cinemagraph unique is it brings back certain part of the photo to life, thus making the entire photo more realistic, attractive and sometimes even thought-provoking, just like the magical newspaper from the movie Harry Potter.

Dozens of photographers have found this technique interesting, so do we. While they are making their first attempt on cinemagraph, we go on by collecting 28 quality, realistic and thought-provoking cinemagraphs for your enjoyment and inspiration and, be prepared to get impressed!

28 Inspiring Cinemagraphs

A Wonderful World. It’s still yet it’s moving, it’s silent yet it’s thought-provoking. It’s the beauty of cinemagraph. (Image source: From Me To You)

a wonderful world

Can You Smell Them? I can’t really smell them, but I can feel that it’s hot and delicious! This is what cinemagraph can do, strengthens the expression of a photo. (Image source: From Me To You)

can you smell them

Cheers. Endless wine with endless elegance, achieved by cinemagraph. (Image source: From Me To You)


Coco Takes Manhattan. If you cannot capture wind, make a cinemagraph to get people feel it. (Image source: From Me To You)

coco takes manhattan

Delicious Bacon. Believe me, cinemagraph will be the next big thing for food advertising. (Image source: Vickan Flickan)

delicious bacon

Endless Time. Time is endless, so is cinemagraph. (Image source: Tilen Sepic)

Have A Bubbly Weekend! The moving effect has grabbed all you focus to the wine, showing you the attention-grabbing power of cinemagraph. (Image source: From Me To You)

have a bubbly weekend

Have An Adventurous Weekend. By simply moving some grasses, the entire photo has brought back to life completely. (Image source: From Me To You)

have an adventurous weekend

He Swept Her Away. Amazed by the dynamic of the swinging dress, simply cool. (Image source: From Me To You)

he swept her away

How He Passed The Time. Cinemagraph can not only give you the feel of wind, but also the feel of speed. (Image source: From Me To You)

how he passed the time

Infinite Coke. Where can I buy this coke? I will pay any money for it. An interesting effect achieved by cinemagraph to confuse your mind. (Image source: Superwhite)

infinite coke

It’s My Birthday. Oops, don’t scroll down too fast or the candle will be blown away! Revive your most lovely moment with cinemagraph. (Image source: From Me To You)

it's my birthday

Joel Naughgle Of Devil At My Doorstep. Professional output with lively portrait, a very great attempt from David Tribbly. (Image source: Tribby)

Meet Me At The Bar. A creative cinemagraph utilizing the reflection of window. (Image source: From Me To You)

meet me at the bar

Mouse Is Always Busy. Is he browsing the Hongkiat? Perfect cinemagraph that captures the life of a computer addict. (Image source: Superwhite)

mouse is always busy

Paint It On. Beauty needs patience. (Image source: From Me To You)

Prabal’s Beauty. Inspiring and lively at the same time, demonstrating how cinemagraph can be the best piece in your portfolio. (Image source: From Me To You)

prabal's beauty

Reading Newspaper. Impressive attempt with interesting ideas, I had a pleasing moment with this cinemagraph. (Image source: Kyla Hernandez)

Ride On A Swing. Instead of moving the swinging girl, the author moves another part of swing which makes entire cinemagraph more interesting, great idea. (Image source: product26)

ride on a swing

Shave And A Haircut. Can you see all pole barble lamps in the photo are whirling? This cinemagraph stands out by its great attention to detail. (Image source: From Me To You)

shave and a haircut

Slide To Unlock. How many times you unlock iDevice a day? A common activity made interesting by cinemagraph. (Image source: Superwhite)

slide to unlock

Smoke ‘n Models. Now I will call this professional, both makeup artist, photographer and cinemagrapher. (Image source: From Me To You)

smoke n models

So Tasty! How fresh it is! A tasty cinemagrah made for online grocery site, Gilt Taste. (Image source: From Me To You)

so tasty

Sweeping Moments. Great collaboration between model and cinemagrapher, I believe more models will want to have a cinemagraph as self portrait, it’s simply more attractive. (Image source: From Me To You)

sweeping moments

The Never-ending Commute. The moving train really adds to the epicness of this photo. (Image source: From Me To You)

the never-ending commute

Yuki. Its name is Yuki, an animal brought back to life by cinemagraph. (Image source: kirk7784)



Cinemagraphs in this showcase are referred from these following awesome websites:


The review for these cinemagraph is pretty diverse. Some praised it as the revolution of Gif animation, some criticized it as an old form of animated Gif artwork with a new name. In either way, more photographers found cinemagraph interesting and made their first attempt. Will it become the next big thing of photography and Gif animation? I will leave this for you to judge.

Wondered how to achieve magical cinemagraph? There’re some in-depth tutorials for you to get it!

Oh, and don’t forget to tell us which cinemagraph impresses you the most!

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