Sunday, March 25, 2012

Cinemagraphs Photos in Movement

Cinemagraphs are still images that contain within themselves living elements allowing a glimpse of time to be experienced and preserved. Cinemagraph is a technique of blending the effects of images and videos. It was introduced by a New York fashion photographer Jamie Beck, in collaboration with motion graphics designer Kevin Burg. Since then, many other designers have created similar forms of cinemagraphs. Cinemagraphs are typically simply created as animated .gif files making them easy to use on a web page. In this article, I feature stunning examples of cinemagraphs for your inspiration. Don’t scroll too fast if you want to experience the Cinemagraphs and look carefully – elements you don’t expect to move may do it…!  Source of text:  Tripwire Magazine.  Article by Justin Betonio



In order to make a cinemagraph, first of all, we must focus on one element so that we can create a coherent movement  once or several times.  Likewise, it is essential that the color schemes of the image that we record on video are not too many otherwise we will obtain results that will look like drawings instead of photographs.  

Two simple ways of making a cinemagraph

1.  With the use of the iPhone Cinemagram. In the App Store, we have found Cinemagram, a program that allows to create a cinemagraph in less than a minute with  an iPhone. We only have to record a secuence on video, or choose any saved previously in the phone, select the repeat time of the final image, indicate the area that we want to maintain as animated, apply a filter to the animation like those of the Instagram and we will obtain a cinemagraph similar to the above.  It cannot be any simpler.

 2. With the Use of Cliplets in  Windows.
 This second option recommends the use of a free program called Microsoft Cliplets. Although we have not tried this, we have seen the help videos that are published in their web page and it does not seem complicated to use.  The only problem is that the result is not a gif file, but a video.  It seems that to maintain a link in movement in a web is not too easy.
Source of Previous images and text:  El País.com




Source of last two images:  Trip Magazine

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A Day trip to Hiruela, Madrid March, 2012

Mel arrived in Madrid last Monday March 2 and left Thursday March 8.  She had some delay due to her flight being cancelled caused by the morning fog but luckily was acommodated in another flight a few hours later. The following morning, we went to a nearby town called Hiruela, where we saw different kinds of lichens, which are fungi in artforms of nature (attached are some of them).  The lichens were all over not only on trees but also on the ground.  I got some of them in small branches and used them to decorate the glass showcase of my art exhibit.

Here are some pictures of the town and its river.  This town is a tourist spot with some recommended paths to follow. Luckily, it was a clear sunny day and the temperature although quite cold mellowed down as we walked along the way.






Hiruela is  not  a place to find lichens but  to have the chance to see the genuine essence of rural life in the Sierra del Rincón area. Hiruela is a pretty town declared as Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2005. It is popular for the hiking routes.

This town is a tourist spot with some recommended paths to follow within rows of trees.  The whole town was almost at our own private tour.  We chose a route that indicated walking for three hours, but we did not finish the route as it became complicated for me along the way with difficulty of crossing from one end to the other.  I had to cross a stream to be able to go to the other side.


Another older group that was behind us opted not to cross the stream but I think that the cold water did me well since it removed the tiredness in my legs and feet. It was like a cold massage and I did like it after all although the water was really very cold and I had to be careful not to slip over the pebbles.   Luckily, it was a clear,  sunny day and even if the temperature was cold,  as we walked,  the weather mellowed down.  Here is a glimpse of the town and its river.







Notice that I have a walking cane, this is used by  trekkers for climbing and to take off the load from the knees.  It was the first time that I used it and was a gift from Mel.  We had a quick lunch of "bocatas" in probably the only bar/pub that was in town.  Mel had a Spanish omelette, while the rest of us had "chorizo" Spanish sausage.  A stray cat came along waiting for our left overs.  And it did have its share.




It is just another quiet town in Madrid, but we filled it with our laughter.