February 6, 2014 12:02 pm

Nokia Cinemagraph: 10 great examples

It’s easy to capture a moment in time; just point and click. But making that photo come alive with your Lumia is a trick few others possess.

With Nokia Cinemagraph you can choose to animate sections of a photo, leaving the rest of the world in a permanent freeze-frame. The results can not only be quite amazing, but truly unique.

The recent Nokia Cinemagraph update includes the ability to export GIF files and adds location data for better integration with Nokia Storyteller.

With that in mind, we thought we’d share what’s possible with Nokia Cinemagraph with this showcase from around the web.

An uplifting couple

National Geographic Magazine photographer, Stephen Alvarez (@alvarezphoto), recently shared a Cinemagraph of a couple under some trees.

When we first saw it, we predicted the couple to be animated; instead they’re motionless for all eternity. Which was unexpected and kinda nice.

Child’s point of view

This Cinemagraph from @DiegoVa02127103 is great. Everything is perfectly still – which can be difficult when photographing children – except his eyes, which flit across the room.

It’s nothing to ambitious, action packed or energetic, just small subtle movements that keep your attention. Faultless.

A watery shadow

Do your eyes deceive you? Has time been frozen along with the water? Not quite, but @AilesJardineria has done a great job of getting the shadow to move while all else remains still. Clever.

Perpetual paradise

Don’t you wish you could be sitting on a golden beach with nothing but blue sky and turquoise waves gently rolling into shore? Well, thanks to @thebrandon971, we can all pretend we’re there, forever – if only…

A calm cascade

@volvoshine took to Twitter and wrote “Nokia Cinemagraph is probably my favourite app…” while uploading this watery animated photo.

Forever fluttering

Norma Desmond from Sunset Boulevard famously once said, “I’m ready for my close-up”. I wonder if the subject of this next Cinemagraph spoke similar words? Maybe we’ll never know, but what we do know is that she (now) blinks, a lot.

Thanks @BriahannSanborn for sharing.

Gimme a C, gimme an I, gimme a N…

Cinemagraphs can be used to make you, the viewer, focus on something else other than what is obvious, as this next example by @fnord2323 demonstrates.

If this were a video, you’d be watching the two teams as they walk or run onto the pitch. If it were a simple still, you’d probably check out the pitch first and then the rest. But as a Cinemagraph, your eyes are instantly drawn to the cheerleaders.

Take time to reflect

Mirrors work particularly well in Cinemagraphs.

Put enough space in-between you and your reflection and the results can be scary, funny, or just weird. Or all three, as @juniorbrandao delightfully shows. Nice moves, sir.

“Enjoying the breeze”

One of our regular readers is Jonas who shared a Cinemagraph with us in the comments sections of a previous post

@Jonas_1975 captured hair blowing in a breeze on a sunny beach. The timing is perfect and, by adding a little blue colour pop, made this Cinemagraph extra special.

From another fan…

And finally, here’s one more Cinemagraph from another regular reader, @hethler.

It’s fairly simple in content; spinning ceiling fans. However, the timing is always vital when creating the perfect Cinemagraph.

Rather than just shooting and uploading immediately, Hethler would’ve spent some time making sure that the loop was spot on so it looked like a continual cycle.

Nice job!

What do you think of these Cinemagraphs? Have you created your own? We’d love to see them in the comments section below, or by uploading them to Twitter.

To make it easier for us to find, be sure to include the hashtag #NokiaCinemagraph along with a hashtag of which device you used to take it (e.g. #NokiaLumia1020)

If you’re a newbie, make sure you check out our guide to creating amazing Cinemagraphs, which is packed with tips.