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6 May 2017

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

So we're pleased to present the 186th in our series of Saturday matinees today: The Infinite Now.

Armand Dijcks worked with Australian photographer Ray Collins to create cinemagraphs of Collins' seascapes. "Each cinemagraph is created from one of Ray's stills, and sets it in infinite motion, making a unique moment in time last forever," Dijcks explains.

We counted eight cinemagraphs in this seven-minute video but you won't count. You'll just sit back and enjoy the slow-motion development of wave forms that elude perception when you spy them from the beach.

But it isn't slow-motion at all. As Dijcks explains in a blog entry about the project:

Some time ago I took a still image with water splashes, frozen in time by using a strobe. Later, when working on some cinemagraphs I was curious to see if I could convert this still into a moving cinemagraph. Playing around with the Puppet Warp tool in Adobe After Effects I animated the splashes and was surprised at how convincing the motion of the water looked. I'm sure this was not something that Adobe had in mind when they came up with Puppet Warp, but hey, it worked!

Digital imaging has made possible new visual experiences and cinemagraphs are one of them.

Coined by photographers Kevin Burg and Jamie Beck, who used the technique to animate their fashion and news photographs, cinemagraphs are high-resolution videos based on still images, much like an animated GIF, that repeat a minor motion within the scene to give the illusion of movement.

Unlike an animated GIF, though, only parts of the image are animated. Whole frames are not swapped out but the main image is masked to show animation captured as video only in selected areas. Photojojo provides a 15-step tutorial on making your own cinemagraph.

Or, since it's the weekend, just put your feet up and enjoy these animated seascapes with the assurance you won't wipe out or even have to get your feet wet.

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