Chasing my Muse: Cinemagraphs

I’ve been looking for a new challenge to take my photography someplace new and exciting.  I’ve always loved the mixing of various media, especially video and stills.  Cinemagraphs, according to Wikipedia are are still photographs in which a minor and repeated movement occurs. Cinemagraphs, which are usually published in an animated GIF format, can give the illusion that the viewer is watching a video.

They are commonly produced by taking a series of photographs or a video recording, and, using image editing software, compositing the photographs or the video frames into a seamless loop of sequential frames. This is done such that motion in part of the subject between exposures (for example, a person’s dangling leg) is perceived as a repeating or continued motion, in contrast with the stillness of the rest of the image.

Here’s my very first attempts.  There will be more to come!

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Behind the Scenes

Here are some great images taken by my friend Gene Glasunow at one of my shoots for HTC.  The shoot was for the new Re camera and was to take place at a rented mansion on Clyde Hill in Bellevue.  It turned out fairly well despite the fact that the house and pool were rather run down and we had no electricity for the first half of the day due to a torrential rain storm the night before.

And here are some of the final images and screen shots from the HTC website…
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Finding My Muse at Pike Place Market

Being a creative can be difficult at times, an it’s been a rough few months.   Not with commercial assignments, you’re told what is needed and it’s your job to make it happen.  I’m talking about exploring the creative side of your craft.  The things you do for yourself.  You and you alone.  Sometimes, life gets in the way and blocks the path to creativity… if you let it.  Unfortunately, of late, I’ve let it.  I’ve gone out and just not seen anything.  And the more I go out, the more discouraged I get.  “What’s wrong with me?” I ask myself.  Is my muse gone forever?  Have I lost the love and passion for my craft.  The more I allowed myself these thoughts, the deeper I find myslef inthe abyss of creative darkness.  I’d go days, even a week, without picking up my camera for fun.

I’ve talked to quite a few of my photog friends.  Each and every one of them has been through the same thing.  I think all creatives go through periods where they can’t find their mojo.  Even the greats, like Sonny Rollins or Peter Gabriel, have taken extended leave from their craft sometime in their career.

This week, I decided I would not let it get the best of me. Continue reading “Finding My Muse at Pike Place Market”