Photographing the Wind

“A boy’s will is the wind’s will, And the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts.” (Henry Longfellow)

While photographing the wind might seem a daunting task at first, there are a few ways to suggest movement in a photograph. Composition can do that, by carefully and dynamically arranging lines, curves, spaces or subjects. Long exposure, with the resulting motion blur, is another, more obvious way.

But there is a digital image file format that allows actual movement: the venerable GIF. It’s been around for ages and it’s still popular. And, most of the times, annoying. But in recent years, people have started to use it more and more to create derivatives of the scenes they photographed, introducing movement in them, and naming the results cinemagraphs.

I first tried it two years ago (see first photo below) and I’ve said to myself I would investigate further, but it was never really a priority and I kept forgetting about it. Last weekend, though, I geared myself into cinemagraph mode during a trip at Poiana Marului, in the center of Romania. I’ve found cinemagraphs can do a great job at conveying the mood of the place and the weather.


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