Travel Cinemagraph Series: Rotterdam, Part II – (at the football derby)

So Trudy and I went to the football…

Well, not JUST the football.. the DERBY – the one game in Holland that is a must-see.

The rivals face-off – Feyenoord vs Ajax.

The stadium was chock-a-block full and the excitement of the crowd was palpable. They’ll take every chance they can get to beat Amsterdam’s Ajax.

I made a few videos in the stadium but rather than making a relatively crappy pieced together video I thought this was a perfect chance to flex those Cinemagraphing fingers. I made a video already of inside De Kuip (the Feyenoord stadium) if you’re interested in getting a live feel for the atmosphere inside the stadium.

This one’s all about the Cinemagraph action!

Before the match, they carried the huge Feyenoord flag out onto the field to ripple as the players walked on to the tune of a roaring crowd…


The game finished, Feyenoord scored a cracking goal in the last minutes of the game to pull off a draw. The crowd was ecstatic (losing to Ajax is sacrilege) and they held their scarves up high to honour the team and the players after shriek of the whistle.

The stadium was buzzing. A win is preferred, obviously, but general mutterings of “at least we didn’t lose” were easily heard. De Kuip (The Tub) is a beautiful stadium in Rotterdam, it rises sharply upwards and allows the crowd to feel close to the game. There are no television screens and as excitement builds you feel the stadium rumbling underneath the jumping feet of boisterous fans.

4 Responses to “Travel Cinemagraph Series: Rotterdam, Part II – (at the football derby)”

  1. Izzy says:

    Those pictures are amazing, how did you do get only one part of the image to move like that?

    • Tom says:

      Hey Izzy! Thanks for the kind words 🙂 I make these in Photoshop CS6, it’s initially a video which I break into layers, create a fluid motion loop, rebuild it into a video and then edit it as a whole in CS6 (you can edit video in the new photoshop). I can then work with as you would a photo, I essentially apply a mask to the area where I want to isolate movement. That way, only the area that I have selected will move and the rest is a still image 🙂

      I’m still learning, but they’re a lot of fun to make!

  2. Louise says:

    Hi…I love your cinemagraphs..they are great!!!

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