Travel Cinemagraph Series: New York in Moments, part II

It’s time for another instalment of the New York in Moments series!

If you missed the first one, check it out here.

Today’s Cinemagraphs will feature a gaudy subway sign and workers digging in the centre of Manhattan, as well as a photographer doing his thing on The Highline.

Men Digging Near The Subway in New York

These guys were working the late night shift digging in the road. We captured this moment as the sparkling “subway” sign flickered in the distance. This is central Manhattan.

New York Highline

This is on the steps at the Highline. I got a bit lucky with this one. The photographer points at the couple he is photographing together on the steps, however just as he shoots the picture a shadow looms on the back wall of the steps as if the photographer has seen something strange and then taken a photo of the shadow.

If you haven’t heard of The Highline it’s an old coal mining railroad in the Meatpacking District on the west side of Manhattan. They turned the railroad into a long park which was really cool to see!

9 Responses to “Travel Cinemagraph Series: New York in Moments, part II”

  1. Stephen S. says:

    Jaw dropping work with the shadow Tom. You are becoming a pro at these!

  2. Paul says:

    Thomas, These are fantastic! Can you give me a run down how you are making these sometime soon.
    Cheers bro

    • Tom says:

      Of course! I make ’em in Photoshop CS6 Extended (using motion – can edit video directly in latest photoshop). You duplicate the video layer, rasterize the bottom layer and then make a selection and apply it as a mask on the top layer.. then only the bit you’ve selected will move. Maybe that didn’t make a lot of sense haha, but Google it there’s a few vids and articles out there on how to do it. Might cover it off myself on here if there is interest and I get better at them.

    • Tom says:

      DOH, I didn’t explain the very first steps to create the looping effect without any glitches.

      To create a perfect loop that doesn’t JUMP you need to do a step BEFORE loading the full video into Photoshop. You choose File –> Import –> Video Frames to Layers. From there you can control exactly what frames you want, and duplicate them and then reverse them to make a seamless loop that you think will look nice (or an area of it will look nice isolated). Then export those frames back into a video and THEN load it into CS6 and begin steps above.

      And, further to the above, once you’ve got the video exactly as you want it in Photoshop you then need to choose “Save As” and select GIF format… can take ages to load this so make sure there are not TOO many frames. You can resize it in this area too and choose different GIF options to see what looks best. You then save it as a GIF (make sure you hit it to loop “forever”).

  3. Hogga says:

    These are so fun!

  4. I just stumbled across this site, and wow! I’m a native New Yorker, but I’ve never seen graphics of such quality – they’re absolutely amazing! Keep up the good work!

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