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Street food in Beijing: I first saw this photo effect a while ago and then more recently a series of fashion images by Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg that were really inspiring.  I’ve been dying to try the effect in some of my travel images and have been capturing them since I arrived in China…and now I’ve finally had chance to do some processing.  The term coined for these animated photos is the ‘Cinemagraph’ but I’m calling mine ‘Gifographs’ becaause it is, after all, just a humble gif. This was taken on the street outside our hostel in Beijing.  The Happy Dragon is down a side street to the North-East of Tiananmen Square, there’s no outdoor area to sit and the beers were expensive so we sat outside on the street in the warm summer air with another traveller from Canada (Hi, Flora!) and ordered cold beers and meat skewers from the guy in the photo. The beers were cold the food was good and cheap and the whole evening cost 75RMB (about  $10 ) for the 3 of us. Gotta love China!

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  • Comment by mervfrench — July 21, 2011 @ 10:57 pm

    Hey, cool effect Sandy.

    Glad to here its going well and the beer is cold. :)

  • Comment by True North mark — July 22, 2011 @ 5:37 pm

    That’s waycool Sandy…you just gotta show me how to do that when you get back! :)

  • Comment by Pete Hodgson — July 22, 2011 @ 8:43 pm

    Great stuff Sandy, love the new effect and want to know more. Sounds like China could be better than India if the beer is cold. The kingfishers were always kimberley cool at best when we were there. Hope all is still going well.

  • Comment by Peta North — July 27, 2011 @ 5:48 pm

    Very cool Sandy, really like the effect and it works so well with that shot. Keep them coming…

  • Comment by Adrian Wayte — August 3, 2011 @ 2:54 pm

    Yes like Mark said very cool and need to know how. New workshop for you to do.

  • Comment by Dan Scott — August 3, 2011 @ 2:57 pm

    Thats really cool. you may just have started a new trend in the blogging world. Gotta go figure out how thats done now.

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  • Comment by Sandy@Shots — September 26, 2011 @ 4:35 pm

    Hey Mark, Pete, Adrian and Dan…sorry for the delayed response on this one but it’s better late than never. You’ve probably already figured this out with the help of Google but I wanted to put up a link to the online tutorial anyway – it’s not mine…someone else has kindly already done the hard yards. There are a few ‘how tos’ on the web but I think this one is probably the easiest to understand. It’s pretty stright forward once you know how, the hardest part is actually trying to film a suitable scene for the effect. As far as I know it will only work with PS 32 bit (not 64 bit)….looking forward to seeing some moving photos.
    Check it out HERE

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