Cinemagraphs of nature

I came across this technique back in 2013. I was blown away by how mesmerizing the effect was. For the next few years, I would take stationary video footage, knowing that one day I would give this a try. To see how these are made, watch the video at the bottom of this post. 


We get at least three hummingbirds to come to our backyard every summer. I try to spoil them by always having fresh nectar in the feeder. This little guy held still for me on an unusually cold day.


If you’ve looked through my photos, you’ll recognize these falls. Every summer someone builds a dam at the base of the falls and it makes a really nice swimming hole. Just don’t jump off. My friend Billy broke his ankle trying that stunt.


Here is a sunset at one of my favorite places, Cayuga Lake.


Did I mention that the sunsets at Cayuga lake are stunning?


No two sunsets are alike. Each evening brings something different.


Sometimes the lake isn’t so calm and serene.

If you are interested in trying this out for yourself, all you need is Adobe Photoshop and some stable video footage. Check out this great tutorial.

Digital Paintings

A long time ago, when digital cameras had a small amount of megapixels, I found that I wanted to enlarge some of my photos. Enlarging a photo in Photoshop would create an image that was blurry or bring out digital imperfections. One way to get around this was to push the pixels into a painting, using a Wacom digital tablet. The process is very much like painting on a wet photo. I use either Adobe Photoshop or Corel Painter to turn these photos into paintings. I hand paint each stroke, deciding what stays or gets covered. Sometimes, I just want to obscure the background to emphasize the subject. Other times, hand painting is a great technique to blend a composite together.

I’ve found that some people don’t know how to categorize this art. Is it a photograph? Is it a painting? Is it something in between? Does this seem like cheating or is this just another tool to make art? What do you think?