A Cinemagraph Tour of Buddha’s Birthday in Korea

Lanterns Blowing in the Wind from Jason Teale on Vimeo.

If you haven’t noticed recently I have been putting a lot of time and effort into cinemagraphs, which are pictures that have a small area that moves. Many people think that these images remind them of the newspapers in Harry Potter. I personally think that they are a great wait to really draw a person into the frame. Cinemagraphs can be either in-your-face, where you can see right away what is moving or more subtle where just a tiny part is moving. I feel each has their place and I really try hard to find that point of interest.

Over the last few weeks, I have visited a lot of temples to get footage for a video idea that I had. I first saw this style of video when world-renowned street photographer Chia Aik Beng from Singapore created a video from an old-style coffee shop called “Heap Seng Leong” I was moved by the power of the images, the music and then use of cinemagraphs. I wondered if I could do the same for places here in Korea.

So I thought that I could tell a story about one of my favourite times of the year in Korea. I have photographed the temples around Ulsan and Busan for many years. However, I always wanted to convey the feeling of movement better. Flixel’s Cinemagraph Pro helped me accomplish this easily. At any rate, I hope that you enjoy the video. Please watch the HD version on vimeo for the best quality

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