I just made my first cinemagraph. Click on the image above to see it in action. It’s based on the video “High Rock Colors” by Dylan Hahn, available at mazwai.com under the Creative Commons Attribution License 3.0.
According to Time, Cinemagraphs “aren’t your ordinary GIFs. The cinemagraph is a medium pioneered (and named) by husband and wife team Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg in which individual instants of motion are isolated against a static image. This dichotomy creates moments that are quiet and contemplative, elevating the humble GIF into something much more refined.”
Read the full article here: http://time.com/3388024/when-photos-come-to-life-the-art-of-the-cinemagraph/
Examples of beautiful cinemagraphs can be found at several sites including these: