Bald Eagle Lake

Believe it or not, this short video was made from a still image! I've been wanting to try my hand at cinemagraphs ever since I discovered them, but for some reason I never did. Knowing that this monthly challenge I set for myself was a chance to try things I likely never would again, I added "make a cinemagraph" to my to-do list for Project XII. Cinemagraphs are surprisingly easy to make (if you can find the right tools), but I found the process to be finicky in getting the movement to be just right. I believe short and small movements would be the key for any good cinemagraph, though I wonder what sort of wackiness someone could come up with with wild and large movements. This was also my first time playing around with sky replacement, and I was shocked at how fast and easy it was considering the software I was using was very basic. Technology has come a long way in recent years!
I spent a while on the sound design as well. It was hard to find a simple water sound that matched the artificial waves I had created, and I admit it still doesn't look like the waves sound right. However, this photo was taken by me on a road trip a few years ago and I believe I recreated the essence of Bald Eagle State Park quite well. I would be interested in creating more cinemagraphs with sound design in the future just for the sake of enjoying the process and to fondly relive memories at places where I didn't take many photos or any videos. Though next time, I'll be using higher quality photos for sure!

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