This animated gif was posted to The Atlantic’s In Focus photojournalism blog. It’s just six frames, but boy does it help you feel the power of a Space Shuttle launch.
Update (7/3): The New York Times made an internet splash today by putting a cinemagraph/cinegram/video loop/thingy on its homepage.
While the Times’ execution is actually a looping, 14-second, HTML5 video, not an animated gif, there’s an interesting space to explore here: the area between static image and video.
Though as Matt Quintanilla points out, the Times’ take is more parlor trick than photojournalism.
Update (8/3): Andrew Phelps at the Nieman Journalism Lab has a nice piece on gifs “coming out party” during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. From fencing to gymnastics, gifs are helping to tell the story of sports in action, though and endless, looping stack of flip cards.
“What GIFs do,” [Buzzfeed deputy sports editor Kevin] Lincoln said, “is sort of bridge the gap between an image and a video, which becomes incredibly useful in sports — you don’t have to wade through and listen to an entire highlight/video, but at the same time, you get the motion and action that makes sports sports.”
Time to change the title of this post to “Animated gifs: utilized photojournalism tool”.