Is it a video? No these are creations called Cinemagraphs, a new form of Digital Photography created by Kevin Burg and Jamie Beck. The effects they create are quite stunning, far removed from those stilted gifs that continually repeat the same action. Cinemagraphs show a level of movement that is extremely clever and compels the viewer to ask, ‘How do that do that’?
It is well worth checking out their website http://annstreetstudio.com/category/cinemagraphs/