Photo Monday: Tilt-Shift Photography


I came across this post-processing technique while researching topics for Photo Monday a couple of months ago. The idea is to simulate a very shallow depth of field in a large scale scene (typically only present in close-up photos), which gives the impression that the scene is miniature (like a model train instead of a real train). I usually don’t like post-processing techniques that alter the photo too much or that make it seem like something that it’s not, but it caught my attention; I think it gives an interesting effect. Apparently, there is a way to achieve this with a lens, but you’ll need what is called a tilt-shift lens (cha-ching $$). You can read more about Tilt-Shift photography on Wikipedia.

As always, let me know what you think!

TiltShift :: Strachan House
Strachan House, a.k.a. Pink Hotel, providing us with a lot of excitement, as depicted here, on a weekly basis.

TiltShift :: Rockband
A miniature video production for a band in Toronto.

Tilt-Shift :: Rugby 2003
Rugby in New-Zealand 2003. Otago won! Yay!

Also, just for fun, I thought I would share a funny video from someone on vimeo (Keith Loutit). It’s also based on the Tilt-Shift technique, but all bundled into a video. Pretty awesome!

Bathtub III from Keith Loutit on Vimeo.

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5 thoughts on “Photo Monday: Tilt-Shift Photography

  1. @John: ha ha ha! Ouais j’ai vraiment aimé le vidéo!! C’es trop drole avec la musique. Merci pour le compliments. J’aime bien l’effet que ca fait.

    @JP: Yeah man! C’est quand on a bu plein de Heineiken et qu’on a eu plein de fun dans le boot corporatif!! Tu te rapelles? Trop trop cool comme souvenir!!!

  2. FANTASTIC! It’s something to make the entire world look macro. gotta learn how to do it. Hey mig have you ever heard of this artist Slinkachu? i think it’s hilarious how these little guys are just left to fend for themselves in the big city. i’d love to find one. keep shooting

  3. Hey Alastair,
    Yeah, you should learn how to reproduce this effect. It’s a lot of fun. And to be honest, it’s simple and it just amazes me to watch my photos become miniature scenes! It’s awesome!
    As for Slinkachu…. it’s so funny because i was going to post about this guy in the upcoming weeks. I’ve been trying to find some cool figurines to try and do an homage to him. 🙂 Anyways, I really like his art; Very unique. The best one I think is the one with the bee… ha ha! Anyways, you can buy his book on Queen Street for 20$. I think i’ll get a copy when i come back!
    See you at the gym!!!

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