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!
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!