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#1 gdvanc

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 07:01 PM

Tilt-Shift is not a new thing, but I just stumbled across it today and thought I'd share.

 

It is a photographic technique where the lens is tilted/rotated relative to the image plane and also shifted/offset relative to the that plane. I'm not entirely sure what that means, but one effect that can be achieved is that pictures can be made to look like they're shot of miniatures.

 

Here are examples a ran across today:

 

Slickzine: Tilt-Shift, Shrinks the world around you

 

Smashing Mag: 50 Beautiful Examples Of Tilt-Shift Photography

 

 

I played around with a couple web-based tools that try to simulate that effect. Mine were nowhere near as cool as the ones in these articles but I may upload them and post them here anyway.

 

Has anyone else used this to create images you would like to share?



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Posted 16 June 2014 - 09:21 PM

Eh, I tried this one out some time ago. Just blurred the top and bottom and jacked up the saturation by 25%. Taken from the Bass garage. I think the higher you can get the better, but a lot of the model look depends on the subject. If you can get cars and trains and full bloomed trees it help a lot. I've also learned to avoid the sky, it often ruins the effect. 

 

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Maybe tomorrow I'll try and shoot some more. Been meaning to try for a while.



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Posted 16 June 2014 - 09:25 PM

I've never experimented with it and I don't even remotely understood it, but I've always enjoyed seeing tilt shift pics.   The first time I saw it was a few years ago when Disney's theme park group started a blog and released a series of tilt shift pics and timelapse tilt shift videos of their theme parks.  



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Posted 17 June 2014 - 09:41 AM

Those are fantastic, Austin55. I look forward to seeing more.



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Posted 17 June 2014 - 01:05 PM

isn't what DangrDave does also called tilt-shift?



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Posted 17 June 2014 - 01:15 PM

I was also going to throw in that you can use a tilt-shift lens to make perspective corrections.  Actually, when I was in college, I was trained in architectural photography with a view camera.  This is old school technology (including film) that uses the same basic principals.  I do not have one of these lenses and I have been using Photoshop over the last several years to digitally alter my images.  These are the only changes that I have made to the photos.  All of the latest updates to the site have pictures that have the perspective adjusted this way.  You can also see these pictures on the Fortwortharchitecture.com Facebook Page.



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Posted 17 June 2014 - 01:25 PM

Yeah, a tilt-shift lens is just a tool - a lens that can be, well, tilted and shifted relative to the plane of the imaging surface (be it film or digital).  You can use it for perspective correction, as in professional architecture photography, or you can go nuts with it with the whole miniature model effect.

 

A lot of both approaches you'll see out there are digital recreations of the effects (both perspective correction and the miniature effect), because real tilt-shift lenses are pricey.


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Posted 17 June 2014 - 04:08 PM

I went out today and tried to get the model look in a lot of places. All these pics from today 6/17. 

 

14447525655_df4eb1e54a_b.jpgPO by Micro55, on Flickr

 

14260874799_1e74f08755_b.jpgFritz by Micro55, on Flickr

 

14260827798_074dfb5bd1_b.jpgcpnstruction by Micro55, on Flickr

 

 

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ymca by Micro55, on Flickr

 

14467542403_7d3b30f2d0_b.jpghenderson by Micro55, on Flickr

 

14260607619_69864fe669_b.jpgtrianglepark by Micro55, on Flickr

 

14447259155_7021094d2d_b.jpgtcc view by Micro55, on Flickr

 

14260816147_939cda5bc2_b.jpgomni by Micro55, on Flickr

 

14260650270_7a811f2bed_b.jpgchurch by Micro55, on Flickr

 

14467422213_debf39a6d1_b.jpgCityscape by Micro55, on Flickr

 

14260818587_822320bd48_b.jpgCantey by Micro55, on Flickr

 

14260647358_731d6b4d0b_b.jpgcityplace plaza by Micro55, on Flickr

 

14260653360_bd1c9a988b_b.jpgchurch by Micro55, on Flickr



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Posted 18 June 2014 - 08:25 AM

I find that digital recreations of the tilt-shift miniature effect are made or broken depending on the content of the photo - since it's a blur applied to the top and bottom of the frame rather than an actual depth-of-field effect as in a real lens (where the blurring is based on distance rather than position in the frame), I find the effect works best in images where there's not a lot of height and the photo is at a high angle to the ground.  It's also tricky to approximate when at a low angle, as the real-world effect is based on distance and a miniature would have different distance/blurring for the foreground and the background.

 

Austin, I think some of your newest are quite convincing - the content of the shot matches the effect nicely.  Cityplace Plaza, Cityscape, and TCC especially.


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Posted 18 June 2014 - 08:53 AM

I agree for sure Kevin. I probably could have had a better result had I targeted exactly what I wanted to be blurred but I just took the easy way out. Ain't nobody got time for that!

A real lens costs near $800.

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 08:57 AM

I went out today and tried to get the model look in a lot of places. All these pics from today 6/17. 

 

You climbed a lot of stairs yesterday!  Great shots.  I really like the one of Henderson. 



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Posted 18 June 2014 - 09:12 AM

I agree for sure Kevin. I probably could have had a better result had I targeted exactly what I wanted to be blurred but I just took the easy way out. Ain't nobody got time for that!
 

 

 

I agree on that - it's more work than I want to do.  :)


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Posted 18 June 2014 - 09:55 AM

Great shots, Austin!



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Posted 18 June 2014 - 03:35 PM

Thanks ya'll! Mind if I post a few more? These are today's. Having fun with it lol. 

 

14267790257_6683960b43_b.jpgHouses by Micro55, on Flickr

 

14431127466_0240fab2c3_b.jpgcooks by Micro55, on Flickr

 

14452883382_7caac84c9d_b.jpgBaylor by Micro55, on Flickr

 

14450886221_2bf09e1b0d_b.jpgBridge by Micro55, on Flickr



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Posted 19 June 2014 - 08:30 AM

Nice catch of the person in the middle of the bridge on a bike!



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Posted 20 June 2014 - 09:28 AM

Great work, Austin55!



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Posted 17 November 2014 - 06:57 AM

A few new ones, from Burnett Plaza

 

15811047645_e0e8a3df3e_b.jpgDowntown by Micro55, on Flickr

 

15787378746_711d354331_b.jpgChurch by Micro55, on Flickr

 

15625649658_b297163fae_b.jpgPublic Market by Micro55, on Flickr

 

15191084174_cb188ff5e8_b.jpgWest Side by Micro55, on Flickr

 

15626197940_87609b4dda_b.jpgLancaster by Micro55, on Flickr







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