Thursday, March 02, 2006

Miniature Wandsworth

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Nikon D70, 18-70 mm lens @ 18 mm, 1/80 sec, f/8, ISO 200
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A little break from the Lomo-style shots today. A forum I frequent has been talking about so-called 'tilt-shift' style shots recently, and I wanted to try one myself. I'm really not sure about the accuracy of the term 'tilt-shift' to describe this, though.

Basically, it's taking a picture of a scene and then processing it to make it look a model-railway sized miniature shot really close-up with a ridiculously wide aperture to get a narrow depth of field. I love the effect, when it's done right, but I thought that 'tilt-shift' photography was the use of a particularly clever, adjustable lens, that allowed for architectural photography without elements like barrel distortion creeping in. I might be wrong...?

Either way, this is a great optical illusion!

EDIT: Did a little rooting about and discovered that the source of the craze may have been this article, so it looks as though 'tilt-shift' is the correct terminology for this kind of post-processing effect after all.

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