Sunday, January 18, 2009

Tilt-shifting...

Ok, so enough with the food posts...

Today I tried my hand at this whole tilt-shifting thing, courtesy of this very fun website tiltshiftmaker.com. Generally, the idea is that this is a technique you would normally do using special lenses that results in changes in the area of the picture thats in focus as well as changes in perspective (I think). However, through the magic of the interwebs, you can do this on photos you already have, which is perfect given that I have no idea how to make a real camera do any of these things. The result is that a different part of the photo is in focus, and it can make it look like a minature model, or like a smaller scene. Apparently the best photos for this are pictures of scenes that have lots of depth in them. Having pillaged my photos, here are some of my attempts...

This is the Shinkyo Bridge, in Nikko Japan- I think it really does look like a little model:


This is in Osaka, I tried to focus on the couple on the bridge:


This is a lake in Glacier Park (after quite a hike!):


This is the poor fake Mammoth at the La Brea tarpits (which I love, irrationally)


You can see better, bigger versions (and other ones) at my flickr

8 comments:

KrazyFashion said...

Wow those photos are amazing. The bridge DOES look just like a miniature model. I love the out of focus effect. :)

Tea said...

That's awesome! I doubt I'd ever be able to figure that out on my camera either. Thanks for the link! -Tea

Banana-head Pancake said...

sorry to skip over the topic, but ohmygoodness I've always wanted to see the fake tar pits!

yellowfish said...

oh no! make no mistake... the mammoths are totally fake, but the tar is very real!

for a summer I lived across the street from them... and let me tell you, nothing wakes you up like the smell of tar in the morning! (also, you really haven't had your Sunday coffee ritual until you've done it sitting in the California sun, on a bench, watching a giant plastic animal gently waving as it floats in bubbling tar)

Banana-head Pancake said...

I guess I worded that wrong - I just love the faux Cenozoic(?) era set-up, hoping to make you feel like you're really there, back in time!

I love the idea of sitting with coffee in the CA sun...sigh. jealous.

Light and Writing said...

Love, Love the pick in the lake photo! Nice shot of the couple on the bridge as well.

yellowfish said...

thanks! I love the lake one, too... it looks a little like something in a fairytale..

Shaunna said...

I just learned about tilt-shifting. I so gotta give this a try!

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