02 January 2009

Tilt-Shift effect #2

I was already downtown having lunch with my wife so I thought I would try to shoot specifically for post processing the tilt-shift effect. I have two choices. Both were taken from the top of the Actor's Theater parking garage. Here is photo #1:

And here is a close up version with the 2nd street bridge as a top border:

Louisville Arena 2

Which one do you think is better? Leave a comment below.

Tilt-Shift miniature faking is a creative technique whereby a photograph of a life-size location or object is manipulated to give an optical illusion of a photograph of a miniature scale model.
Altering the focus of the photography in Photoshop (or similar program) simulates the shallow depth of field normally encountered with macro lenses making the scene seem much smaller than it actually is.
In addition to focus manipulation, the tilt-shift photography effect is improved by increasing color saturation and contrast, to simulate the bright paint often found on scale models.
Most faked tilt-shift photographs are taken from a high angle to further simulate the effect of looking down on a miniature. The technique is particularly effective on buildings, cars, trains and people.
Taken from Louisville Photography Collective


Scott Hack said...

I'm not a photographer, but I like the zoomed out version. It helps give it perspective. It looks blurry to me though, is that from the effect you were using?

Joel said...

Yes Scott. The blur is created to give the feel of a tilt shift lens. Se how to do this effect here: http://www.tiltshiftphotography.net/photoshop-tutorial.php

Thanks for stopping by!

HOOPS said...

I liked view number two better for the model effect. I feel that the buildings on the side keep me from thinking it is a model. You might want to blur the top of number two a little more for your desired effect. Both are good if you would stop talking smack while I type this. Your HOT Wife!