Image Cache: Tilt-shift lenses can make whole cities look like desktop miniatures through some amazing optical trickery. Unfortunately, we don't have any of them up in space, but it hasn't stopped some cosmic creatives from trying to mimic the effect on photos taken by NASA, ESO and other space research groups.
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If there's any photography effect that's more fun to look at than the time-lapse, it's tilt-shift photography, the camera trick that makes a normal real-life scene look like it's actually built out of miniatures. But the coolest effect is a mix of the two, like in this tilt-shift time-lapse of Melbourne, Australia, by Nathan Kaso.
A good quality tilt-shift lens for a DSLR costs a couple of thousand dollars. Some newer cameras include a tilt-shift mode that fakes the effect, but those cameras cost a few hundred dollars at best. TiltShift Generator is a $1.19 app that will let you convert any image on your iPhone into a fake tilt-shift image. Win.
We love tilt-shift photography here at Giz - something about photos and videos that look like Micro Machines just gets us feeling all nostalgic. So the new Ricoh CX4's "toy camera" "miniaturise" shooting mode, which creates a fake tilt-shift effect without the need for special lenses or expensive hardware, makes us sit up and pay attention.
Keith Loutit's tilt shift video returns with two more clips: another relaxing one of the beach and one of Mardi Gras. The beach one (Bathtub IV) is very soothing in an innocent way.
Canon's new tilt-shift lens—the glass you need to make amazing photos like this without Photosorcery—is an ultra-wide 17mm piece of kit. Also ultra-wide is its price: $US2500. But just look at it.
I find these Star Wars images fascinating. They are not special because of the technique: We have featured amazing tilt-shift photography before. What makes these special is the combination of technique and subject matter.
Tilt-shift photography, the popular but fashionable method of making big objects look like tiny models, is now on the iPhone. That's good for pretty much everyone who isn't planning their innovative tilt-shift art show.
Tilt-shift lenses sit off-centre of the film (or sensor) plane of your camera to produce photos with extremely limited depth of field, giving the effect of a macro shot of a tiny scene. When the effect is matched with the surreal speed boost of many stills strung together into a time-lapse movie (here by Keith Loutit), we get the other-worldly privilege of seeing real Australian beach goers as an elaborate Playmobil scape. Or Sydney Harbour in a bath tub...