Tilt-Shift Photography Week, Part I

Tilt-shift photography is a methods by which selective camera movements are used to place the camera’s focus on a specific portion of the image. The result often produces an effect that makes the scene in the image appear as if it was a model built in miniature. With the advent of digital photography and image manipulation software enabling selective blurring, tilt-shift photography and tilt-shift faking have exploded in popularity. Over the course of this week, we’ll be showing a number of tilt-shifted photos and videos of locations from around the world. Today, we kick off Tilt-Shift Week with a first batch of still imagery.

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Rooftops of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India (compare with the original). Source: P. Goyette, http://www.flickr.com/photos/pgoyette/107849943/. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic licence.

Vizhinjam_Tilt_Shift_(3946966415)

Boats in the port of Vizhinjam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. Source: K. Koshy, http://www.flickr.com/photos/kkoshy/3946966415/. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic licence.

Tilt-shift_-_Longboats,_Nai_Yang_Beach,_Phuket_(4484140648)

Longboats at Nai Yang Beach, Phuket, Thailand. Source: A. Mitchell, http://www.flickr.com/photos/monstermunch/4484140648/. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic licence.

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A pedestrian walk in Putrajaya, Malaysia. Source: Capix450d, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Putrajaya_Walk_tilt_shift.jpg. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic licence.

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Kuala Lumpur City Centre Park, Malaysia. Source: G. MacLean, http://flickr.com/photos/gee01/2887725905/. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic licence.

Tilt_Shift_-_Coimbra_(6195760463)_(2)

Coimbra, Portugal. Source: L. Ciuffo, http://www.flickr.com/photos/leandroneumann/6195760463/. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic licence.

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The Eden Project, St Blazey, Cornwall, England. Source: S. Murray, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:EdenProjectTiltShift.jpg. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic licence.

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The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland. Source: L. Ciuffo, http://www.flickr.com/photos/leandroneumann/6194667863/. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic licence.

Tilt_Shift_de_la_ciudad_de_Brujas

Bruges, West Flanders, Belgium. Source: A. Nieto Porras, http://www.flickr.com/photos/anieto2k/8052737162/. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic licence.

Tilt_Shift_-_Monte-Carlo_(4181555962)

Monte Carlo, Monaco. Source: L. Ciuffo, http://www.flickr.com/photos/leandroneumann/4181555962/. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic licence.

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The 2010 Swedish royal wedding in front of the Royal Palace, Stockholm. Source: i99pema, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Royal_wedding_in_tilt_shift.jpg. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported licence.

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Kungsgatan, Stockholm, Sweden. Source: I99pema, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kungsgatan_tilt_shift.jpg. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported licence.

Taormina

Taormina, Sicily, Italy. Source: L. Ciuffo, http://www.flickr.com/photos/leandroneumann/4181643972/. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic licence.

Lake_Plastira_(tilt-shift)

The northern end of the Lake Plastiras reservoir, Thessaly, Greece. Source: Protnet, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lake_Plastira_%28tilt-shift%29.jpg. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported licence.

Covered Bridge Tilt-Shift 1

A covered bridge over the Yuba River near Grass Valley, California. Source: J. Verive, http://www.flickr.com/photos/67485853@N00/5908862673. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic licence.

Cleveland Clinic Miniature

Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, United States. Source; S. House, http://www.flickr.com/photos/housephotography/1629911472/. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic licence.

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A train crosses an overpass above 6th Street, Charlotte, North Carolina, United States. Source: S. Campbell, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Train_tilt_shift.jpg. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic licence.

University_of_Manitoba,_Administration_Building,_Tilt-Shift_Effect

Administration Building, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Source: Ahmadexp, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:University_of_Manitoba,_Administration_Building,_Tilt-Shift_Effect.jpg. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported licence.

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Southeast corner of Yonge and St. Clair streets, downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Source: Skeezix1000, http://www.flickr.com/photos/51668926@N00/4714149667/. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic licence.

Favela / tiltshift

A Brazilian shantytown, or favela. Source: C. Ferreira, http://www.flickr.com/photos/franciscoferreira/4241371397/. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic licence.

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2 thoughts on “Tilt-Shift Photography Week, Part I


  • I absolutely love tilt shift. It lends itself so well to land and city scapes and structures. Who doesn’t like Lilliputian versions of everything there is on earth?!


    • It reminds me of being a little kid, grabbing every single piece of Lego you can find, and building your own little miniature town. Only here, you get to play around with real landscapes. I can’t wait for Part II when we get to tilt-shifted video.

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