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50 Beautiful Examples Of Tilt-Shift Photography

Tilt-shift photography is a creative and unique type of photography in which the camera is manipulated so that a life-sized location or subject looks like a miniature-scale model. Below we present 50 beautiful examples of tilt-shift photography. All examples are linked to their sources. We strongly encourage you to explore other works of the photographers we’ve featured in this post. [Content Care Nov/08/2016]

To add good miniature effect to your photographs, shoot subjects from a high angle (especially from the air). It creates the illusion of looking down at a miniature model. A camera equipped with a tilt-shift lens, which simulates a shallow depth of field, is essentially all you need to start.

Further Reading on SmashingMag: Link

50 Amazing Examples of Tilt-Shift Photography Link

Vincent Laforet5






Christopher Chan8
Sydney Apple Store Miniature; Fake tilt shift effect applied to a 3xp HDR.


Vesuviano – Nicola De Pisapia9
Model of a model of reality. Vietri sul mare (SA) Italy.




Hanna María & Arnar12


Sir Hsu14




Lachlan Sear19




B Tal




Eric Lafforgue24


Tilt-Shift Photography: It’s A Small World After All


Timmy Toucan26




Hamish Grant














Marin G


tHE PypEr43


Andrew James45


Gérard Pétremand




B Tal48









Shawn S. Ide


Kurtis Perry56








On the photo: Barcelona, Spain.




Timothy Schenck67




Tilt-Shift Videos Link

How To Make Fake Miniature Tilt-Shift Photos? Link

To add good miniature effect to your photographs, shoot subjects from a high angle (especially from the air). It creates the illusion of looking down at a miniature model. A camera equipped with a tilt-shift lens, which simulates a shallow depth of field, is essentially all you need to start.

Resources: Link

And if you don’t have specialized equipment, you can make use of Adobe Photoshop or any other image-editing software. Manipulate the focus in such a way that it gives the image the effect of having been shot with a macro lens. Secondly, increase the saturation and contrast in a way that the color looks like bright paint on a miniature model.


With a very little effort, you can take existing photographs of everyday scenes and make it look like they’re actually of miniature models.

Sources and Resources Link

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Vailancio Rodrigues is a web ninja who bakes semantic muffins. Apart from that he is also interested in Motion Graphics, Visual Effects, Photography and knows little bit of Physics due to his college education . He is from Goa - a beautiful tropical paradise in India.

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    Wow interesting photo technique, intrigued now.

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      I think i will try this technique cause it looks amezing. (i replied to you cause i want to cut the line :D so i am no2. now :))

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    second :):)

    nice article

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    My RSS reader picked up this story with the title: 50 Beautiful Examples of Tilt-Shit Photography

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    There are certainly some fantastic photos in this article. Nice typo in the first h3 element, by the way.

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    My RSS reader picked up this story with the title: 50 Beautiful Examples of Tilt-Shit Photography

    That’s because it says that in the secondary title.

    But these photo’s are beautiful indeed.

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    James De Angelis

    November 16, 2008 3:02 pm

    Might want to re-check the spelling on the H3 there, not sure it’s saying what you want it to :)

    Nice post otherwise!

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    This is a funny technique, but I feel SM is beginning to focus more on quantity and less on quality with all the “X examples of Y”-articles which just lists a ton of photos/videos/links.

    I wouldn’t want to see SM disappear in the endless list of blogs that do this already, so my friendly suggestion is to focus on the more exclusive material that you have here, which made me a regular reader in the first place.

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    November 16, 2008 3:42 pm

    @JN: thanks for your input. You see, we try to cover various topics and every week we try to offer the best mix for everybody. We’ll keep your suggestion in mind, but sometimes it’s just hard to be really good for everybody.

  9. 10

    I’d like to say that I really appreciate the effort that goes into articles like these, I had no idea that such things like Tilt Shift photography existed!

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    The ones with the trains and cars in them were particulary awesome, probably because I’ve been doing my fair share of model railroading as a child. :3

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    Same for me as Jordan Moore.
    I was unaware of such a interesting way of photography! Thanks!

  12. 13

    You continue to bring us great articles.. Smashing Magazine comes up trumps again! I worked out how to do this in photoshop a couple of years ago after seeing the technique in practice on flickr. Love the technique.

  13. 14

    Expanding a bit on what JN said, I think the articles are fine, i just wish you expanded the opinions in each to make the the articles even more interesting and probably the comments a bit juicer, if that makes any sense :P

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    in response to Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz (November 16th, 2008, 3:42 pm) –

    Its great you do so many different things, and I do really like this kind of photography,

    However, I am left feeling like you simply got every single tilt-shift image you could possible find on the internet to make it up to 50.

    I feel it would have been a far better article if all the images were of such a good standard as the better ones, even if there were only 20 or 30 of them.

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    Klaas van Wachteren

    November 16, 2008 6:11 pm

    Interesting. And amazing.

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    Chris Broadfoot

    November 16, 2008 7:59 pm

    I think this article is a real shame — fake miniatures is not the only application of tilt-shift photography, and is really quite gimmicky.

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    I havent seen photos like these since the beata 1983 collection.

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    3/4 of these are awesome. I have a few that could beat out your bottom percentile.

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    The definition of tilt-shift photography is incredibly inaccurate.

    Tilt-shifting is a reference to the fact that the focal plane is tilted (top to bottom) or shifted (left to right) so that the plane is no longer parallel to the camera. An after affect of which can be the surrealistic mini described.

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    Josh (above) beat me to the punch. These photos are simply using a tilt-shift lens (or photoshop to fake the effect). You will find that tilt-shift lenses are used in many disciplines of photography including skateboarding, rock climbing and fashion.


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    This was been posted on digg repeatedly for the last year. What are you doing? clearing the comments and reposting a couple months later? this is getting really old. The last two times this article showed up on digg there were dozens of comments about fake fake images, ie: some of the supposed miniatures are in fact real photos of real places. I dont know about this, to be honest Im just reporting what others said the last time.

    The only real gripe I have is that whoever wrote this article continues to post it in digg every few months. Im very curious about this activity on digg. There are many blogs that continue to COPY ARTICLE, DELETE OLD ARTICLE, PASTE ARTICLE so that the comments are deleted, the timestamp is recent and people think its “new and fresh.” From what Ive seen, anything you see on digg at any given time that isnt a current event article, has a 50/50 shot of being a repost of something from last year or even older!

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    This is an awesome technique I’ve never seen before. Pretty inspiring. Thanx.

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    stuff in those image look like a toys

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    wow .. i like it .. please give us more of this set ..

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    @horuzzz: You’re a real smartass… This IS about real photos that look like miniatures… Geez…

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    Like others I was unaware of this technique, and am very pleased to have it brought to my attention. In places it is stunningly effective, but quite often the blurring that takes place in the refocusing element of the technique can distract to the extent that it takes away from the picture. While a couple do not achieve the required effect at all and just look like a picture with lots of blurry bits.

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    great post

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    Nice post!!!!!!! Great!

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    While many of the above are interesting uses of the miniature effect of an extreme upward tilt, I don’t like using “Tilt-Shift” as the title of this group. The primary use of view camera movements is to create perspective corrected images with deep focus, near and far.

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    Nice article. This is a very curious effect.

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    Some very nice examples. Some though, don’t work that well.

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    Sadly this article really is just a bit of digg-bait. Some of the examples are very well done but there are several photos that really just aren’t good examples.

    I agree with a couple of the posters above about quantity over quality. The last article I read here was informative and well written about tidying up your coding practice. That was good. While I understand the need to cater to a large audience, SM should really try to make less of these digg type lists if they want the blog to stand out from the crowd.

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    Wow..*picks jaw from desk :)

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    WOW… incredible great job!

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    It seems a tilt shift lens is not “essentially all you need to start.”.
    I’m sorry but most of these TS’s are badly faked or just poor quality, there are some great examples of TS in there but they are spoilt. Again as stated quality over quantity guys.
    Name to shame (not towards the artists but to editorial needing to fill the quota) :

    Nicola De Pisapia
    Lachlan Sear
    B Tal
    Eric Lafforgue
    Timmy Toucan
    patrix – *horrible
    tHE PypEr
    Shawn S. Ide
    ….not all the fakes but the others are good enough to pass.

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    Andreas Overland

    November 17, 2008 5:57 am

    Few of these, if any, show signs of shift, and most of them are photoshop-tilts. “A few selective blur in PhotoShop photographs” would be even more accurate title.

    There are loads of very beautiful and artistic tilt/shift photographs around. Should be enough to make a wonderful 50-photographs post.

    A few examples at:
    Tilt&Shift Group on Flickr

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    Very nice! I’m always wondering how much photomanipulation is used with this type of photography.

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    generally when the band of focus is relatively small both in terms of narrowness and scope, the effect is fake, and there are indeed a number of photos in there where the t/s is created in ps. Focus can and tends to be a little more sporadic on the actual “film/digital” plane when using the lenses. And combining both tilt and shift is a bit gimmicky and has some specific uses, but it’s too bad you left out explanations and examples of why these lenses and technique (tilt and shift separately) is used beyond creating miniature worlds.

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    Wow, it is a great collection. Thank you.

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    As a couple people already pointed out, this article’s description of tilt-shift is misguided. Tilt shift photography is most commonly used in commercial and achitectural photography to correct perspective and bring the focal plane in line with the subject. It is really interesting, however, to see it used in this manner!

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    Most of these are pretty good, but you can tell the fakes done by the folks who don’t get how this works. Faking it is more than just blurring everything but a narrow band, because that can result in fakes that don’t work. The top-down view of the Apple Store, for example, doesn’t work because it’s just a clear middle with blurred surrounding. There’s a bridge one that doesn’t work either, because part of the top of the bridge is blurred even though it’s the same distance from the clear part below, and closer than the far shore of the river, part of which is clear.

    Everything that’s the same distance from the camera should be clear for the effect to work, I think.

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    wow! before I read the description what tilt-shift photo is, I thought these pics are the shot of miniature model!

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    Total misconception of TS lenses. Tilt lens can make these effects, but most of these in here were made with photoshop masking. Come on, there are really nice image out there using TS lenses, not these…

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    more like “5 beautiful examples of tilt-shift photography and 45 beautiful examples of Photoshop” – hahaha. very resourceful post! Thank you!

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    I love this stuff

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    This article is shameful if only because it specifies “Tilt Shift Photography” in the title, not “Tilt Shift Photoshop and Photography”. The worst part of is that any TS photographer can usually spot a fake a split second after looking at the image.

    If it’s not photography just say so, there’s nothing wrong with doing it in photoshop if that’s your game. Just don’t tell unwitting readers that it’s something it’s not.

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    Mr. Laforet is an amazing photographer. ’nuff said. =)

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    Another example

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    I played using photoshop, because I don’t own a special tilt-shift lense :)

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    Somebody needs to get some shots like this at Legoland!

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    November 17, 2008 7:01 pm

    WOW~ Very nice!

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    Brian Talbot (B Tal)

    November 17, 2008 7:30 pm

    Great collection! This is really some fun inspiration.

    I noticed that you used my Fenway Park tilt-shift but gave credit to someone who had re-used my work without asking permission first. Would you folks kindly mind linking back to the appropriate original source? I hate to be a stickler, but would really appreciate setting things straight.

    Thanks for including me in this list – its a real honor. If anyone has any questions or would like to know more about the Fenway or Beach shots, please just give a holler.

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    sigh… my apologies to Timmy Toucan, I wanted to say that the image attributed to “It’s A Small World After All” wasn’t correct. please do excuse my bumbles.


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    “The last two times this article showed up on digg there were dozens of comments about fake fake images, ie: some of the supposed miniatures are in fact real photos of real places. I dont know about this, to be honest Im just reporting what others said the last time.”

    Oh wow. Smashing manages to attract some pretty ignorant comments but this is one of the best I’ve read.

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    Ignatz Horowitz

    November 18, 2008 7:23 am

    I don’t know which is worse…this, or the “fantastic HDR” post.

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    i dont care whether or not the concept is misinterpreted. I love the work that went into the pieces!! Stunning :) Keep up the good work guys

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    very cool pictures and videos!

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    “The last two times this article showed up on digg there were dozens of comments about fake fake images, ie: some of the supposed miniatures are in fact real photos of real places (..)”

    – hahaha, will leave it without even commenting…

    But anyway, I don’t like the dummy blur made in photoshop

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    Very nice photos, excellent photo technique and nice videos….. I like it

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    I like the tilt-shift models, it very good and goes good with home country. Nice!

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    So cool! I wish I knew how to do that!

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    Some pretty amazing images, something new to try!

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    Wow…i didn’t know people were so touchy about photography..I wonder, why I am even here, but then I just remembered that a lot of these pictures look exactly like toy models and this effect might not be a camera, but a program–say photoshop?

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    I like it ))

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    wow… it’s awesome

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    o m g….
    thesse pics are like sooo totally amazing!!!!!

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    Cameron Davidson

    December 21, 2008 4:31 pm

    All that is old is new again.

    Tilt shift has been a round for quite a while

    Olivo Barbieri is an Italian photographer who has been shooting tilt/shift aerials for a long-time. Mark Tucker is a master at it, but has shifted (no pun intended) his focus. Claude Vasquez was shooting 4×5 Tilt/Shift portraits in the late eighties.

    Nice technique for the right subject, but it is starting or has looked gimmicky for quite a while.

    Personally, I would not be caught dead having a tilt/shift image in my book.

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    Nathan Saxman

    January 21, 2009 4:07 pm

    this could be using a lensbaby too

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    simply,,,,, amazing

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    This is absolutely amazing. I love the miniature scale it applies to everything. I really hooked and i want to try doing some photos myself

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    That picture is very amazing, I like that. I think my father like that, too because my father’s job is a pothographer. He He

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    Thiago Alexandre

    May 10, 2009 12:40 pm

    Nice photographys! This is a very curious effect.

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    Here is my first attempt at emulated tilt-shift. I am pretty pleased with the result. It is from Liseberg, a theme park in Sweden.

    Liseberg i miniatyr

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    Really fantastic technique (w photoshop), and simple. I managed to do a nice one on the second try :)

    But! This link doesn’t work anymore: “Do-It-Yourself Tutorial: Tilt-Shift Lens” (Create a tilt-shift lens yourself if you can’t afford to buy one)

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    Another example of Tilt Shift combined with time lapse, like the Bathtub videos…

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    THE IMAGES ARE FABULOUS, when I saw I could not believe CHANGES ARE REALLY GOOD.


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    Tilt-shift photography uses very specific position/angle-shifting lenses, these use photoshop. Big difference. They are rad, i love them, but they aren’t tilt-shift. In fact, i believe they only simulate tilting, while shifting involves geometric perspective, not depth of field. Can we call them “fake tilt-shifts” at least, or simulated miniatures or smallgantics or whatever. How about “microshopped” or “puny-fied”? I just feel bad for all of the photographers out there who spent many thousands of dollars out there on the real deal. ;)

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      I agree with citizenVern.
      Only some of them look to me like “real tilt-shifts”. I’m not an expert and I might be wrong, but some of them really look like badly photoshopped “normal” pictures.

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        There are a few which imitate real tilt shift but as the previous poster has said, these are fake images done through editing. There are two easy ways to tell if the effect was done through the lens. The first is that the line of focus must be in a straight line but not necessarily horizontal. The second is that if you follow the line of focus, the background and foreground which is out of focus should be out of focus right up against the objects in focus. It does not fade out of focus as these do. In order to recreate this in PS properly, you need to composite multiple images. The “Joe’s Crab Shack” tries to imitate this look but forgot to blur the parking lot that peeks through between the sign and the building.

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          I agree, the majority look as though they are taken with a Lensbaby to narrow the field of focus. They are nothing like a shift lens which corrects (or exagerates) vertical lines. Ther a a very few which have used the technique successfully, the majority make me feel sick / giddy as they are so unreal.

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    Nice dude.. Nice sharing! I’m starting learning the tilt shift photography. I have no expensive lens as of now (the cost is insane)… can you share some tools or software to make tilt shift?

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    Corey Lansdell

    November 17, 2009 8:38 am

    Very interesting photographic technique that I was completely unaware of! So fun…It’s amazing how a technique can take a regular scene and transform it into something compelling and unusual! Thanks for sharing these.


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    very interesting pictures ….keep up the good work

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    wow! nice. good ones.

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    photo collection of nice things .. I so want to learn photography

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    one or sub-pages as you like and manage all of your content inside of WordPress.

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    This is very cool. I have never heard of tilt-shift photography before. . .

    Sad thought: I guess it’s too late to get a tsp of the space shuttle taking off.


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    Why would you want to do that? Frankly I thought the pictures were more apt for a 10 year old with an instamatic. Sorry, but I come from a generation of photographers who want crisp and in-focus images. Ansel Adams would be turning in his grave.

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      Yay, Im glad I found one person that thinks that photographs should be in focus.

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    Steve Livinston

    October 7, 2010 5:54 pm

    Um? after it become so structured and repeatable the effect almost intsantly becomes a cliche. Like many photoshop or camera techniques you need a concept first and the a technique to say it best. HDR is another classic effect looking for a concept. With any effect after you are clearly not presenting a realistic representation of a scene you had better had some sort of depth to the concept beyond wow that’s cool!. At least most of the time anyway./

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    Shashank Shekhar Das

    November 14, 2010 10:09 pm

    AOTA are marvelous just a query are all of this using the tilt shift lens?

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    Shashank Shekhar Das

    November 14, 2010 10:12 pm

    AOTA are marvelous…, being n armature, its just a query, are all of this using the tilt shift lens?

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    Who cares what Ansel Adams would think? Last time I checked, Ansel was dead. If you don’t like fake tilt-shift photos, or real tilt shift photos, or if you are a member of that stuck-up, cranky, stick-in-the-mud generation that demands only “crisp and in-focus images” then why are you seeking out these images in the first place? And who are you to say that ALL photographs must be composed and executed just like a bunch of dead photographers? The point is, nobody asked you.

    Ansel Adams didn’t have Photoshop, and we can only speculate as to how he would feel about things like fake tilt-shift, but why would that even matter in the first place? Yes it is gimmicky, and yes, it is done with software and not a real tilt-shift lens. But again, who cares? If it brings pleasure to a lot of people, and doesn’t harm anyone, there really is no valid reason for you to dump all over other people’s art. The people who like this kind of thing won’t care, and the killjoys who agree with you are a bunch of uptight pantloads anyway. Remember this: your objections and criticism are nothing more than your opinion, and my opinion is your opinion sucks.

    So, thanks for letting the world know what you don’t care for. Now you are free to roam the web enjoying a very narrow range of rigidly-defined art by dead masters while raining on everyone’s parade.

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      Back in Ansel’s day, they would’ve said “Nice work, but obviously dark-roomed!”

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    I would have like to seen the normal shot in parallel to the tilt shift for comparison as for most i see miniature though some one i showed saw images for what they are

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    Arlean Tibbit

    July 3, 2011 6:19 pm

    amazing, this is such a great website!!!!!

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    Que fotos de mierda.. haciendola toda borrosa creen darle calidad a una toma??
    que boludes

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    Most of the pics are really great. But, umm….isn’t that a brick wall in the background of the scene that’s supposed to be Nice, France? It’s the 21st pic down and looks like somone’s model set using a short focal length. Not a true tilt-shift.

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    Of the two conflicting messages, one from LittleGorm and the other from Curt, neither is well thought out. Adams did indeed strive for sharpness and detail. That is what he did, and he did it very well. But I don’t recall that he was against new modes of expression or technique. That’s what his Zone System was. I don’t think he’s turning over in his grave.

    As a workshop participant about 45 years ago, I was privileged to learn from Adams, and to sit in the evening with others in Adams’ back yard in Yosemite, talking with him. He didn’t strike me as a judgmental man at all. Not one who would denounce a new branch of photography, unless perhaps it was poorly done (as I saw was the case with several of the prints I’d brought with me).

    This tilt-shift thing seems to be a very powerful tool, as shown in the wonderful photos above, all of which succeed. But it could also be used to make junk, as sometimes seen in the “print it badly, mount it crooked, and call it art” crowd. To succeed, a fine photograph cannot be merely an accident–it must carry out your purpose for making it.

    It’s good to explore new things, to find new forms of expression. But Curt’s calling practitioners and defenders of existing, highly developed, forms “killjoys” who have “uptight pantloads” misses widely. As if his path were the only one worth traveling. I’m glad that photography is such a broad endeavor!

    I’m led to wonder whether Adams ever tried this? He may well have, though sharpness was his tool. He had plenty of lenses that tilted and shifted.

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    prakash wahurwagh

    May 4, 2012 2:15 pm

    hi now i understood the hollywood s dark secrete of movies ….how they destroy buildings or cars or railway stations or a big bunch of people…but this is amazing and film makers must be happy to recive this technique of photgraphy……i am happy to know this……best of luck and thanx i wonder one day we ( camera) would be able to see in all eight directions simultatneously and we could feel it simultaneously in a one frame of time line.

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    Karl Blessing

    October 2, 2012 4:54 am

    The one by Vesuviano is not tilt-shift, if you click on the link to the flickr account he(or she) actually says it was done in photoshop not with a lens.

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    Tilt photos are great, but that is easily accomplished with PS or lensbaby or whatever.
    I would like to see the image quality near the border of SHIFTED photos.

    • 107

      A tit shift lens in the hands of a real professional can do so much more than making things look miniature. Many uses of the T/S can not be duplicated with photoshop especially if you are printing the image. Only ignorant photographers diminish the value of these specialized lenses. These lenses are used by the best pro landscape, architectural and fine art photographers in the world. (and most photographers don’t even realize it)


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