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That’s not real, is it?

A few years back, I discovered a form of photography which makes everyday objects and environments look like miniatures – after a little digging online, I learnt it was called ’tilt shift photography’. The video below is a stunning example of this technique.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_height_percent=”0″ override_padding=”yes” h_padding=”2″ top_padding=”0″ bottom_padding=”2″ overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ shift_y=”0″][vc_column column_width_use_pixel=”yes” overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ medium_width=”0″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ z_index=”0″ width=”1/1″ column_width_pixel=”800px”][vc_single_image media=”54597″ media_width_percent=”100″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column column_width_use_pixel=”yes” overlay_alpha=”50″ gutter_size=”3″ medium_width=”0″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ z_index=”0″ column_width_pixel=”800px”][vc_column_text]

Some tilt shift attempts

Shortly after discovering it, I picked up a Canon EOS 550d and decided to try it for myself. Tilt shift works best when photos are taken from an elevated angle, looking down on well-lit objects, animals or people. For video, a time lapse effect can also make a huge difference as demonstrated above. The following are a few of the shots I have experimented with.

 

Lesson Street Tilt Shift
Leeson Street, Dublin

 

St. Stephen's Green Tilt Shift
St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin

 

Grand Canal Tilt Shift
Grand Canal, Dublin

 

Sorrento Tilt Shift
Sorrento, Italy

 

Positano Beach Tilt Shift
Positano, Italy

 

Positano Sea Tilt Shift
Positano, Italy

 

Next, video

That’s it for now – I’m hoping to try it out on video some time soon. On that note, there is an ad campaign for Tesco currently running in Ireland that uses this technique. Back when I worked in advertising, I always said I would make a commercial using tilt shift some day. Looks like somebody beat me to it!

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