Thursday, May 14, 2009

Tilt Shift

I'm so in love with this website that Rachel posted on her blog. It's called Tilt Shift Maker and it enables common folk like myself, that don't have a specially designed tilt shift camera to create beautiful photos that look like they are miniatures. After I spent way more time than I care to admit using the site, here are a few of my favorites...

Rome + Cairo


East Greenland


Reykjavik

The trick is to find photos where the focus is on the foreground with a large depth of field and it also helps if there is some height. I'd still like to try bokeh.

I really need to decide what kind of camera to get, which was my birthday gift way back in January. Any recommendations?

11 comments:

CraftyRachel said...

Yours are so great! I knew you'd have amazing travel pics to work with, and a good eye, as always. I can't pick a favorite...maybe the red houses in Greenland. or the boats.

Bluefish said...

That's so great! Thanks for sharing the website.

Abby said...

Beautiful! The ones from Iceland are my favorites! x

Emily said...

Rachel...
Thanks so much for the site and your compliments. Now I want to tilt shift EVERYTHING or take photos specifically so I can use this - it could get dangerous.

Bluefish...
Have fun with it!

Abby...
We need to start our monthly photo scavenger hunt again!

Michelle said...

Hi,

Nice photos! What are you looking for in a camera and what are you using now? I have always been a Canon fan and took the plunge in Jan 2008 to upgrade from the Ixus to the D30 DSLR. I love it but it has taken some time to figure out! I saw you already have the Rebel which some of my friends have and love - it takes excellent pictures as well. Looks like your photos are excellent with whatever you are using now - maybe you should get accessories instead of a new camera?
Michelle

Anonymous said...

Hi Emily,
This tiltshift thing is interesting. I'll find some time figuring out how to make mine too :) Thanks for posting something cute as always.

Oom
P.S. it's time to visit Salzburg again ;-)

Emily said...

Michelle...
I have the ancient 35mm rebel, so I do have a lens, but I'm definitely willing to look at what else is out there. The camera I have been using is just a point and shoot, so there aren't really accessories that are worth getting.

Your photos are beautiful and I LOVE that maßtisch you recently got. Maybe I need your camera and your table too.

Oom...
I'm glad you like it! - Now I want to make everything miniature.

If you're in Salzburg at the same time as me, we'll have to catch up with each other. They were just changing out the gardens last week.

The Lil Bee said...

I absolutely love this! Such a great find:)

Emily said...

The Lil Bee...
You'll have to make a few, but they are definitely addicting - the results are just wonderful.

Lise Johnston said...

I am researching cameras right now myself after our beloved Canon bit the dust by having its LCD screen die earlier this week. Thank goodness it didn't happen while we were traveling.

Anyway, I am really like the Canon Rebel T2i/550D ($899 with kit lens 18-55mm). It has the technical specs of a much more expensive DSLR, but is in the body of a cheaper DSLR and includes a lot of user friendly features of an entry level DSLR so you can grow with the camera, be automatic when you want to and play with it when you want to.

We're also looking for a cheap point and shoot to fit in a pocket and take everywhere. Its going to be an expensive couple of months.

These two reviews were helpful:

http://digital-photography-school.com/canon-eos-t2i-550d-review

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canoneos550d/

Emily said...

Thanks so much Lise! The Rebels are so user friendly. I really need to look into that more. Hopefully I'd still know how to use it!

Sometimes I go on flickr and search by camera types to see what the cameras are capable of, but who knows how much editing goes into the images people post. Then of course I see great photos and the lens alone costs $2,500 - not a cheap hobby!

I can't wait to hear what you choose for your point and shoot, too.