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Photography for the Little People

Art & Design

New Tilt-Shift technique makes the world look like a Lionel train set village. Huh! Small world!

We just find this super-cool. Tilt-Shift miniature faking, as it’s called, is a technique in which a photograph of a life-size location is manipulated to give the optical illusion of it being a miniature scale model-you know, like those nifty little models of buildings that architects do up. Or the creepy little Main Streets that toy train set nerds create surrounding the tracks and tunnels. The pictures have to be taken from a high angle to simulate the effect of looking down upon a miniature. It’s a focus manipulation thing too, which works best looking over buildings, trains, cars and pedestrians in the streets. We aren’t going to try to explain this. But take a look at our samples of the technique,  and if you want to learn how to do it, go to this link for a tutorial:

Below, Sam O’Hare’s “The Sandpit” – A day in the life of New York City, in miniature. Winner of the Prix Ars Electronica Award of Distinction 2010.