PHOTO FRIDAY: See Miniature Burien Through "Tilt-Shifted" Eyes Of A Giant

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Today’s “Photo Friday” involves some creative trickery from Pro Photographer Francis Zera, who spent an afternoon using a “Tilt-Shift Lens” to capture images of everyday locations of Burien, but in ways that make them look miniaturized.

According to Francis:

Tilt-shift photography has apparently become the latest thing in the back alleys of Flickr, but as a genre it is absolutely nothing new; it’s long been a capability of most any camera with a bellows and a tilt and/or shift mechanism to correct for angular distortion. Think Ansel Adams with his 4×5 camera. The use of the elaborate mechanisms allows the photographer to correct for any number of perspective issues without needing to move the camera around, which is really handy if limited to a particular viewpoint or working in a tight studio. On a 35mm camera, tilt-shift lenses can be rotated on the camera to allow the shift and tilts to be used in different focal planes to effect the required corrections.

Francis used his Canon EOS 5D Mark II with a Tilt-Shift lens.

Generating the look of the images in this week’s gallery was done by actually using the lenses incorrectly, which results in a very fine line of focus across with a lovely graduated blur on either side. The end result frequently gives the subject of the photos the look of miniatures. As tilt-shift lenses for 35mm cameras are both quite expensive and somewhat esoteric, the effect is often replicated using software. But software can only do so much; there’s nothing like the real thing.

There are other, secret tricks to capturing images to give this illusion, and if we told you, Francis has said he’d make us feel really miniature – so we won’t.

Instead, we’ll just show you what he shot:

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2 Responses to “PHOTO FRIDAY: See Miniature Burien Through "Tilt-Shifted" Eyes Of A Giant”
  1. Jim Branson says:

    Nice pictures, but now I have an annoying song stuck in my head.

    “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful do for a neighbor, would you be mine….”

    Maybe if I infect others with this meme, it will leave my head.

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  2. Coverofnight says:

    I like the beach picture the best. Cool technique; would be fun to learn how it’s done. For Jim, listen to some disco from KC and the Sunshine Band – it’ll get rid of that annoying song right away, but beware, those songs stay in your head for a week!

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