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Playing with the tilt technique to make scenes look like model world. If you want to know how to do this I've put up quick Photoshop and Gimp tutorials here:
Using Photoshop to create to model tilt/shift scenes
Using Gimp to create to model tilt/shift scenes
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Camera:Pentax K10D Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Lens:Pentax 12-24mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Toy Town
Username:Pete Pete
Uploaded:13 Oct 2009 - 10:37 PM
Tags:Architecture, Landscape / travel, Transport
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stephenscott
13 Oct 2009 - 10:53 PM

great work...

steve...

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13 Oct 2009 - 10:57 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Interesting effect. Just wonder if cropping the sky out would add more to the effect and pull the eye into the main focus more.

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riprap007
riprap007  101568 forum posts England37 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2009 - 10:59 PM

At last, a use for the linked articles!
it's always a good one the tilt shift toy look, and I find it very difficult to tell which are the PS ones and which the real mccoy these days too...

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TeresaH
TeresaH  91116 forum posts United Kingdom
13 Oct 2009 - 11:08 PM

I thought it was toy town!

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Pete
Pete Site Moderator 1318443 forum postsPete vcard ePz Advertiser England96 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2009 - 11:12 PM

Thanks so far

Quote: Interesting effect. Just wonder if cropping the sky out would add more to the effect and pull the eye into the main focus more.

Good suggestion

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aitchbrown
aitchbrown e2 Member 8247 forum postsaitchbrown vcard United Kingdom
13 Oct 2009 - 11:24 PM

At first, opening the image from thumb, I thought ahah, new member.. then the image centralised itself and focused and I thought, lensbaby, and then........ no....... someone has actually dialed all the right numbers in perfect combination into the camera and, well... now it's a wow... inch perfect, down a very well defined and chunky tube of definition.... likes it....likes it alotish...

helen

Last Modified By aitchbrown at 13 Oct 2009 - 11:26 PM

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fauxtography
13 Oct 2009 - 11:42 PM

Do it in camera Wink

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Pete
Pete Site Moderator 1318443 forum postsPete vcard ePz Advertiser England96 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2009 - 11:49 PM

Thanks Helen Smile

Quote: Do it in camera

I'm sure many users can't justify the luxury of a tilt shift lens Mark. I try to inspire people to do things that doesn't cost the earth.

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fauxtography
13 Oct 2009 - 11:52 PM

That's why i buy gear like that used Smile

A luxury? I depends on what you want to do with it I guess, for some it may be, but for others it is important to have a lens that just does what it does.

I'm not being antagonistic, and my original post was a tad toungue in cheek, but calling it a "luxury" is being a bit disingenuous, and overall i think your tone was a bit out of order. I traded in a couple of rarely used lenses to get it, that were themselves cheaper items, but given their actual amount of use they were far more like luxury items.

Last Modified By fauxtography at 14 Oct 2009 - 12:06 AM

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Pete
Pete Site Moderator 1318443 forum postsPete vcard ePz Advertiser England96 Constructive Critique Points
14 Oct 2009 - 12:17 AM

Sorry not intended...it's the way you read it. I saw you added a wink and know what you meant.

I was not having a pop at you I just wanted to add that in camera it cannot be done cheaply...and I originally used the words "cannot afford a shift lens" and changed before adding the comment - maybe people can afford but find it a luxury.

Oh the beauty of the written word Wink

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croberts  102160 forum posts Ireland8 Constructive Critique Points
14 Oct 2009 - 12:25 AM

Photoshop probably costs as much as a used Tilt and Shift lens.....

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Pete
Pete Site Moderator 1318443 forum postsPete vcard ePz Advertiser England96 Constructive Critique Points
14 Oct 2009 - 12:32 AM


Quote: Photoshop probably costs as much as a used Tilt and Shift lens.....

True, but Gimp is free

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riprap007
riprap007  101568 forum posts England37 Constructive Critique Points
14 Oct 2009 - 12:35 AM

wish you could get a tilt and shift lens with the same sort of student discount that you can get for PS!

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photophantom
14 Oct 2009 - 3:48 AM

great work Pete, thanks for the links
Dennis

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C_Daniels
C_Daniels  9399 forum posts England10 Constructive Critique Points
14 Oct 2009 - 6:34 AM

where was this taken Pete....? Saw a tutorial in a mag recently so might give it a go, looks fun...

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andy210966
14 Oct 2009 - 7:13 AM

Hi Pete

An interesting effect, which I have seen before, nicely executed with an effective result.

Andy

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Pete Site Moderator 1318443 forum postsPete vcard ePz Advertiser England96 Constructive Critique Points
14 Oct 2009 - 7:55 AM


Quote: Where was this taken Pete

Hamburg, but any city would provide this sort of subject, as long as you can find a high vantage point.

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chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England240 Constructive Critique Points
14 Oct 2009 - 8:14 AM

I prefer the cropped version Pete but the original gives a better feeling of the vastness of the image.I think it's just that band of light sky that spoils V1...using the scroll bar it does look better without it as has been mentioned,there's another,not quite so harsh,crop in there somewhere.
Thanks for the tutorial..maybe I could create a 'shroom world Wink

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
14 Oct 2009 - 8:47 AM

very clever work, I particularly like the crop of v2 which imo works best.

Linda

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C_Daniels
C_Daniels  9399 forum posts England10 Constructive Critique Points
14 Oct 2009 - 11:07 AM

just having a second look and agree about version 2 being the better. The blurring effect kind of dominates in version 1 which is not really the main interest within the image...?

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Pete
Pete Site Moderator 1318443 forum postsPete vcard ePz Advertiser England96 Constructive Critique Points
14 Oct 2009 - 12:36 PM


Quote: Thanks for the tutorial..maybe I could create a 'shroom world

Absolutely...and you'd be the first...make sure the shroom is a smaller part of the scene and you're looking down at an angle to it rather than head on. Should work well

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Glynn  81169 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Oct 2009 - 9:17 PM

Mmmm small is beautiful Wink
V2 does have the better impact

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Phil_Restan
18 Oct 2009 - 9:55 AM

Prefer V2, there just seems to be too much blur in V1, but great effect which I would have thought had been don in camera.


Quote: Photoshop probably costs as much as a used Tilt and Shift lens

Not sure a tilt and shift does layers as well as PS Smile

Phil

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Scaramanga e2 Member 637 forum postsScaramanga vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
21 Oct 2009 - 4:36 PM

I really like this effect and will have to have a go at it thanks pete.

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Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315350 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
25 Oct 2009 - 8:44 PM

Not bad Pete.

Of course you could take this a step further.

Mount the camera on a tripod, take a a few hundred shots. set up an action in Photoshop, processing all the images at once, the combine them into an animation.

There`s a nifty little free progam on the net called JPGVideo, google it. Fast and effective, simply tell it how many frames you want per second and it does the rest.

Can`t help feeling the greens of the tree`s could do with a little more processing for that toy town feel.

Last Modified By Paul Morgan at 25 Oct 2009 - 8:50 PM

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MickS  9 England14 Constructive Critique Points
30 Oct 2009 - 11:07 PM

Watcha Pete,
love it, excellent bit of work, looks similar to the effects of lens movements on LF cameras.
best
Mick

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tigertimb
tigertimb  640 forum posts United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
5 Nov 2009 - 12:31 PM

Great work and #2 is particularly effective with the model feel.
Tim

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DiegoDesigns
20 Feb 2010 - 7:23 PM

I prefer the second version, probably because it's scope is more restricted and thus 'believable'.

Dave

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