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Take a break

By TanyaH
Yes, I know - it's not the best. But it's the first time I've tried the tilt-shift effect in Photoshop Smile The M1 probably isn't the best choice of subject, neither is the black and white treatment (or the grain, or the crop, or ... Grin) But you get my drift hopefully.

It was taken on a point and shoot compact, so not necessarily thought about at the time but I've tried to do something 'interesting' with it, as well as learn a new post-processing technique (trust me, the original is boring as hell!).

I've included the EXIF info as much as I can, but to be honest I can't even remember what setting I had it on.

Feedback would be appreciated - even if you hate it, it would be good to know why!


Tags: Transport Van Black and white Digitally manipulated Tilt-shift Sports and action

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8 Apr 2014 4:35PM
The contrast of the black and white image is great, but I'm not so sure about the sudden loss of depth of field. It's almost as though the lorry is heading for some sort of barrier and it doesn't look right. Perhaps not the best subject for the technique?

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TanyaH Plus
14 1.3k 389 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2014 4:36PM
I've uploaded the original image (resized to the 1000 pixels wide allowance) if anyone wants to have a play.
TanyaH Plus
14 1.3k 389 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2014 4:38PM
Thanks John - I know what you're saying and completely agree (this sort of thing is what happens when I get bored!). Maybe I should have called it the 'Bermuda M1' instead Grin
costas Plus
10 2 2 Greece
8 Apr 2014 4:48PM
The original has a good vanishing point although a bit central, and that BMW is holding the traffic lol
banehawi Plus
13 1.6k 3722 Canada
8 Apr 2014 5:06PM
Its just too tight Tanya.

I uploaded your original with the tilt shift blur, applied at the default setting in CS6, using the entire image. I think its more convincing, - what do you think?

It seems to work fine with the longer image.


pamelajean Plus
11 1.0k 1944 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2014 9:52PM
Well done for having a go, Tanya.
This is also known as Miniature Faking or Diorama Illusion.

Like Willie, I have used your original for my modification. Firstly, because the effect works better on a wider scene and, secondly, because I feel that colour is important for the tilt-shift effect because you are attempting to make the image look like a model, and a model will usually be in colour, often quite strong colours.

My first impression is that you have the right kind of image, a partial aerial view. However, the effect tends to work better on MORE of an aerial view, just as if you were looking directly down upon a model village or the like. The sort of image you might take from the top of a building. You do need to be high up, looking over, as you are here, so you have done well. You need a wide view and a scene that doesn't have a lot going on in it, then you decide upon the interesting part to leave unblurred.

In PaintshopPro I have a feature called "Depth Of Field" which is ideal for the tilt-shift effect, and I can choose a shape for the focused area, or draw it freehand, then decide upon the amount of blur I want outside of it. See my modification.
What you also need is for the focused area to be good and sharp, so I sharpened just the lorry.

What you have produced here just looks like selective focusing achieved by the use of a shallow depth of field. You have the foreground in focus and the background blurred, which doesn't give the tilt-shift effect.
A common technique for making an image of a full-size scene resemble an image of a miniature model is to have the image progressively blurred from the center to the top or bottom, simulating the blurring due to the limited DoF of a typical image of a miniature, but it's also effective if you choose one area and just blur the rest.

Hunt through your files for a suitable image and give it a try....have fun.

TanyaH Plus
14 1.3k 389 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2014 9:45AM
Hi Wilie and Pamela - thanks to you both for taking the time to comment and upload a mod, both of which are a huge improvement on mine! Grin

I had originally applied the default setting in CS6, although to my eyes it didn't look 'right', and the blue truck on the left just seemed to blend into insignificance, hence the radical crop from the original format. However, I can definitely see from your mods that the original wider format does indeed work better.

Hmm ... food for thought, as they say! I love the effect of the miniature world, but definitely needs to practice my technique Smile

Thanks again.
paulbroad 10 123 1177 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2014 8:22PM
Simply the sudden blur top and bottom. Just doesn't work. I would tend to leave these effects alone.

TanyaH Plus
14 1.3k 389 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2014 2:23PM
Thanks Paul - I appreciate your honesty Smile
PaulMillar 6 83 2 Scotland
30 Apr 2014 6:15PM
Look cool they look like a miniature view.....

PranavMishra 5 52 17 India
25 Mar 2015 12:11AM
well captured image.. and dof is superb.. making the things unclear upfront.. but about past certainly..

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