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Mini Mountains (II)

By DRicherby
Another of my occasional fake tilt/shift images. This is Estes Park, Colorado, a bustling little resort town at the foot of the Rockies. The town is at an altitude of 8,000ft and the moutains in the distance rise above 14,000ft, so still have deep snow cover even in late June.

I'm not sure this is quite as effective as the other two fake tilt-shifts I've uploaded ( here and here ), possibly because the road sloping up to the camera makes the viewer feel more a part of the scene and possibly because the range of sharp focus is rather large and doesn't include any large objects that look obviously like models. In any case, I'm rather pleased with the shot and I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on it.

I discovered two fun facts while writing this: Estes Park contains the hotel that inspired Stephen King's The Shining and the road in the photograph is, appropriately but immodestly, named Wonderview Avenue. (Well, OK, not entirely appropriately, since an Avenue is supposed to be lined by trees. But you know what I mean.)

All comments and criticism welcome.


Friday, 19th June, 2009.
40mm, f/5.6, 1/1600s, ISO-400.

(Yes, the ISO is too high. The drive up to Estes Park goes through a dark-ish canyon and I'd had to push up the ISO to get fast enough shutter speeds on that road. Looks like I forgot to turn it back down.)

Tags: Colorado Rockies Digitally manipulated Rocky mountains Landscape and travel Road trip Fake tilt-shift Estes park

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JOKEN 11 3 10 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2010 1:15PM
Recalls a memory for me - our motel, last June, was just on the left. I like this shot apart from the location being at the start of our Rockies hliday

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Zoundz 11 25 1 Ireland
19 Mar 2010 1:16PM
I do love these sorts of shots - and they are something I want to try more of myself, I did a few years ago, and none since! Smile I think this is a fine example myself!

Daisymaye 11 23 16 Canada
19 Mar 2010 1:28PM
I'm not familiar with the tilt shift, will have to check it out. Nice capture of this lovely area............Sandy
tigertimb 12 40 66 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2010 4:39PM
Nicely done Dave and certainly feels like a miniature and a great shot too with that lovely view to the mountains behind.
The effect would obviously be stronger with a shallower DOF, but I think it works nicely already.
The one thing not quite working for me are the blurry trees on the hill to the right; they're at the same distance as the town which is in sharp focus, so I think they need to be too. On the hill on the left, you've dealt with the same issue nicely with the cabin, but the trees again feel just slightly soft.
AnneWorner 12 620 43 United States
19 Mar 2010 5:28PM
I prefer the previous tilt/shift images, precisely for the reasons you state above.

Quote:the range of sharp focus is rather large and doesn't include any large objects that look obviously like models.

The mountains seem just too soft compared to the rest of the image. I also would have liked to see the original shot as a v2 - always interesting for a comparison.

barbarahirst 11 27 12 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2010 6:00PM
I am not sure what you have done here
But I do prefer this to the two other examples you mentioned
I am always interested in "new" ideas ...
DRicherby 11 269 726 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2010 6:11PM
Tim, you're right about the trees on the right. I did try to unblur them but think the problem is they're not very sharp or, at least, distinct, in the original image which, as per Anne's request, is now uploaded as a second version.

Alas, I forgot to straighten the so-called straight version. I'm going to leave it wonky because it was one of those which I straightened by eye, rather than by any reference line, so I doubt I'd get the same angle anyway.
baclark 10 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2010 6:24PM
I like the idea of the effect, but looking at the far mountains makes my eyes water! Not sure having them out of focus floats my boat, but that's just me! Love the road lines which pull you right through the image. I can see how the road got it's name.

PS Thanks so much for the mods and comments. I'm always wary of mono that I'll make areas too black and detail will be lost .... memo to self, must be braver!
AnneWorner 12 620 43 United States
19 Mar 2010 7:28PM
Thanks for v2 - very interesting to see the effect the tilt/shift has had. That said, I quite like the original Smile
ChiliMan 13 135 17 Singapore
20 Mar 2010 4:03PM
Very interesting outcome...although I agree with Anne: I prefer the original.

That aside, the Stephen King reference is good enough for me Smile

gingerdelight 13 298 11 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2010 9:16PM
Yes, I also prefer the original in this instance.
videotec 11 8 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2010 11:44AM
Very interesting narration--I too prefer the original, and a great vanishing point--super shots
essexdean 11 1 England
23 Mar 2010 7:30PM
Version 1 for me, just find it more interesting to look around, kept me captured for ages.
morpheus1955 13 3 2 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2010 1:12AM
super image, great dof, very well taken and presented.

24 Mar 2010 8:45AM
Excellent love the two.
imagio 13 12 1 England
24 Mar 2010 4:59PM
I like the idea (V1) as it seems more interesting looking around the image.

madbilly 11 1 4 England
24 Mar 2010 7:28PM
I prefer V2, the trees look too far out of focus to other parts of the image.sorry. The view in v2 is excellent, pretty envious of your trip out there.


Phil1958 11 272 4 Wales
24 Mar 2010 9:06PM
Two excellent shots, like them both,

EAS 11 1 13 Scotland
24 Mar 2010 9:28PM
The view in V2 is superb. Love the details and colours. The mountains in that version are stunning and remind me of trips to both the US and through the Andes.

davey_griffo 11 213 165 England
25 Mar 2010 12:25PM
I see what you mean (having looked at your other shots) about it not being quite as effective. It doesn't pull you in quite as easily as the previous 2.

Having said that, I like the original anyway (just to be contrary).
25 Mar 2010 4:34PM
Great view, very Colorado indeed.
25 Mar 2010 4:56PM
good image,v2 for me.ray
metro074 10 8 Australia
25 Mar 2010 10:42PM
Wonderful images. I like the way you have merged in and out of the picture leaving detailed clarity in the centre of V1. Well done
FeatherFriend 12 38 217 England
26 Mar 2010 2:49PM
I don't feel qualified to pass comment here Dave other than to say I like V2 best,
bliba Plus
14 2 Austria
26 Mar 2010 5:01PM
I prefer V1.....very interesting...great use of the selective focus .
looks almost like a Lensbaby shot - ALMOST Smile

thanks for your honest feedback on my backstage series!

have a good weekend

oliver 8-)
MilanaG 14 Bulgaria
26 Mar 2010 8:20PM
...v1 for me too Smile...good result!
celestun 16 29 14 United Kingdom
26 Mar 2010 11:03PM
Great work with the fake tilt-shifting! I like the effect!

Well done!

BURNSIE 11 25 4 England
27 Mar 2010 2:09PM
Nice effective shot.
27 Mar 2010 2:43PM
lovely effect.
look like a real 3d image. giving a sense of depth.
29 Mar 2010 8:09PM
Hi - Really enjoy your portfolio, most everything in it reflects your great eye and clear vision. BTW, txs for your earlier comments on several of my shots. In particular, you're correct that you'd seen the "PEEK-A-BOO" image previously, but deleted it to make several improvements suggested by you and others. Wasn't able to edit the first posting, so just relisted it. Thanks again, and best! - Rob
astyag 12 12
3 Apr 2010 8:29PM
Dave this is so creative! like the idea of going through the two V's well done
Animalsmagic 10 2 1 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2010 5:58PM
Really like the tilt shift effect, yes there are 'little discrepances' but i think it adds to the desired effect, very creative work

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