Monday, April 27, 2009

Tilt-Shifting my Perspective

Tilt-Shift is a particular photographic technique which, as I understand it, allows for the correction of images taken through wide-angle lenses. There is a tendency to distort and for objects to 'lean' away from the centre of the photo. The use of specialised tilt-shift lenses corrects this. One other effect of these lenses is a narrow depth of field and, when this is allowed to blur at the edges, you get a truly odd effect.

The narrow depth of field simulates the effect of macro (close-up) photography and makes normal everyday photographs look like photos of intricate miniature models. It's just a trick of the eye of course, but it is quite extraordinary. Here are a few I knocked up today.

Try it for yourself by using this handy tool at And check out these links to other tilt-shift sites. You'll get hooked!

Thanks to Graham Linehan for introducing me to this. And congratulations on the TV BAFTA sir!


Winifred said...

I like it! I like it!
Thanks for this.

Tony E said...

Now you've got me looking for the Gimp in the first two pictures :)

Tony E said...

Some impressive videos by Keith Loutit created using tilt-shift -

Stevyn Colgan said...

Winifred - me too!

Tony - Thanks for the link. It's corking stuff isn't it?

Stevyn Colgan said...

Tony - The Gimp is still there! (for those of you who don't know what Find the Gimp is all about, visit my website here