My camera has been gathering dust lately. I don’t have as much energy for outdoor photos when there’s a foot of snow to trudge through. So I started experimenting with some new techniques in processing, including something called “tilt-shift”. On some photos, tilt-shift makes your subject look like miniatures. It’s achieved with a specialty lens that creates a focus area that resembles a wide band, along with opening up the camera’s aperture for a shallow depth of field. That’s all more technical than I ever even think about, and I don’t have a tilt-shift lens because they are very expensive.
There’s a web program that simulates the tilt-shift lens. If you upload a photo, you can adjust the focus band and get a very similar effect…for free. I took this picture last fall on a trip to the Westside Market with the Confirmation Class. We ate lunch on the balcony, overlooking the market stalls and shoppers. The tilt-shift effect makes it appear as if we’re looking down on a toy set. Click the image to see it larger. If you read this via email, click here to see the photo on the blog page.