Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Tilt!

Today's apparently Cool Do-It-Yourself Day on 10K Monkeys. First, I found the make your own font site, and then I remembered this cool tilt-shift site I discovered in the midst of all the holiday/inauguration chaos. What's tilt-shift? It's a photography method using a lens that's tilted relative to the image plane, a large aperture, and shallow depth of field. It produces images that look like miniatures and can be used in still or video photography (here are some more videos).

Like it? Guess what? There's a web site where you can tilt-shift your own photos! I took my photo of the Bosphorus in Istanbul and put it through the grinder. Below are the original photo and the tilt-shift version.


2 comments:

Keera said...

Will check out the handwriting thing later, but did try the tilt-shift. I quickly discovered that you have to be particular about the photo. Nothing in the foreground (like a tree or lamp post) must be in the area that is to end up in focus, for example. Your photo was pretty optimal.

alice said...

Yeah, it took me a while to find a photo that fit. You can expand the focus size, but it helps a lot of have a photo that was taken from a distance. A lot of my pictures are of a single subject -- I have a lot of portraits, for example -- which are not at all appropriate for this context...