Saturday, August 13, 2011
Photos That Look Like Model Trains
I was sent this link full of cool photos. These are pictures of actual trains that look like model trains.
How is this done? It's called a "tilt-shift effect". It can be done optically with a special tilt-shift lens, or during post-processing with Photoshop or other software.
Essentially what you do is take a photograph, preferably taken from well above "ground level", and blur most of the photo except a small portion. This simulates the very shallow depth of field used in most macro (close-up) photography. Also the colours are saturated to simulate the brighter paint of most models.
Here's a web site devoted to tilt-shift photography. There is even a tilt-shift maker online to do it all for you!
I used www.tiltshiftmaker.com to take this photo I took of NBEC 1819 outside Bathurst...
and turn it into this one!
Cool, isn't it?