A Tilt-Shift Diversion

Tilt-shift photography amuses me. The first time I saw tilt-shift photos I immediately looked up the cost of a tilt-shift lens. Then I looked up web tutorials on building a makeshift tilt-shift lens. In the end I decided it was not worth the time and effort it required. And so I forgot about it.

This afternoon while stuck in tedious manuscript formatting it suddenly occurred to me that PhotoShop must have a plug-in or a few simple commands to mimic a tilt-shift effect on photos taken with a standard lens. And so I ran outside and took a picture to experiment with. In a few moments I had this:

I pulled up some old photos to play with too. Here’s Waikiki Beach photographed from the rim of the Diamondhead Crater:

Here is a shot from Camden Yards:

I doubt that I’ll use this technique often, but it was fun to play with for a few minutes.

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