Monday photo: Tilt-shift

There’s a fun photo tool at You can take any photo, upload it, and the program will blur the bottom and top in a way that makes the objects in the image look like toys. I don’t know much about visual art, so I’m not sure why this is, but the effect is marvelous. Here are a couple of examples.

This is a lavishly decorated hearse I came across in New Orleans:


Here is the same photo, with the tilt-shift treatment:


And here is a view from above the Golconda Fort in Hyderabad, India:


Here is the same photo, with tilt-shift applied:


Try it with your own photos! Shots of landscape objects taken from far away often look good, and it’s fun to do ones with people in them, too, as they end up looking like little Lego people.

7 responses to “Monday photo: Tilt-shift”

  1. Tim says:

    Do these images look like miniatures to us because our minds are trained by photos and movies of dioramas to read them as such? Or do they somehow inherently look small to the brain as it interprets the signals our eyes send? Is there any way we could find this out? Does it matter?

    Anyway . . . cool!

  2. Stella says:

    Wacky. Is it because it looks computer-generated?

  3. Nerd says:

    The way the program tricks you into thinking that the images look like miniatures is by blurring all but the featured image. This tricks us because when one takes an extreme closeup, like when shooting a small object, all but focal point are usually blurred.

  4. Rachel says:

    If you like these photos, you’ll love this short film!

  5. DJ Pauly D says:

    4: Wow! I love this, though it’s nerve-racking to see the little people scooting across the street! I especially love seeing the water, and the earth-movers that look like insects.

  6. LP says:

    Ha. Ha. Whoops.

  7. Oneiroi says:

    I did it with the old, mess around with photoshop method once upon a time. This is how it turned out for me.