Tuesday, April 21, 2009

VideoMonday: Tilt-Shift

Okay, so I know it's not really Monday but allow me to post my usual installment of VideoMonday today instead.

Recently my photographer friend Allen let me play around a bit with his neat-o tilt-shift lens that he uses for special pictures during his portraits and weddings. Here's an example of its results, as taken by Allen:

As you can see, it blurs out portions of the picture, either the top and bottom or the sides. Pretty cool. Well a few days ago I came across a video that was shot with the tilt-shift and the effect is amazing. In addition to blurring portions, it also messes with the perspective, which in this case miniaturizes the images. It makes people look like ants! (If any of you photograpers would like to take a stab at explaining how this happens, please feel free to leave a comment.) So here is the video of a helicopter ocean rescue, created by Sydney based photographer Keith Loutit.

Bathtub IV from Keith Loutit on Vimeo.

It was hard to pick my favorite one of Keith's because he is doing a whole series. You can also check out Mardi Gras and Beached.

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e* said...

holy amazing!

Allen Arrick said...

Yay, I made the blog!

So here's what's happening. Normally your focal plane is parallel to your "film" plane or camera sensor. With a tilt shift, you're tilting the focal plane so it is off-axis with the sensor. Blah blah blah.

It makes it look like a miniature because we're used to seeing small things with shallow depth of field (like in movies when they use miniatures and it's obvious). The TS can give you a shallow depth of field with big things, like cityscapes, creating a miniature effect. Sorry for being so technical.