I read this blog about "tilt/shift" lenses and it inspired this collection of images.
(NOTE TO NEW READERS: This post is considerably more photo-geeky than normal. Enjoy the images, but feel free to scroll down for more representative topics ;-)
"Tilt/shift" is a photographic technique where the "film" plane is tilted and/or shifted out of its standard position parallel to, and centered behind, the lens. The effect of tilting the "film" is that the area of the image that is in focus slices through the scene at an angle. (The effect of shifting the film can compensate for perspective when doing architectural photos, for example.)
These images were not produced by a tilt/shift lens, but rather using a selective mask and a Photoshop filter called "Lens Blur".
Once I got going, I tried combining this technique with some other filter effects.
Anyway, the effect can be used to control the viewer's eye, which naturally gravitates to the the sharpest area of a photo. The effect can be either subtle or quite dramatic.
It has another effect which is quite interesting. Because your brain has been trained by looking at so many photographs, sometimes it will interpret the subjects in images like this as being very small - or toylike. (This is because when you photograph something very small, the depth of field - the area in focus - tends to be very shallow.)
I am pretty straight when it comes to photography, I usually keep my processing to correcting contrast levels and cropping. This was fun and I think some of the images are quite interesting...
All words and images copyright 2009 Jeffery Blackwell