Weekend fun – a play with tilt-shift to make this Sausalito street scene look like a scale model. You can buy tilt-shift lenses, or you can cheat using Photoshop - it’s an easy technique to learn. This is my second attempt. Remember the first? That was also in San Francisco.
If, like me, you hadn’t heard of tilt shift photography before, this is a treat for the child in us all. I heard about this the other day – it’s a way of making real life scenes look like miniature scale models. Why? For no better reason than we can! This can be done in camera but this is my first attempt at the ‘faking it’ technique using Photoshop trickery. I know it’s nowhere near as good as the examples shown here but still, practise makes perfect and I suspect I’m going to have some fun with this.
Mini Golden Gate, San Francisco
Anyone interested in giving it a go with their own photos can find links to web pages telling you how to do so at this Flickr group. …Have fun!
Stop me if you’ve heard this before but you know how sometimes you watch animations and it’s obvious that somehow they were taken from actual film footage? That’s called ‘rotoscoping’. It was a technique invented by the great Max Fleischer, creator of a favourite character of mine – Betty Boop. (He was also the creator of Popeye). Rotoscoping basically traces the individual frames of live film footage. It must be an incredibly laborious task, but then so is all animation.
Why am I wibbling on about rotoscoping? Simply because I was looking around You Tube this morning and came across this track that I like by British music duo Zero 7. The video uses rotoscoping and I find it fascinating to watch the people in this reduced down to single line drawings. I think you actually notice more of their body language in this simplified state and as an ardent people watcher I find it fascinating. Great video, great track.